Decatur Police: Wallet, Cell Phone, Bikes Reported Stolen

Two men were charged with simple battery.

This information comes from reports.

Wallet stolen. A man left his wallet in his briefcase inside his office in the 100 block of North McDonough Street on Aug. 13, placed the briefcase next to his desk and left the office unattended while he went to a meeting in Buckhead. When he got back he discovered the wallet was gone. He discovered his debit card was used to purchase $96 in Marta fares. A second charge was declined at a CVS.

Two simple battery arrests. On Aug. 11, a man who lives in the 100 block of Glennwood Place told police his son attacked him when an argument over a cell phone escalated. The father asked the son to return the phone and the son refused. The father said the son pushed him down, pinned him to the ground and yelled in his face. The father said he has cancer and was too weak to push the son away. The son had left, but police located him later and made the arrest. On Aug. 12, a pedestrian flagged down an officer on Commerce Drive and said her father had taken her car keys and punched her in the face, apparently because he was still angry over a lost or stolen cell phone. Police stopped the father on the sidewalk. He had the car keys but denied hitting his daughter.

Phone stolen. A man working at the Blue Tarp Brewery under construction at 731 E. College St. said he was standing on a tall ladder Aug. 9 when he heard a noise and looked down. A man he'd never seen before was standing in the middle of the room. When asked why he was inside the business, the man left. The phone, which  had been plugged into a charger, was gone.

Two bicycles taken. A resident of the 200 block of Buchanan Terrace reported Aug. 9 that a Huffy Mountain bike worth $300 was taken from his carport. On Aug. 14, a man said his $800 HKS road bike was taken from Glenlake Park, where he parked it in front of the tennis center. The bike was unsecured, he said.


Keith August 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Is it just me or do "Wallet stolen", and "Two bicycles taken" scream of people not being responsible and welcoming theft? Going to a meeting and leaving your wallet unattended? Not locking up your bikes? It's this kind of carelessness that makes criminals as brazen as they are. Start being more responsible for your stuff people.
Heather August 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM
So... the victims are to blame here? Because thieves see unsecured property and just can't resist the urge to steal? Or it's ok to steal something because it's unsecured?
Kirkwood Resident August 22, 2012 at 12:12 PM
The victims are not to blame, but you live in a city where this happens. If you are careless with your actions, then you increase your odds of these things happening to you. It also starts to create an environment that is friendly to criminals who then begin to target your area more often. Criminals love soft targets.


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