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Telephone scam hits Fayette County

Telephone scam hits Fayette County

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fayette County Sheriff's Office received two reports of phone scams over the weekend.

In both cases, the caller told the would-be victim that he worked for the sheriff's office. He said the victim had an active arrest warrant for missing jury duty; to avoid being arrested, the victim was asked to put $240 on a prepaid debit card.

The sheriff's office would like to remind Fayette County residents that this is a scam -- no respectable agency will ever ask for immediate payment via a prepaid card.

Anyone who receives a similar phone call is asked to hang up and dial 911.

Girl says man tried to lure her with puppy

Girl says man tried to lure her with puppy

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. – A 9-year-old girl told police a man tried to lure her outside of a Home Depot in Fayetteville by promising her a puppy.

The incident took place at the store located at 103 Pavilion Parkway. The girl ran away and the man left the store.

Fayetteville Police Lt. Mike Whitlow said investigators will review surveillance footage from the store.

On Monday, a 12-year-old girl in Woodstock, Ga., located about 50 miles north of Fayetteville, told authorities that two men approached her as she rode a scooter on the road and asked her if she wanted a puppy. She refused the offer and left without getting into the truck.

Couple used child to distract clerk during shoplifting

Couple used child to distract clerk during shoplifting

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga -- Police are looking for two shoplifting crews that are stealing high-end sunglasses. One of the crews appears to be a family.

The Lenscrafters in the Fayette Pavillion in Fayetteville must feel like they're being picked on. They've been hit twice by shoplifting crews in the past two weeks. Fayetteville police said one of the crews was a man, a pregnant woman and a young child.

On March 17th, 2015, the family walked into the store looking as innocuous as could be. Police said the woman appeared to be pregnant and the child appeared to be a three or four year old boy.

Surveillance video from the store shows the man remove several pairs of glasses from displays and tuck them into his pants pockets. The couple and child eventually left the store with nearly $1,900 worth of glasses.

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

What are Georgia's safest and most dangerous cities?

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Safety is a top concern for people planning to relocate to a new city. Luckily, the national research firm ValuePenguin crunched the numbers in an attempt to determine which areas of Georgia are the safest and most dangerous.

The top 10 safest cities in Georgia:

1. Holly Springs
2. Johns Creek
3. Milton
4. Flowery Branch
5. Tyrone
6. Grovetown
7. Peachtree City
8. Folkston
9. Jefferson
10. Hampton

The top 10 most dangerous cities in Georgia:

1. College Park
2. East Point
3. Atlanta
4. Americus
5. Garden City
6. Union City
7. Albany
8. Brunswick
9. Hapeville
10. Eastman

Public help sought in Fairburn cold case murder

Public help sought in Fairburn cold case murder

FAIRBURN, GA (WXIA) -- Police are asking for the public's help with an unsolved murder in Fayette County.

A Fairburn woman with cerebral palsy was shot and killed during a burglary more than two years ago.

Betty Brown is still grieving two years and seven months after she lost her granddaughter Denice Roberts in a senseless act of violence.

The two had been inseparable for 44 years, since Denice was born with cerebral palsy.

In August 2012, they came home from running errands and surprised an unknown number of burglars.

As the intruders drove off in a white vehicle, they fired at the two, who were cowering on the front


"She was shot in the left side of the face," Betty said.

Denise died instantly but her memory lives on throughout the house -- her photos, her doll collections, equestrian awards.

74-year-old woman among suspects in Fayetteville scam

74-year-old woman among suspects in Fayetteville scam

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Two people, including an elderly woman, have been charged with performing a so-called "Pigeon Drop" scam at a Fayette County grocery store.

Juan Alexander Jackson and Marie Mangham face one count each of felony theft by deception. Investigators said Jackson, 57, and Mangham, 74, carried out the scam in the parking lot of the Fayetteville ALDI.


Fayette County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Whitlow described the Pigeon Drop scam:

Fayetteville Shell station robbed at gunpoint

Fayetteville Shell station robbed at gunpoint

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- Fayetteville Police are investigating an armed robbery at a gas station and convenience store.

It happened Friday at around 8:20 p.m. at the Shell station in the 480 block of Bradley Drive.

Witnesses said the suspect entered the convenience store, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded all the money in the register. After receiving cash, he ran from the store and toward the car wash; police believe he got into a waiting getaway vehicle.

The suspect is described as a black man in his late 20's or early 30's. He is about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 170 to 175 pounds, and was wearing gray jeans, a dark-colored jacket, white women's sunglasses, white tennis shoes and a black baseball cap with a bird logo.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Fayetteville Police at 770-461-4441.