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King of Pops Robbed in Decatur

The popsicle vendor said a customer on the Court Square snatched his bank bag.

This is a story about pops and robbers.

A vendor working the Decatur Square told that a customer grabbed a bank bag and ran the afternoon of July 1.

The vendor said a man bought a popsicle, then walked around the stand asking questions. He grabbed a blue bank bag on the ground underneath the popsicle stand and ran toward Church Street.

The man was described as a dark-skinned black male, about 5-foot-8, with a slight gap between his two front teeth. He wore a black ball cap, gray shirt and long black jean shorts.

Inside the bank bag: $115 in cold cash.

Ms. July 11, 2012 at 03:41 AM
The square is becoming quite the criminal mischief hot spot.
Jennifer Katz July 12, 2012 at 08:28 PM
this matches the description of a man who has been robbing offices for credit cards; see the related article and read his physical description; it is the same guy, clearly. If you know anyone who works in offices around the square, tell them to dog their doors so they only open from the inside. this will prevent someone from just walking in, but you can let them in personally from inside, safely.
Jennifer Katz July 12, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Oh, and secure the bank bag so it isn't laying in easy access of a savvy crook! I have successful tips for this....
Dana Blankenhorn July 14, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Most "crime waves" are the work of fewer than a half-dozen people. This crime wave, as Jennifer Katz notes, is one person. So be on the lookout for this character, and if you see him, point him out to the nearest cop. There are usually cops on the square.
Joanne July 14, 2012 at 06:49 PM
How gross. The thugs of Atlanta are infiltrating Decatur. I say get rid of the MARTA station. It brings the thugs directly to a city that hard-working, decent people have put a lot of energy and money into building. Thugs, thugs, thugs. I am sooooo tired of them!!!!!!
bulldogger July 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Joanne, I agree wholeheartedly with your comment about the THUGS AND MARTA. Yes, they both should be put in the same sentence. The very worst thing that has ever come to Decatur is that awful MARTA station that took away our square and the small town feeling. We need to get this THUG and put him away......and Mr. Mayor Floyd, please back off of your support for TSPLOST passage........it's an extremely unpopular thing to propose in an economic recession.
Steve Markham July 15, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Thugs will be here even if MARTA is not. That same small minded thinking back in the 70s is what created the quagimre of traffic issues that we have today. If the people of both Cobb and Gwinett counties had just allowed mass transit into those counties we wouldn't be spending 3+ hours a day in our cars. And it's not as though they were skipped over by thugs because MARTA isnt there. Crime in Cobb and Gwinett is just as bad as it is here in Decatur. Don't blame mass transit for an upswing in crime. Look at the economy and place blame where it belongs, with local and state government.
Ms. July 15, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I'm a regular rider of MARTA, and was of public transit when I lived up north, and it's safer down here. Thugs are not limited in their transportation modes, and if you're paying attention you'll know that crime isn't limited in any way to public transit. The Cabbage town kidnappers, home burglary rings, and the smash and grab crews are obviously doing it from cars, and those organized crime folks, are the biggest threats. But to be frank, I find it highly absurd and Decatur should be embarrassed that that they can't stop things from happening ON the Square. It's the most visible piece of the city jewel, it's where school kids hang out, and while police can't be everywhere, they need some sort of little satellite post directly in the Square, if for nothing more than show and deterrence. Sure criminals will move elsewhere, but when I read about events happening on the Square, it just looks so bad. If you can't be safe(r) in the most visible place in Decatur, that just implies something really negative in my opinion.
Decaturette July 15, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Agree that the Square is where families, adolescents, and visitors hang out. It would be well worth it to have a friendly but consistent police presence there--I'm thinking on bicycles and foot. I wouldn't mind having security cameras there too.
Christina July 15, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I am a Decatur resident who is appalled by the comments placing blame on Marta for all of the crime going on. It spells racism to me. Decatur city residents, I understand the nostalgia for wanting to continue the small town ways, but placing blame on public transportation is not the answer. Labeling Marta goers as thugs has soured my opinion of this hip and green city.
Decaturette July 15, 2012 at 09:02 PM
It's always cracked me up when folks blame MARTA or sidewalks for bringing crime into their neighborhood. How many thieves do you see walking to MARTA on the sidewalk carrying a wide-screen TV? It's much more likely that they'll use a vehicle (often stolen) to go right up to a home or store, break in, and get away fast with a bunch of stuff. But I do think that the Square, like any open urban space, needs good community policing and surveillance if we want to keep it family/teen/visitor friendly and discourage opportunistic crime. Once an area becomes perceived as unsafe, people with other choices avoid it and it becomes a vicious cycle--the more deserted an area feels, the less folks want to go there, the more deserted it becomes and the easier it is for people who go there to be victimized.
Steve Markham July 15, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I agree a stronger law enforcement presence would be beneficial, but let's not start talking about the gross infringement of privacy that surveillance cameras would bring. That's an entirely different topic. Decatur is a cycle friendly town. However I never see bike cops on patrol. I second the notion of having bike cops run a beat through the square...
Steve July 16, 2012 at 01:25 AM
You're not paying attention. There are bicycle and foot patrol officers on the Square on a regular basis. If you see an empty Decatur police car on the loop or Church St, it's because the occupants are somewhere in the business district on foot or on a bike (look for the bike rack on the back of the car). Even when there;'s not a car, the officer may have ridden a bike up from the police station - I've seen them doing it.
Decaturette July 16, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Can someone explain why surveillance cameras on the Square are worrisome? I'm no Big Brother fan and wouldn't want all of City of Decatur under surveillance but the Square seems like a logical place for it. Isn't there a surveillance camera in just about any store nowadays? I always feel reassured by the post-crime photos that clearly show the perpetrator so the police can identify and arrest him/her before he/she does any more harm.
Avondale Estates comment July 16, 2012 at 01:12 PM
I agree that cameras would deter crime. It takes people to monitor cameras. Cutbacks during recessionary times reduce police and fire. Perhaps tax increases are not always the worse thing that could happen when our safety is involved.
K.C.S. July 16, 2012 at 03:12 PM
RE: Paying attention. He said "stronger." The comment about the officers being somewhere on the square is valid. I see them at Starbucks, and chatting with folks on the benches all the time. The folks aren't on the benches. They are.
Laura Martin July 16, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I wonder if downtown Kennesaw has this problem? Kennesaw has required heads of households to keep at least one firearm in their home since 1982. I think more criminals would steer clear of Decatur if they knew we were all packing heat.
robert preston July 25, 2012 at 07:27 PM
oh spare me the white guilt b.s. thug isnt a racial term, or even a racially coded term, spare me the white guilt.

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