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Scam uses legitimate businesses to target elderly

Scam uses legitimate businesses to target elderly

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- There is a warning about another telephone scam that targets the elderly. But this one is different. The scam is using legitimate businesses to target its victims.

The scam came to light from a heating and air conditioning company in Lawrenceville who wants to protect its reputation.

Ace and A Heating and Air just finished a job in Lawrenceville Tuesday morning. George Davenport had a circuit board replaced on his furnace. About thirty minutes after Ace and A left his house he received a telephone call. The caller said he was from Ace and A. He told Davenport he was due for his furnace to be cleaned.

"And (he said) they had a man ready to come over here and he would be here shortly," Davenport said. "And I said no, he won't, because Ace and A just left here about thirty minutes ago."

Gwinnett police bust chop shop

Gwinnett police bust chop shop

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County police arrested a man accused of running a chop shop out of his Lawrenceville home.

Charles Wright, 40, was taken into custody after investigators found parts of a stolen car on his property.

Police drove past Wright's Shannon Way home Monday afternoon and spotted vehicle pieces stacked next to the detached garage. The officers stopped the car to speak with Wright.

The police officers noticed the parts belonged to a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe and had been cut up with a Sawzall-style tool. The VINs had also been scratched off the pieces.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michele Pinera said police found the SUV's VIN and determined the vehicle had been reported stolen in Walton County.

Wright was charged with running a chop shop, theft by receiving, alerting a VIN and possession of a controlled substance. More warrants may be issued.

Personal Safety Tips

Personal Safety Tips

By Greg Norred, CEO, Norred & Associates

Over the course of your life, the chances of being the victim of a crime are at least one in three, higher if you live in a large city, and higher still if you’re a woman. The criminal’s objective is to maximize gain and minimize risk, and he’ll usually pick the easiest target with the most to offer. Given these odds, it pays to take precautions by following some basic safety rules:

Cops: Atlantans arrested using info stolen in major corporate security breach

Cops: Atlantans arrested using info stolen in major corporate security breach

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Twelve metro Atlanta residents were arrested in Boise, Idaho, after attempting to buy high-dollar gift cards with “credit card numbers stolen in one of the major corporate security breaches,” according to police.

Detectives believe the suspects traveled to Boise from Georgia to commit the crime, then planned to sell the gift cards and pocket the cash.

Arrested are:

Jonathan Kennard Penn, 20, Suwanee

Charles Ontavious Moore, 25, Stone Mountain

Teens sought in connection with Gwinnett house fire

Teens sought in connection with Gwinnett house fire

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Gwinnett County Fire officials want to speak with two teens spotted near the scene of a fire at an abandoned house.

The fire broke out at around 6:40 p.m. Saturday at a structure in the 1900 block of Lawrenceville Suwanee Road. Crews were dispatched to the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls from neighbors.

The single-story house was completely engulfed when firefighters arrived. Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said it was not the first fire at the location, but the building was a total loss after Saturday's event. No one was hurt.

As the house had no utilities, Rutledge said investigators believe the fire was intentionally set.

Man stabs stepfather to death over puppy

Man stabs stepfather to death over puppy

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A 23-year-old man is in jail after fatally stabbing his stepfather during an argument.

It happened shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday at a house in the 300 block of Congress Parkway in unincorporated Lawrenceville.

Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said the argument started over a puppy. The suspect, Diamond Mason, brought the puppy into the home about a week ago. Mason's stepfather, 51-year-old Joseph Kollie, didn't approve and asked the suspect to remove the puppy.

The pair's final argument about the puppy began late Tuesday night. At some point, Mason grabbed two large kitchen knives and stabbed Kollie several times, Ritter said.

Kollie was pronounced dead at the scene. Mason was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault, and is being held without bond in the Gwinnett County Jail.

Teens removed from filthy Snellville home, parents arrested

Teens removed from filthy Snellville home, parents arrested

SNELLVILLE, Ga. -- A Snellville husband and wife were arrested for keeping their home in such deplorable condition that their children were removed by the state.

Alan Gregory Tate, 52, and Jacqueline Marie Tate, 46, were charged with first-degree cruelty to children. Bail was set at $5,700 each.

Snellville Police Capt. C.G. Roberts said DFCS removed the couple's two sons, ages 17 and 15, from the house in the 1800 block of Pharrs Road. The teens were released to their grandparents' custody.

Health officials called the home an "imminent health hazard" and said they found cockroaches, cat feces and trash everywhere.