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Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files (Nov. 19) 

Criminal chills

Manscaping: A 25-year-old man called police after nearly being assaulted while walking his dog in his south Charlotte neighborhood. The victim said he was walking the dog down the street when his neighbor suddenly began chasing him with a garden rake, attempting to hit him with it.

Off My Property: A man lost more than just his material belongings during a break-in at his east Charlotte home last week. The man reported that not only did the thief (or thieves) steal a lot of his stuff — including his stereo, television, coffee maker and even the meat out of the freezer — but they also stole a land deed to some property he owns in Liberia. At least now police know the next place the suspect might be headed.

Wreath-er Madness: Green Bay Packers fans are not the only ones getting their feelings hurt over stolen football memorabilia in Charlotte this month. A 45-year-old man in north Charlotte called police after someone went to great lengths to steal a silly Dallas Cowboys ornament he had paid $50 for. The man told officers someone broke out his bedroom window with a blunt object in order to steal a Dallas Cowboys holiday wreath that he had hanging on the wall. Someone check Cam Newton's alibi.

Toy Shanks: Property managers at a South End apartment complex filed a police report after finding some disturbing props in their parking lot. The reporting people stated that someone found multiple pieces of cardboard painted black and wrapped in tin foil, made to look like knives, on the property.

Keep it Moving: A police officer in northeast Charlotte filed a report last week stating that a school bus struck a Duke Energy utility pole, doing $1,000 in damage, and then left the scene of the accident without stopping.

Netflix and Chill: Someone in north Charlotte was apparently upset they couldn't find a copy of Inside Out at a RedBox outside of a Kangaroo Express last week. A RedBox employee filed a report after doing his rounds last week and finding that someone had shattered the screen of one unit, doing $700 in damage.

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

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