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Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files (Oct. 22) 

Following the scent

Clean Getaway: You have to get up pretty early in the morning to get one past a Dollar General employee. An employee at an east Charlotte location reportedly caught on to a shoplifter's game after watching her walk into the store with a seemingly empty purse, leave the store with the purse bulging, then re-enter the store with the purse looking thin again. The employee walked to the suspect's car and saw the floorboards covered with stolen bars of soap. She had her red-handed, but then the shoplifter overheard the employee calling 911 and left the store quickly, purse bulging again.

Beating the System: The principal of Winding Springs Elementary School filed a police report when a second-grade student paid for his school lunch with a counterfeit $20 bill. Enough said.

Duck Down: A 44-year-old south Charlotte woman called police after an unknown suspect allegedly came onto her property and shot and killed her pet duck. Not only should hunters beware that North Carolina's season doesn't really start until November, but try to make sure no one owns the damn thing before you go blasting away.

Baker's Dozen: Members of a homeowner's association in south Charlotte filed a police report for vandalism last week after some delinquent apparently got sick of everyone giving the number 13 such a hard time. The reporting person stated someone spray-painted "fuck 12" on a private property sign in black paint.

Smell Good: A man walked away from a University area beauty salon last week with enough cologne and aftershave to start his own salon. Employees told officers the man came into the salon and began filling a grocery bag with bottles of cologne and left the business before even approaching a cash register. In the end, he made off with 34 bottles of cologne valued at more than $4,000.

Breakfast Burrito: A 21-year-old south Charlotte woman was unappreciative that someone had breakfast waiting for her when she woke up one morning last week. The woman called police and told them that someone threw eggs at her car at some point overnight, and then stuck bologna to the sticky eggs all the way down the passenger side of the vehicle.

Low Profile: A 16-year-old kid apparently did not take into account that when you vandalize a camera that you're looking directly into, you've probably already been caught. Security officials at a CATS light rail station found the lens of a surveillance camera on a ticket vending machine to be melted, and went back to check the tape. Police officers quickly recognized the teenager who put his cigarette out on the lens as someone who hangs around the station often, and went to arrest him.

Threats of the Week: A man angry about the fact he couldn't find his girlfriend texted an incoherent, but still scary somehow, threat to a 35-year-old woman he believed to be harboring his girl. The victim reported receiving a threat that stated, "Imagine come through night wet house up, you got my baby girl A-------. I'll kill everybody in that bitch."

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

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