Police are warning area residents about con artists offering to help motorists with non–existing mechanical problems.
Officers were contacted by neighborhood watch members in the Windsor Forest area about a man who approaches drivers, mostly women, in parking lots as they are walking back to their vehicles. He points to a collection of fluid near a wheel and advises that the brake fluid is leaking and he knows how to repair it to avoid and accident.
He asks for money to purchase the part and returns to "repair" the wheel. He charges $18.
The man was described as a white male in his 50s with short brown hair, baseball cap, grey jacket and blue pants and approximately 5–8 and 185 pounds.
One woman who encountered the man in the parking lot of a drug store on Abercorn Street had the work checked at her garage later and was told the car had no problem and nothing had been replaced.
• Two people are in custody after selling prescription drugs to members of the Chatham–Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT).
Yesterday afternoon, Agents were made aware of an ad on Craigslist where someone was offering to sell the prescription drug Klonopin. According to the ad, it listed "KLONOPINS" and instructed the would–be buyers to text the phone number listed. An agent working in an undercover capacity contacted the number listed in the online ad and made arrangements to meet with the seller at her residence located in the 200 block of Quacco Road.
The undercover agent arrived at the residence and purchased a total of 50 Klonopin pills for $50. Once the sale was complete, the seller, 25–year–old Jessica Cope, was arrested. Cope's finance, 34–year–old Rashawn Mitchell, arrived and was also arrested after agents discovered he was wanted by the Chatham County Sheriff's Office for Contempt of Court.
• Carver Heights residents joined police who were saturating the area to apprehend two armed robbery suspects moments after the event. Calls from residents started coming within minutes after two men robbed clerks at Sheppard's convenience store at West Gwinnett and Stiles about 11:35 a.m. Callers directed officers along the path the suspects ran west into Carver Village.
The tips directed a combination of officers saturating the area. Officers located Nicholas Alexander Floyd, 19, and Juan Chaunecey Stephens, 20, behind a house a block away. Canine units helped locate two weapons used in the robbery between the two locations. Both were charged with armed robbery.
Stephens also was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. He is on parole since release from Telfair State Prison Sept. 2012.
He had served 21 months of a five–year sentence for crimes including two counts of theft by receiving, possession of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.
• Police Chief Willie Lovett said no funds for his department appear to be in jeopardy because of federal funding sequestration. But, he says, "any potential reduction in federal funds could have considerable effects on future crime fighting. Like all law enforcement agencies, we depend on federal funding where we can and we respect and benefit from our relationships with varied federal agencies."