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Police working to identify armed robber

Police working to identify armed robber

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Woodstock Police are working to identify the man who robbed a gas station earlier this month.

The incident happened on Dec. 7, when investigators say a customer spoke with the store clerk at the Chevron on Arnold Mill Road.

The suspect bought five lottery tickets and then left the station at around 9:45 p.m. He returned 15 minutes later as the clerk was trying to close the store, produced a handgun and demanded money from the cash register.

After giving the man money, the suspect ran from the store, according to the clerk, who sustained minor bruises in the robbery. Police confirmed the clerk's story after reviewing surveillance video.

The clerk described the suspect as a black man in his 30s or 40s. He was wearing a baseball cap, black hooded sweatshirt, jeans and black shoes during the robbery.

Investigators have reason to believe the suspect either lives or has family and friends in the Woodstock area.

Marietta man wanted for identity fraud

Marietta man wanted for identity fraud

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Authorities are searching for a Marietta man accused of stealing a Woodstock resident's identity and using it to buy an international plane ticket.

On Nov. 16, Woodstock Police met with the victim, who told them 46-year-old Robert Butler Wagner opened a credit card in the victim's name and charged a $3,000 airline ticket to the account.

Wagner reportedly put his name on the card as well, but misspelled it as Wager. When a TSA agent noticed a discrepancy between the spelling on the ticket and on Wagner's passport, the suspect was forced to change his name to Wagner on the ticket, police said.

Authorities believe Wagner is still in metro Atlanta. He also has a warrant out for his arrest in Cobb County for probation violation.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Woodstock Police at 770-592-6030.

Warrant issued for man accused of making harassing phone calls

Warrant issued for man accused of making harassing phone calls

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County police are looking for a Marietta man accused of making harassing phone calls to victims across north Georgia.

A woman approached the Special Victims Unit on Sept. 9, saying she had received a number of sexually explicit phone calls from a man.

Investigators soon secured an arrest warrant in this case for 42-year-old Harold Aubrey Blasingame. Blasingame is also accused of making similar phone calls to women in Acworth, Waleska, Woodstock and Lumpkin County.

Anyone who thinks she has received harassing calls from Blasingame, or who knows the suspect's whereabouts, is asked to call police at 770-420-6671.

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.

Man arrested for car bomb hoax

Man arrested for car bomb hoax

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A Woodstock man was arrested Wednesday afternoon for making it look like a car parked on his street contained a bomb.

Investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to Lexington Avenue in the Towne Lake Hills subdivision, where they discovered a white Toyota Solara with signs on the windshield and rear window reading "Car Bomb" and "50 Foot Clearance I.E.D.," respectively.

Deputies shut down the street and tracked down the owner of the car, who said that the Toyota had a flat tire and that she intended to return to fix it later in the day. A K-9 helped officers determine that there was no bomb in the car.

The car was parked in front of the home of 43-year-old Anthony Richard Couse III. Investigators determined Couse, who did not know the car's owner, was upset that the Toyota was near his house; he made the bomb threat signs and posted pictures of them on his Facebook page.

3 arrested in Moe's robbery

3 arrested in Moe's robbery

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Woodstock Police have arrested three young people for robbing a Moe's Southwest Grill on Nov. 2.

Investigators took Robert Bell and Randall Ruiz, both 20, into custody at their Marietta home Tuesday afternoon.

A third suspect, 19-year-old Brittany Hunt, was arrested in Woodstock. Police said she was the Moe's employee Bell and Ruiz held at gunpoint during the robbery, and that she conspired with the two men to steal from the restaurant.

All three suspects were charged with armed robbery, false imprisonment and conspiracy; Bell and Hunt were also charged with aggravated assault. They were taken to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center after their arrests.

Police are now looking into the possibility that these suspects are responsible for similar crimes in the surrounding area.

2 men rob Woodstock Moe's

2 men rob Woodstock Moe's

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- Police are searching for two young men accused of robbing a Woodstock restaurant Wednesday night.

The incident happened shortly before 10 p.m. at the Moe's Southwest Grill on Highway 92, when police said two suspects held a female employee at gunpoint while she was taking out the trash.

With a gun held to the woman's head, the suspects told the manager to open the restaurant's safe. They took approximately $1,000 before running out the back door, according to police.

Five employees were in the restaurant at the time; nobody was hurt.

The Moe's employees described the robbers as white men about 18 to 21 years old. One of the men wore all black and a ski mask, and was armed with a silver revolver; the other wore a plaid hooded jacket and sunglasses, and carried a black semi-automatic handgun. They may have left the scene in a dark-colored Jeep Grand Cherokee.