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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:

Sophisticated ring stealing ATM users accounts

Sophisticated ring stealing ATM users accounts

MCDONOUGH, Ga --A well organized, sophisticated fraud ring is committing a crime that is becoming harder and harder to detect because of the technology they are using, according to Henry County Police.

ATM skimmers have been around for a long time but they are getting very hard for bank customers to detect. At one ATM in McDonough, 225 customers had their bank account information stolen, according to police.

So far, police have received reports from about 20 people whose accounts were breached. That leaves about 200 more who don't even know they're information was stolen. Lt. Joey Smith said the suspects haven't used their information yet, but probably will.

Lt. Smith said the suspects are using skimmers, electronic devices that are placed over the card slot on an ATM and when you put your card in, it scans your account information.

Thieves smash truck into Henry Co. Food Mart to try to steal ATM

Thieves smash truck into Henry Co. Food Mart to try to steal ATM

MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Henry County Police are looking for two suspects who drove a truck into a convenience store to try to steal an ATM.

The attempted burglary happened Tuesday at around 5 a.m. at the Marathon gas station and Kelleytown Food Mart at the intersection of Kelleytown and Ariline roads in McDonough.

Surveillance video shows two suspects backing a silver Dodge Ram into the store several times. They eventually drive away without the ATM.

Anyone who can help investigators identify the suspects is asked to call Henry County Police at 770-288-8496.

Henry Co. shoplifting suspect stuffs gun in pants

Henry Co. shoplifting suspect stuffs gun in pants


STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – Henry County Police are looking for the public's help in locating a suspect they said removed a paintball gun from its packaging, stuffed it in his pants and left the store.

It happened at the Walmart store at 5600 North Henry Boulevard in Stockbridge.

Surveillance video shows a black male wearing a black jogging suit bending over and removing the paintball gun from its packaging and examining it, before putting it in his baggy pants and leaving the store.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Harmon at the Henry County Police Department at 770-288-8264.


Suspects rob game machines at Henry County Citgo

Suspects rob game machines at Henry County Citgo

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Two suspects stole money from game machines at a Henry County gas station last Thursday night.

The robbery happened at around 11:20 p.m. at the Citgo at Highway 138 and Daniel Drive in Stockbridge.

Henry County Police Sgt. Joey Smith said one suspect used a crowbar to pry open the machines and take the money. He then ran from the store and got away in a brown SUV driven by a second suspect. No one was hurt, although the suspect threatened to kill the store's clerk, according to Smith.

The robbery is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Henry County Police Det. Clark at 770-288-7242.

2 charged in Henry County murder

2 charged in Henry County murder


MCDONOUGH, Ga. -- Two people have been charged with murdering a Henry County man with whom one of the suspects was living.

Michael Raymond Patton, 45, was found dead Sunday morning in his Highland Drive home.

Henry County Police Sgt. Joey Smith said Patton was shot to death. Investigators determined a woman living in the house, 44-year-old Tonia Lynn Gantt, conspired with another suspect to rob Patton before he died.

Gantt and 49-year-old Joseph Franklin Norris shot Patton during the attempted robbery, according to Smith. Gantt suffered a head injury during the incident.

Both suspects are being held in the Henry County Jail on murder charges. Gantt has also been charged with methamphetamine possession.


Man spends counterfeit money at Walgreens

Man spends counterfeit money at Walgreens


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HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- Henry County Police are looking for a man who used counterfeit money to make a purchase at an Ellenwood pharmacy.

The man passed four fake $100 bills at the Walgreens on Fairview Road, according to Henry County Police Sgt. Joey Smith. He apparently bought a Green Dot prepaid debit card with the phony money.

Surveillance cameras inside the store captured clear images of the suspect, as well as footage of him driving away in a white Dodge Charger.