Police Blotter: Robber At Mapco On 20th Street Comes Up Empty

Friday, July 12, 2013

A robber came up empty after an attempt at grabbing cash from the register at the Mapco on 20th Street.

The clerk said a white male came up to make a purchase. When he opened the register, the man jumped across the counter and said, "Nobody move."

The clerk began backing up while trying to close the register.

The man reached inside the register, but apparently got no money. A later count showed the only money missing was the amount of his purchase.

The man ran out the door, and a witness then saw a black Chevy pickup truck leave at a high rate of speed. The vehicle went the wrong way on Long Street before turning onto 21st Street.

The robber was described as a white male, 5'10" and 180 pounds. He was wearing a red Falcons T-shirt, blue jeans and a blue hat.

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Officers went to Scruggs Street and found a pile of clothes smoldering in the driveway.

A woman said she broke up with Deonta Ford and he became angry. She said he gathered up her clothes, poured lighter fluid all over them, then set them on fire.

The woman was given assistance getting back home.

Police said Ford went  inside, locked the door, and would not come out.

Warrants were taken against him for arson and vandalism.

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Police were told that an abandoned building at 2316 Center St. off Shallowford Road has become a residence for homeless people, who disturb nearby business people and their customers.

Dr. Kerry Friesen said he frequently has to run off vagrants. He said he has seen prostitution and narcotic activity at the site.

Police found that the building was filled with trash, and it appeared that people had been staying there.

City inspectors were brought in, and a Condemned sign was placed on the building.

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Assistant Police Chief Stan Maffett said he was driving in heavy traffic in the middle lane of Highway 153 near the Shallowford Road exit when something hit the right side of his windshield on his police vehicle.

The window cracked, though it is not known what type of object caused it.


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