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Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files (Feb. 25) 

Trash talk

One Woman's Trash One-upping sleuthing spouses everywhere, a Lake Wylie wife decided to let police do the legwork and track her husband's afternoon activities. After watching her husband drive his pick-up truck away from their home, the woman phoned authorities to report him missing. Though the not-quite-missing man had explicitly outlined his plans to head to the city dump, the wife -- perhaps reminded of the old adage, 'one woman's trash is another woman's treasure' -- asked police to treat her trash-picking husband as a missing person.

Mouse Trapped A passenger at Charlotte Douglas International Airport probably thought he'd picked an inconspicuous place to hide his stash when he stuffed his bag of cocaine into a computer mouse. Unfortunately the mouse ended up being more of a mole, and TSA agents were able to quickly locate the baggy full of white powder as the man passed through a security checkpoint. After positively identifying the substance as cocaine, the sky-high passenger was grounded.

Metal Unmentionables We can't help but wonder what a man had to hide when he attempted to evade security at a recent Bojangles' Coliseum event. The man first tried to sneak past security officers, who were using metal detecting wands to scan audience members as they entered the venue. When he was stopped by a guard, he proceeded to strike the wand out of their hand. The metal detector was damaged in the altercation, and the venue has requested that the suspect pay to replace the $230 device.

Drink and Dash A 24-year old University City man called police after discovering his car had been broken into overnight. The suspect smashed a window to gain entry to the vehicle, which was parked outside a student housing complex, then apparently spent some time drinking in the vehicle. Nothing was stolen, but the suspect did leave behind a single bottle of booze on the passenger seat.

Can't Regain the Flame The relationship may have ended, but the Netflix was still good. That may be how an East Forest woman justified her decision to move in with an ex-boyfriend after they had broken up. The man was under the impression that his former flame would just be crashing on his couch for a few days, but as more time passed, he realized she had no plans to leave; and she finally admitted so. Ready to ditch the deadweight, the man contacted police and was informed he would have to formally file eviction papers for the couch-crashing ex, even though she had never been on his lease. Changing the WiFi password would probably work, too.

Fraud Alert A 26-year old Lakewood woman raised the wrong kind of interest when she decided to forego a traditional savings account and stash her cash at home instead. An undisclosed acquaintance was visiting the DIY-banker and observed her stowing a money bag under a pillow on her bed. Later, when the money-minded victim was taking an afternoon nap, the acquaintance snuck into her bedroom and snatched the money bag, which was stuffed with $900 cash. When the victim awoke and discovered the money bag was missing, she tried to call her friend, but her number had been blocked.

Finders Keepers An Ashley Park man faces larceny charges after refusing to return two articles of mail that the U.S. Postal Service had mistakenly delivered to his home. The parcels were meant for his neighbor and contained $137 worth of men's clothes. USPS personnel and the package's intended recipient made attempts to reason with the suspect, but he refused to hand over the duds. He'll now have something nice to wear to court.

Oh Hail No The harshest winter weather has passed (we hope!), but the heart of a Charlotte man charged with abandoning his child during the storm remains frozen solid. The man brought his 2-year old daughter into a NoDa eatery shortly before the forecasted freezing rain and asked employees to watch her for 15 minutes while he made a call to someone who could get them out of the storm. Two hours later, the man hadn't returned, and police were called to the restaurant shortly before midnight to retrieve the child.

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

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