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Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files (Nov. 5) 

That doesn't sound right

Gun Gone: Police filed a non-criminal report regarding an incident that happened in southeast Charlotte last week. A fashion crime was committed after all, however. A 52-year-old man told officers he lost his handgun and clip after placing it on top of his car before driving off. Perhaps the worst part of this man's story was not that the gun was then unaccounted for in a suburb full of families, but that, according to the report, he was keeping the gun in a fanny pack at the time of the incident.

Apologies: All Around Being a thief does not mean having no manners, as one man proved in an east Charlotte Circle K convenience store last week. Employees said the man walked in just after 1 a.m., grabbed a pack of Four Loko, said he was sorry, then walked out without paying. No sir, you are stealing Four Loko, we are the ones sorry for you.

Crime Pays: A woman was left without many of her learning materials after someone broke into her car in west Charlotte last week. The thief stole multiple textbooks — including math, English and drama — but fortunately the suspect won't need to study because he also stole the victim's high school diploma, so he has one of those now.

Something Fishy: Desperate smells call for desperate measures, and no one knows that quite like the man in South End last week who would do anything to put an air freshener in his car. In the report, an employee at a South Boulevard Auto Zone stated the suspect robbed his store. The suspect only stole an air freshener, but did so "by using the threat of violence or the use of intimidation," making it a more serious offense.

Let Me Finish: A man became irate when employees at a local gas station cut him off mid-piss last week. Officers found the man urinating in a bush on the side of a Kangaroo building at 4:30 a.m. and asked him to leave. He was apparently enjoying his stay too much, however, because he refused the officers' requests and was arrested for trespassing.

Power in Numbers: A group of 10 men walked into the Apple Store in SouthPark Mall last week and began grabbing phones, eventually walking out with 15 iPhones, worth more than $12,000 total. Two days later, a group of men walked out of the Northlake Mall Apple Store with eight phones worth $6,500. Police said no one has been arrested yet, and police are investigating the chance that it was the same group.

Anyone Will Do: A 19-year-old woman filed a police report last week after being harassed on the phone by some strangers looking for anyone to harass. She said someone called looking for someone she had never heard of, so she told them they had the wrong number. The suspect continued to call and said, "Where do you stay? We want to come over and fight you." In another call soon after, a separate person said, "Where do you live? We are going to beat you up."

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

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