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Man arrested for beauty shop burglaries

Man arrested for beauty shop burglaries

MARIETTA, Ga. -- A 28-year-old man has been arrested for numerous crimes, including at least six burglaries and two car thefts.

Joe Nathan Ford was taken into custody last Friday.

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The suspect is accused of breaking into beauty supply stores and stealing pricey hair extensions, according to Marietta Police Officer David Baldwin.

"These burglaries have caused extensive damage to area businesses due to stolen vehicles being driven through the storefronts to gain access," Baldwin said. "Damage to businesses and product loss in Cobb County alone is estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars."

4 indicted for killing man outside gas station

4 indicted for killing man outside gas station

MABLETON, Ga. -- Four Cobb County residents have been indicted by a grand jury for killing a man outside a Mableton gas station.

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Johnathan Anthony, Kemonta Bonds, Antonio Pass and Jekari Strozier are accused of beating and stomping 36-year-old Joshua Chellew, then pushing him into the path of a car on June 30.

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The defendants were indicted Thursday. They face charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and violating Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

2 convicted of trafficking meth

2 convicted of trafficking meth

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Two Cobb County residents have been found guilty of serious drug charges.

Jamie Lopez-Vasquez, 33, was convicted last Thursday of trafficking and possessing methamphetamine. He was sentenced to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine; he also faces deportation to his native Mexico.

A co-defendant, 49-year-old Martin Muñoz-Olveda, pleaded guilty to trafficking meth and testified against Lopez-Vasquez. Muñoz-Olveda was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 15 more on probation.

Cobb County Assistant District Attorney Shepard Orlow argued that the two defendants lived in a stash house on Glendale Circle in Smyrna. The house was raided last September; agents recovered 17 pounds of meth worth roughly $750,000. They also found large quantities of unfinished meth in the house's garage.

The Marietta-Cobb-Smyrna Narcotics Unit helped the Drug Enforcement Administration in its investigation.

Vinings SunTrust robbed

Vinings SunTrust robbed

ATLANTA -- Cobb County Police are looking for the man suspected of robbing a Vinings bank nearly two weeks ago.

The robbery happened July 19 at the SunTrust on Paces Ferry Road.

Cobb County Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said the suspect demanded money from a SunTrust teller and showed her that he had a weapon hidden in his clothes. He ran after receiving cash.

The suspect was captured on surveillance camera twice. One of the pictures was from the actual robbery. The other was taken three days earlier, when police believe he was "casing" the bank, Pierce said.

The suspect is described as white, in his early 30s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall with dark hair.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Cobb County Police at 770-499-3945.

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

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2 arrested after failing alcohol compliance checks

2 arrested after failing alcohol compliance checks

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Smyrna police recently performed alcohol compliance checks at 17 businesses across the city.

A compliance check involves a teenage volunteer going into a store or restaurant and attempting to buy alcohol, according to Smyrna police spokesman Mike Smith.

Employees at 15 businesses did exactly what they were supposed to do -- checked IDs and refused to sell alcohol to minors, Smith said.

Arman Khaleghi, 25, who works at Discount Tobacco on Cobb Parkway, and Anika McCoy, a 29-year-old employee of the Red Lobster on Cobb Parkway, were arrested after checking the volunteers' IDs and still selling them alcohol.

The alcohol compliance check was sponsored by the Cobb Alcohol Taskforce, which was established to curb underage drinking throughout the county.

West Village Waffle House robbed

West Village Waffle House robbed

SMYRNA, Ga. -- Cobb County Police are investigating a Waffle House robbery that happened earlier this week.

The restaurant at the West Village on Atlanta Road was robbed at around 11 p.m. Monday, according to Cobb County Police Officer Mike Bowman.

Investigators said two suspects burst into the Waffle House, pointed handguns at the cashier and demanded money. After receiving cash, they ran from the restaurant.

Witnesses described the suspects as tall black men in their late 20s or early 30s.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call Cobb County Police at 770-499-3945. It is the second Cobb County Waffle House robbery in as many weeks; an Austell restaurant was robbed in a similar way on Feb. 9.