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8 arrested in connection with Roswell, Mableton home invasions

8 arrested in connection with Roswell, Mableton home invasions

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell Police joined forces with officers from Cherokee, Cobb and Forsyth counties to arrest eight men believed to be responsible for a Wednesday evening home invasion, among other incidents.

The homeowner was alone in the basement of the house on Windsor Wood Drive shortly after 7:30 p.m. when he heard a thump and went upstairs to investigate, according to Roswell Police. He was confronted by five men, who tied him up with an electrical cord.

The man's wife and two children arrived home and startled the suspects, who ran from the house with a gold diamond pendant necklace.

Police determined that the suspects got into the house by breaking the glass on a back door.

The victims told police the five men were all wearing black clothes and masks, and were speaking a language that sounded like Spanish. At least one of the suspects was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

Man arrested for credit card fraud

Man arrested for credit card fraud

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Woodstock Police have arrested a man accused of having and using at least 15 fraudulent credit cards.

Investigators said 30-year-old Ben Achampong was taken into custody while trying to buy something at BJ's Wholesale in Woodstock on Monday. They determined he had used the cards at stores in East Point, Roswell and Sandy Springs as well.

A search of Achampong's home turned up the computer equipment he most likely used to create the cards, as well as fraudulent cards from victims in Colorado, Georgia, Michigan and Texas.

Achampong was charged with identity theft, fraud and forgery. He is being held without bond in the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.

Second suspect arrested for shooting at cars

Second suspect arrested for shooting at cars

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Alpharetta Police have arrested a second Roswell man accused of shooting at cars and a restaurant earlier this week.

Javon Dacosta Toppin, 22, was taken into custody Tuesday, just hours after the first suspect, 26-year-old Rashaun Yusef Stevens, was arrested.

Alpharetta Police spokesman George Gordon said the two were responsible for shooting a high-powered pellet pistol at cars and businesses in the area of Mansell Road and Highway 9 on Monday. The pair hit nine parked cars and fired three shots into the window of the Mexi-Cali Grill, Gordon said.

Both men were charged with felony aggravated assault and property damage.

2 arrested in national ID theft ring

2 arrested in national ID theft ring


ATLANTA -- Two local men were arrested Wednesday for their roles in a national identity theft ring.

Robert A. Smith, 46, was taken into custody at his Atlanta condo, while 49-year-old Robert A. Hill was arrested at his home in Roswell.

Doctor arrested for threatening code enforcement officer

Doctor arrested for threatening code enforcement officer

ROSWELL, Ga. -- A chiropractor was arrested for making terroristic threats against a Roswell code enforcement officer.

Dr. Michael Palmieri, 50, of Marietta turned himself in to Roswell police Tuesday.

Investigators said the incident happened on May 27 after Palmieri received a notice on the door of his business.

The warning was for a late business tax fee. Roswell police later added that the notice was left for a physician who no longer practiced in the office.

Palmieri went to Roswell City Hall to speak with the officer who left the notice, but he was not working that day, according to Vicki Barclay with the Office of Code Enforcement. The doctor told a city staff member that he would "come down here and put his head through the wall" if the officer left any more notices on his door, police said.

Palmieri faces a charge of terroristic threats, which is a felony in Georgia.

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

DeKalb, Fulton receive grants to fight sexual abuse

ATLANTA -- DeKalb and Fulton counties have been awarded grants for use by law enforcement agencies to combat child sexual abuse and exploitation.

The grants awarded Tuesday are administrated by the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Federal officials say DeKalb County will receive $496,793 and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office will receive $352,803. They say Atlanta continues to have a reputation as a center of child prostitution.

Twenty grants totaling $9.2 million are being awarded to agencies across the country.

3 arrested for stealing Jeep

3 arrested for stealing Jeep

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell police have arrested three Metro Atlanta men for trying to steal a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee from a local car dealership.

A employee of Palmer Dodge on Alpharetta Highway told police that he was approached by a young black man on Wednesday. The man offered the employee $2,000 to leave a key in the car so it could be stolen.

The suspect told the employee that he planned to send the Jeep to New York and then out of the country, according to investigators.

Roswell police set up a sting operation in the parking lot. Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, the suspect returned to Palmer Dodge with two accomplices.

When the suspect got into the $47,000 Jeep and started it, police moved in and arrested him. He was identified as 36-year-old Kevin Johnson of Dallas.

Johnson's accomplices -- Walter Ray Hamilton, 30, of Chamblee and Michael Robert Thimas, 25, of Marietta -- were also arrested.