COUNTERFEIT BILL PASSED AT DACULA STORE: Gwinnett County Police were called to an Auburn Road store on May 4 after a customer used a fake $20 bill to purchase $2 worth of merchandise. According to the manager, the individuals accompanying the customer "talked a lot about random stuff" in order to distract the cashier. The case is listed as active.
PHONE LOST OR STOLEN AT NAIL SALON: A Hoschton man visited a Braselton Highway nail salon on June 5 and sat inside while waiting for his daughter to get a pedicure. After leaving the salon, the man realized his iPhone was missing. The man believes the phone fell out of his pocket while he was at the salon, but he could not find it when he returned to the store. Management indicated no phone has been found. The phone had an estimated value of $500.
THIEF MAKES A GRAB FOR WATCHES AND MISSES: A June 6 attempt to steal watches from a Mall of Georgia jewelry store failed after the would-be thief missed his mark. A clerk at the store said two men entered the store and while one walked around the store, the other asked to see several watches. As the clerk pulled out the tray containing the watches, the male reportedly made a grab for the watches but was unable to get any of them. The male allegedly threw his drink cup at the clerk before he and the other man ran from the store. A mall security officer saw the incident and followed the males to the parking lot where he observed the men leave in a black Dodge truck. The mall security officer was able to provide police with the tag number of the vehicle. The incident is under investigation.
GOLD JEWELRY TAKEN DURING ROBBERY: A Buford store clerk told police three males escaped with $20,000 worth of gold jewelry during a June 4 robbery at a South Lee Street business. The clerk said one of the men approached her at the counter, pulled a gun and said, "Keep calm. We do this all the time. As long as you keep calm, you'll be fine." After locking the front door of the business, the two other suspects went to the jewelry counter and allegedly filled a bag with gold jewelry. Before leaving, the men also demanded the clerk hand over the cash drawer and her driver's license, which they reportedly said was "for insurance." After restraining the clerk with zip ties, the robbers fled. The clerk, who was not injured, was able to get loose and called police. A robbery detective and the crime scene unit responded to the scene to collect evidence.
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