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Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files (March 4) 

Up in smoke

Bye bye, baby: A man went to police last week after his child's mother took "dropping the kid off" too literally. The man told officers that the suspect left his 1-year-old daughter unattended on his front porch for 20 minutes one night until he found her sitting there.

Catfish: A 42-year-old woman filed a report after being scammed by who she thought was her husband-to-be. The woman told police that a man befriended her on Facebook last October. He then told her he was ill and asked for money to buy medicine. She gave him the money because he had also convinced her that they were in a relationship and that he would marry her. Four months and $2,715 later, the woman went to the airport to pick up her now-healthy beau, but no one showed up.

Heated issue: A 49-year-old woman in Ballantyne was shocked to see that someone lit the American flag hanging outside of her front door last week on fire, damaging it and the landscaping beneath it.

Up in smoke: While e-cigarettes threaten to put a sizable dent in big tobacco's profits, one thief in east Charlotte may be an even bigger threat. An unknown suspect broke into the storage shed of a Circle K last week and made off with an entire truckload of cigarette cartons. The number of cartons was not listed in the police report, but the dollar amount was estimated at $13,857.

Spitfire: A 57-year-old man and his daughter came to blows, and loogies, during a domestic dispute in the University area last week. The father called 911 after the fight and told responding officers that his 21-year-old daughter had spit on him and kicked him in the groin. She told police that she only did so in response to being spit on herself and punched in the head.

Mistaken Identity: A woman was rightfully startled last week after she was approached and grabbed by a man while walking out of her friend's home last week. The man, not dressed in a police uniform, told her she was coming with him and then stated she was under arrest. She later found out he was a bail bondsman and had mistaken her for someone else.

Hold Me Tight: A man and his girlfriend have been entered into the Blotter Hall of Fame for all of the right reasons after a lovemaking session brought police to their home last week. The woman was found to have bruising around her neck but told police that she and the man "participate in this type of activity" and there was no malice. The man also had marks around his neck. No arrests were made.

Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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