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Woman Theft Victim in Milton: At Least They Didn't Steal an iPhone 5

The following information was supplied by the Milton police department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

An Atlanta woman who bought two $425 iPhones (4s models) for a man she barely knows lost the phones and the money it cost to purchase them from the Sprint store on Windward Parkway in Milton.

The victim rode to the local store on the night of Sept. 23 with the man and two other people she didn't know. After buying the phones, she put them in the SUV they drove to Milton, and then went back into the store. But "at some point she realized that the subjects who had brought her there had left the location," according to the Milton police officer's report.

After spending her money, the man left without paying her back for the phones.

She only had a name for the man who asked her to buy the iPhones, and knew that he lived somewhere on Fairburn Road in an apartment complex.

The officer advised her to try to get the serial numbers of the two phones so that they can be listed as stolen.

Debit Card Fraud Skips Between South Carolina, Georgia

A Milton woman told police she had to cancel her debit card after her credit union warned her it was being used to make unauthorized purchases in South Carolina and other parts of Georgia in a two-day period.

According to a Milton police report, on Sept. 15 someone used the victim's debit card to make three purchases in Seneca, SC, and one in Lawrenceville. On the next day, the unauthorized withdrawals or purchases continued, with two in Lawrenceville, two in Commerce and two in Anderson, SC. In two days her account was drained by $806. Not surprisingly, many of the purchases appear to have been made at gas stations.

Four-Hour Rental Passes Two-Week Mark Without Van's Return

An Alpharetta man rented a Ford Econoline van from Home Depot on Sept. 7 for four hours, but after two weeks he still hadn't returned it, so the store's operations manager called Milton police on Sept. 20.

According to a police incident report, store logs show a Home Depot employee was told by the suspect on Sept. 12 that he would be keeping. But he still hadn't contacted the store or returned the van, so a police report was made. The company for which Home Depot rents the vehicles won't activate LoJack security tracking devices until a report is filed.

Couple's Morris Road Home Robbed

A burglar made off with diamond, gold and silver rings and a laptop from a Milton couple's home on Morris Road on Sept. 20.

The wife returned home to find personal belongings had been moved around, and a back bedroom window wide open that she said was closed and locked when she left home.

The couple estimated the jewelry and laptop were worth $2,000.

For questions about this blotter, email Bob Pepalis.

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