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Man steals box of iPads from Target stockroom

Man steals box of iPads from Target stockroom

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A man is accused of stealing a box full of iPads from a Cobb County Target earlier this month.

The theft happened Monday, Jan. 6 at the store at 2201 Cobb Parkway South.

Marietta police said the suspect entered the store at around 8:15 p.m., walked around for a few minutes and then entered the stockroom. He grabbed a wooden box that contained several iPads and left the store out a back door.

The suspect got away in a white Chevrolet Impala with a sunroof.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call 911 or Marietta police at 770-794-5380. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the police tip line at 770-794-6990.

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Man arrested in death of woman found shot in her car

Man arrested in death of woman found shot in her car

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Cobb County police have arrested a 26-year-old Smyrna man for killing a Marietta woman whose body was found inside her car.

Sergio Vera-Lule has been charged with murder and aggravated assault in the Dec. 31 shooting death of 37-year-old Manju Gurung Poonmagar.

The victim was found inside a vehicle at the Westminster Square apartment complex on Windy Hill Road.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said police were first sent to the scene to investigate a car crash. When they arrived, they discovered Poonmagar's body inside the car.

Vera-Lule is being held without bond in the Cobb County Adult Detention Center. Pierce said the suspect has also been charged with three counts of armed robbery for crimes he's accused of committing at three Marietta businesses.

Suspect now tied to seven armed robberies in past month

Suspect now tied to seven armed robberies in past month

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga -- A serial robber isn't making it hard for police to tie all of his robberies together. So far police believe the suspect has robbed seven gas stations or drug stores since December 10, 2013.

Five different police agencies have tied the cases together from surveillance video and descriptions from victims and witnesses in the seven robberies.

He walks into the stores and demands money from the clerk and then walks out with only a handful of cash. Police said he is rarely violent. In one robbery he knocked over a display case when the clerk didn't comply with his demands.

Cobb residents convicted of forgery, ID fraud

Cobb residents convicted of forgery, ID fraud

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Two Cobb County residents have been found guilty of participating in an elaborate forgery ring.

Alphonsus Idiku, 35, of Kennesaw was convicted Oct. 23 and sentenced to six years in prison. He will be deported to Nigeria after completing his sentence.

On Wednesday, 31-year-old Miesha Sanyell Hunter of Austell was convicted by a Cobb County jury.

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Both defendants were charged with six counts of identity fraud and four counts of financial transaction card fraud for their part in what Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Hannah Palmquist called "a window into a larger and more sophisticated forgery scheme."

2 Ga. men bilked Walmart in nationwide gift card scheme

2 Ga. men bilked Walmart in nationwide gift card scheme

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Two Georgia men have been sentenced by a federal judge in Louisiana in a gift card scheme that bilked Walmart and other businesses nationwide of hundreds of thousands of dollars through identity theft and wire fraud.

Derrick Nathaniel Hartfield, 46, of Smyrna, and Rico Carty Clemons, 48, of Riverdale, received prison time and were ordered to pay restitution.

The men pleaded guilty in May. They admitted that they used illegally obtained retail store gift cards and applied for credit/debit cards using other people's identities.

Hartfield was sentenced to 60 months in prison, four years of supervised release and a $10,000 fine for wire fraud. He also received 24 months in prison, two years of supervised released and a $5,000 fine for aggravated identity theft. The two prison terms will be served consecutively and the supervised release will be served concurrently.

Anna Benson pleads guilty to assaulting husband

Anna Benson pleads guilty to assaulting husband

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Former "Baseball Wives" star Anna Benson has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and a firearms charge in an attack against her husband.

Benson, 37, entered her plea in Cobb County Superior Court. She is the estranged wife of former MLB pitcher Kris Benson.

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According to information presented in court, Anna Benson admitted to showing up uninvited at Kris Benson's Smyrna home on July 7. While there, she demanded money from her estranged husband, swung a metal baton at him and pointed a revolver in his direction.

4 men plead guilty to killing ex-Marine

4 men plead guilty to killing ex-Marine

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Four defendants pleaded guilty in Cobb County Superior Court Wednesday to beating and stomping a former Marine to death last year.

Zachary Gamble, 34, was taken off life support on Apr. 8, 2012, two weeks after he was attacked in the parking lot of a Smyrna apartment complex.

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The men convicted of killing him are 38-year-old Arthur Batchelor of Acworth, 40-year-old Sean Hall of Mableton, 36-year-old Jason Hill of Woodstock and 37-year-old Tarell Secrest of Marietta.

All four pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. They were each sentenced to 30 years, with 20 to be served in prison.