Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose says email scams sent to him personally have ranged from funeral expenses, to a big pay day, to offers for Viagra.
I get a lot of e-mail—hundreds over the course of a week. The city's system blocks the spam and junk mail from the email folders before they reach us, but some still get through; mostly from those who are concerned about my sex life and those who feel that I could use a few million. I am a lucky guy, having survived countless street fights with drunks who felt that liquid courage was always in order on a Saturday night and not connecting the dots towards figuring out that waking up in jail on Sunday had something to do with it. Admittedly, as I got older, I didn’t always bounce back when I got thumped. It takes only a couple of bangs on the head from a doped out freak to make an officer realize that luck was running out and it might be …
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose sounds off after a Dad uses him to scare his son into eating his food.
This happened to me several years ago and the same scenario presented itself again recently. I was having a quick bite to eat. I was in uniform so I was sitting at the far back of the restaurant, in the last booth, facing the front, in case a robbery or flash mob breaks out. When you’re in uniform, you don’t particularly want to eat alone because you feel like people are watching you—mostly because they are. As I sat there eating and looking to crush crime at the same time, I looked over and saw a small boy, about four-years-old, starting at me from his seat in the booth. I smiled and waved. He smiled and then stared some more. After a while it was time to go so I strolled over to the cashier. As I passed the boy’s booth, I smiled and …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Baseball is a favorite pastime of Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose.
In my world, summer means a lot of things including grilling out, taking the boat out at the lake, the bills for the boat, the drunks at the lake, the choppy waves at the lake, and guys who can’t back a boat trailer down the ramp at the lake. Then there’s the guys who ride wave runners who think I’m going to yield to them at the lake. And the drunks at Sunset Cove who travel in packs, look like the last-place finishers for a Chippendale’s dance-off contest at the J.W. Whitlock Mobile Home Park on Highway 431 just south of Eufaula, Alabama. [They apparently didn’t take the advice of their elders whose dying words were, “Son, it’d be best if you was to wear a shirt.”] In all fairness, however, Sunset Cove is a fine place for some good …
Friday, April 13, 2012
It seems it doesn’t take too much to set us off. We’re trying to handle the day-to-day headaches of money, jobs, kids, wives, and girlfriends.
I guess I don’t need to remind you that the world is upside down in many ways. According to the economic indicators, I can retire about two or three years after I die—maybe sooner if I relocate to the remote Canadian woods where I would live my remaining years a recluse, hunting down small game for food—which wouldn’t work too well because I don’t hunt but, on the bright side, I’d get down to my goal weight. I would come into town twice a month and order peanut butter and lighter fluid and be known as “that dude” by the local towns people. I would have a long beard and matted hair with little beads woven in signifying each time a tooth fell out. Not much to look forward to—except for the little braids in my hair. It seems it doesn’t take…
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose opines on our spring and winter weather seasons.
Spring is here. Not that we had a rough winter but still, it’s time to say “spring is here!” There are actually a few people who prefer winter to summer. These people are aliens from other planets and must be contained. I guess it would be different if we have winters like in the movies or television. A nice snowfall peacefully settles onto the rolling hills which eagerly await the skiers. Sounds nice doesn’t it? Well, we don’t get that. We get fallen ice-covered pine trees and we lose power for a day or two. The television weather guy, with rolled up sleeves and a loosened tie interrupts The Dr. Phil’s show and explains what’s going on with an awesome display of concern. Soon there is no electricity and no cable. No PS3, and worse, no …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Managers at Taco Mac, located at The Prado, noticed a server with a portable credit card device.
In his recent View From a Cop column, Sandy Springs Police Lt. Steve Rose alerted folks to how a credit card skimmer was used by a local restaurant employee to steal card information. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the suspect was a server at Taco Mac, located at The Prado. Aja Ananunziata and her husband Kareem Anthony Ananunziata were arrested on charges of financial identity fraud. In his Sandy Springs Patch column, Rose said: The case came to light when a restaurant server, already suspected of using customer’s credit card numbers, was observed removing a small, portable skimmer, from her pocket and it’s believed that she was going to swipe a customer’s credit card on it. The skimmer was later taken from the server and …
Monday, February 13, 2012
In his View From a Cop Column, Sandy Springs Police Lt. Steve Rose says every year men slowly walk the grocery store aisle looking for any Valentine’s Day card that looks even remotely original.
- VALENTINE'S DAY GUIDE
- Steve Rose
Monday, February 13, 2012
We sit on the eve of a great American tradition that can define us as Great Americans, or as bums. Regardless of your opinion, it’s every man’s obligation to take part in this event. Wars have been fought over it, and it’s for us that many men sacrificed so that we could arrive at where we are today. Welcome to Valentine’s Day. It is at this time each year that I send the call out to those who ride the narrow path between love and loneliness, warning of the price to be paid for procrastination. Each year I write about “Aisle Six—Aisle of the Doomed” where, on February 14th, just after 5 pm, in every grocery store, drug store, and other store, men with the thousand-yard stare, slowly walk the aisle looking for any Valentine’s Day card …
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Steve Rose reflects on his early days in policing with an original community police officer - and former baseball player, Corky Valentine.
Long before the beginning of the Sandy Springs Police there was the Fulton County Police and before that the Atlanta Police and before that, the Fulton County Police again. In this age of techno-everything it’s hard to imagine how police managed to keep up with the crooks without video, audio, tasers, laptops, reporting management systems, and the Use of Force checklist. When the Fulton County Police took over in 1975, they did so on July 1 at midnight. Thirty-one years later at midnight, they went out of business in Sandy Springs. To an extent, there were a lot of similarities. Although the Fulton County and Sandy Springs PD officers were handpicked at their respective times, county officers all came from the Atlanta Police Department. …
Saturday, June 4, 2011
My old GPS apparently had a sense of humor.
It seems hard to believe that anyone can actually get lost nowadays with GPS technology right at the end of your fingertips and even your cell phone. Police officers now just type in the address and a lovely voice tells them where to go and when they will arrive. Just for giggles, you can even learn what longitude and latitude you are in. My old GPS apparently had a sense of humor. While returning from Washington D.C., we were cruising through North Carolina, and tired of the interstate dullness so we decided to do some back road driving. At this critical juncture, the GPS started getting a little creative with the directions. My wife, Det. Sandra Rose, a crime fighter and common sense woman if there ever was one, was strangely loyal to …
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Seniors are more trusting of strangers and they have more time and disposable income.
Scams are becoming more sophisticated. Scammers are always looking for an edge using cell phones, misleading e-mails or fake websites designed to look legit. Elderly men and women continue to be inviting targets. There are several reasons why but the most common are that seniors are more trusting of strangers and they have more time and disposable income. Three people purchased a cell-phone account under the name of “Georgia Powers”—a slight difference from Georgia Power. When the caller ID showed Georgia Powers, the intended victim, scanning the ID display, assumed it was a call from Georgia Power. The ensuing phone caller alerted the victim that they owed money and unless they paid the balance, their power would be cut off. The victim …