Man Conned Into Paying $200 for Tile Shaped Like an iPad

Unusual police stories from Northeast Georgia.

From the department of “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” comes this story about a . The man, who was in his car, was convinced by a man in another vehicle that he was getting a great deal for the electronic device. They went to a grocery store parking area where the victim withdrew the money from an ATM. The buyer asked to see the iPad before paying, but relented when the seller said no and threatened to leave. After the thief was paid, he drove away, leaving the man with a FedEx box, which the buyer then belatedly inspected and found only an iPad-shaped tile. 

In a happy coincidence, when the victim talked to the cops, he pointed out what he thought was the car driven by the man who stole his money. Police stopped the car, but it wasn’t the suspect. The driver still went to jail though -- after cops smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

A Lawrenceville woman was busted for something a little more strange -- unauthorized napping. The woman thought a nap on the back porch of a home was a good idea. But Gwinnett Police and the owner of the home did not. The woman put two lawn chairs together to take a snooze, but woke up when the police arrived. “What the [expletive] are you doing in my house!” she yelled. Problem was, the house is in Sugar Hill and she wasn’t the owner.

In other trespassing news,  at an Athens home, but by whom? Local animal control and code enforcement officials said it wasn’t them, but apparently there was a caller who complained that if the animals weren’t removed, the complainant would remove them.

Attention shoppers: Watch out for flying drink cans in Aisle 8. We don’t know for sure if such an announcement went out at a Winder grocery store, but it would have been warranted. A dispute that involved three woman escalated when . The store manager broke things up, but when he called the cops, the woman ran out of the store.

In Lilburn it was scattered, not flying cans that got people in trouble. A report of loud music sent Lilburn Police to a banquet hall recently, but . When police arrived, there was no loud music, but a person outside appeared to have been drinking. Inside, police found beer cans all over the joint. But nobody had a liquor license.

A police officer dispatched to a Dacula car accident also ending up dealing with an unexpected situation. Police warned a Dacula man who was involved in a car accident to watch his mouth, . He let out a series of profanity-laced tirades and flipped the bird at officers after they determined he was at fault. The man had crossed a solid double line to pass another car, and then was run off the road, according to the police report. With a preschool open nearby where parents and children were entering and exiting, the man was warned to shut it or be arrested for disorderly conduct. He couldn’t shut it.

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