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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (June 20) 

Everyday low vices in the Queen City

Wanker: While most flashers in the Charlotte area like to show women naughty bits and run off after a couple of seconds, a man in east Charlotte took it to another level. The man approached a 32-year-old woman near a hotel on Sugar Creek Road and allegedly began masturbating in front of her. After a half minute or so, the man ran off to finish his business in a more private setting.

Tech-no-logic: A 32-year-old woman filed a police report after receiving some disturbing notifications. The woman told police that her husband, whom she is separated from, posted nude pictures of her on his Facebook page. In another case, a man was picked up by police for posting pictures of his electronic-monitoring device, after he had illegally removed it from his ankle.

Lamer gamer: A man who may have played one too many violent video games flipped out on his former roommate last week after she wouldn't let him inside to get his gaming chair. When the woman wouldn't let him in the house, he reportedly broke in by slipping a credit card in the door, shoved the victim to the ground by her neck and left the house with some cash she had on her kitchen counter.

Quick pick-me-up: A 62-year-old woman called police last night after she was assaulted during her daily walk in north Charlotte. The woman said she was simply walking down the street when a man she didn't know ran up behind her, picked her up and then dropped her on the ground. The woman said she didn't know whether the man dropped her on purpose or accidentally, but she was disturbed either way.

Everyday low vices: A man walked into a Walmart last week and was immediately recognized as someone who had been banned from the store in the past for shoplifting. That didn't seem to matter to him, however, as security watched him immediately put on a T-shirt on top of the one he was already wearing. He then grabbed a soda from another part of the store and drank it as he walked around. After he allegedly wrapped some facial cleanser in another stolen T-shirt, he was confronted and arrested.

Tiger mom: Employees at Oaklawn Language Academy filed a police report last week after a student's mother caused a scene in the school. The woman had been called to the school about her child's bad behavior. After signing in at the school, the mother immediately took it upon herself to find her child's classroom. She entered the room and allegedly began screaming at her child in front of the class, "insuring punishment" even as she was being told to leave by school officials. Even after the child and parent were escorted out of the class, "another round of punishment was issued," according to the assistant principal. The report abruptly ends with the statement, "This was not the first time."

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

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