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Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files (April 16) 

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I Know Who To Start With: An employee of Novant Health phoned police after noticing damage done to their Ballantyne-area office furniture. It appears someone keyed or scratched the name "Patricia Thomas" on a desk. I'm guessing police have at least one person of interest to start with ...

Blade Runner: A person was stopped in Uptown Charlotte after they were seen rollerblading in the street. Police confiscated the inline skates — and, hopefully, sent them back to the mid-1990s.

Robocop?: Police were called to CPCC's Central campus after it was noticed that a $7,000 robotic arm was missing from a storage building on campus. The item was taken sometime between Feb. 25 and March 18, which makes it sound like that $7,000 was not well spent.

What A Drip: On a recent Tuesday morning, a man parked his car at the EpiCentre parking deck and went about his business. Upon returning that evening, he noticed that a liquid substance had dripped onto his car from the pipes running above his vehicle. The victim contacted the on-duty parking supervisor and the two determined that the substance smelled like bleach and had damaged the vehicle wherever it made contact. The formerly black BMW was now spotted like a leopard. Making matters worse, the victim had only recently purchased the pre-owned vehicle and it still had temporary tags on it. He plans to contact the EpiCentre's owner to see if they can resolve the issue and have the vehicle repaired. Or maybe he can have it painted white ...

Running With The Devil: A 50-year-old east Charlotte man phoned police after noticing the driver's side running board was stolen from his Chevy Traverse. Who goes and steals a single running board — and what happened to the one on the thief's car that required him to look for a replacement?

What Did That Tree Do To You?!: A 57-year-old southeast Charlotte man phoned police after an unknown person poured an oil-like, greasy substance on his Japanese Elm. The tree suffered $3,000 worth of damage. If only trees could cry...

Do Your Own Dirty Work: A 26-year-old northwest Charlotte man told police he received approximately 50 phone calls and 35 text messages threatening him over the course of one week. The communications have included statements such as "I am going to send my family up there to kick your ass" and "I am going to get my cousins to beat your ass." Whatever happened to "I am going to kick your ass?"

Yep, They're Going To Hell: Police responded to a northeast Charlotte baptist church after a 17-year-old reported that her iPhone 5s was stolen. The phone had been sitting on a church pew.

Dapper Dan: A man was arrested at a north Charlotte department store after shoplifting a Countess Mara bow tie by placing it in his sweater pocket. He's gonna need that tie for a court appearance.

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

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