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Holiday Crime Prevention Plan exceeds expectations

Holiday Crime Prevention Plan exceeds expectations

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Marietta Police Department has arrested four people this week as part of its 2011 Holiday Season Crime Prevention Plan.

The program was rolled out in November. Its stated goal was to educate Marietta residents on the safety measures that were put into place for their protection over the holidays.

This week's first arrest was made on Washington Avenue, where an officer spotted a man using burglary tools to break into cars and steal items from them. Later in the week, another officer arrested two suspects as they tried to rob two victims in a neighborhood near Franklin Road.

The most recent arrested happened Thursday morning, when police received a call about a suspicious car circling the parking lot of the Taco Bell on Powder Springs Road.

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.

Sketch of home burglary suspect released

Sketch of home burglary suspect released

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County police have released a sketch of a man accused of robbing a woman in her Marietta home earlier this week.

The crime happened at about 1:45 p.m. in a house on Lawrence Mill Run. The homeowner told police she was in the kitchen with her child when a man walked in, pulled out a gun and demanded money.

After the woman told the suspect she had no money to give him, the man stole the jewelry she was wearing and then ran from the house through the open garage door, police said.

The victim described the suspect as a black man in his early to mid 20s, about 5-feet-10-inches tall and 200 pounds, with a dark complexion. He was wearing a dark blue New York Yankees baseball cap, a grey hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans, and was armed with a handgun.

Anybody with information in this case is asked to call Cobb police at 770-499-3945.

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.

MARIETTA: Police search for 2 suspected bank robbers

MARIETTA: Police search for 2 suspected bank robbers

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Marietta Police said two suspects accused of robbing a bank on Halloween have been spotted in the area of Barnes Mill Road and Merritt Road.

John McCrary and Megan Haney are believed to be the pair who robbed the BB&T at 1911 Sandy Plains Road, according to Marietta Police spokesman David Baldwin.

They were seen shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday. Police are currently searching the scene. Baldwin said he expects officers will be looking for some time Tuesday afternoon.

Woman convicted in $25 million telemarketing fraud

Woman convicted in $25 million telemarketing fraud

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Marietta woman has been found guilty in federal court of participating in a nationwide $25 million telemarketing scheme.

Kara Singleton Adams, 40, was convicted on nine counts of wire fraud, seven counts of structuring financial transactions and two counts of conspiracy. It took the jury four hours to reach its verdict.

Three co-defendants -- Adams' husband, 35-year-old Jason James Eyer of Marietta; 39-year-old James Adolph Schoenholz of Atlanta; and 40-year-old Brittany Dunphy of Orlanda, Fla. -- have already been convicted in the scheme.

According to information presented in court, the four defendants conspired to use fake credit card debt reduction programs to steal victims' identities. They initiated automated telephone calls to people throughout the United States to sell the debt reduction program.