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Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files (Feb. 4) 

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How Much?!?: A South Park area department store reported the theft of Polo socks and a Polo belt. The socks retail for $34 and the belt sells for $195. Was the crime shoplifting or that Polo charges that much for socks and a belt?

Oh Shihtzu: Officers were dispatched to the west Charlotte home of a 54-year-old woman who reported a breaking and entering at her residence. The only thing missing was a tan and white shihtzu valued at $700. Personally, I think my dog is worth $1 million, but I'm not going to say that in a police report.

I Once Was Blind: A suspect was apprehended after he attempted to leave a south Charlotte Walmart after shoplifting Genteal Eye Gel. Perhaps his severely dried eyes wouldn't let him see where the cash register was.

Knock Out The Fat: A 24-year-old Iron Station, North Carolina, resident called police after someone broke into his 2001 Toyota Tacoma and stole a pair of Irish Setter work boots and a George Foreman Grill. A 2001 vehicle with a George Foreman Grill ... did the police check to see if the car was a time machine?

This Is A Habit?: Police responded to a south Charlotte Harris Teeter where a suspect had taken a cloth shopping bag, filled it with roughly $235 worth of batteries and nearly $100 worth of lighters and walked out of the store. The suspect was apprehended a short distance from the store and charged with felony habitual misdemeanor larceny. It's a felony when someone has four or more prior larceny convictions. At some point they have to start thinking, "Maybe I have a problem," don't they?

All This Theft Is Making Me Thirsty: A northeast Charlotte couple called police after someone unlawfully walked into their home through the unlocked front door and stole a variety of items including a 32-inch flatscreen TV, crystal angel figurines, a bottle of Bath and Bodyworks Moonlight Path lotion, two cans of Monster Energy Drink and two 24-oz cans of Bud Light. Random, isn't it?

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

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