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Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files (Feb. 7) 

A big soaking-wet mess

Senior Scammer: An employee at Brighton Gardens assisted-living home found a stranger roaming the halls last week. When the employee asked the man what he was doing, the suspect said he was visiting to reminisce about the time he delivered papers to the building. The man took off running so employees chased after him, but he escaped by jumping on a departing city bus. It was later found that he had stolen from clients' rooms.

Swim with the Fishes: Police responded to a vandalism call last week after someone made a soaking-wet mess. The 32-year-old victim told police that the suspect walked into her house after an argument earlier in the day and pushed one of her aquariums. The first aquarium fell into a second aquarium, and both tumbled to the ground. The first shattered, but the second miraculously escaped damage.

Extreme Baby Sitting: A man was arrested in west Charlotte last week after a late-night drive with his daughter turned out not to be the bonding experience he had hoped for. Police received a call reporting an armed man in the area and found that the armed person in question was not actually a man. When officers approached the suspect vehicle, they found the man at the wheel, his 8-year-old daughter in the passenger seat, and a shotgun lying across her lap. An open container of alcohol was in the cup holder nearest her. The man failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for multiple charges, including endangering a child.

Magic Bus: A man crashed his car near Uptown last week, and police soon found that it was a miracle he could drive the vehicle at all. When they approached the scene, officers smelled marijuana coming from the car so they searched it. The search turned up three grams of psilocybin mushrooms, one gram of heroin, 48 doses of LSD, 20 grams of crystal meth, 127 grams of pot, a crack pipe, a weed grinder, rolling papers, and a straw laced with cocaine residue.

Loopy Logic: An east Charlotte couple decided that the police could help them last week when their plan to score some drugs went awry. The suspects told officers that they were just trying to buy some "street-level drugs" when they gave a man they had never met before $155. The man took the money and promised to come back with the drugs but — surprise, surprise — never did.

Threat of the Week: A 26-year-old man filed a police report after his neighbor gave him a rather unfriendly letter. The victim told officers that the suspect slipped a note under his door one morning saying that if the victim didn't start turning his music down in the morning, he would "fuck him up, rob him and murder him." The neighbor referred to the victim as the N-word multiple times in the letter.

Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

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