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Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files (Sept. 10) 

Free rides

Free Rides: A man recently learned a hard lesson about trust in west Charlotte. He picked multiple suspects up off the side of the road to give them "a courtesy ride" last week, and stopped at a gas station on the way to drop them off. The man entered the store alone and when he came out, his Toyota Avalon was gone. In an unrelated incident, a test drive at Carz 4 Less on South Boulevard apparently went well last week. A salesperson told police that when he and a tester arrived back at the dealership, he exited the vehicle and the driver drove off the lot.

It's an Emergency: Employees at the Uptown CVS location had to call police back to the store after somoene decided to urinate in the store for the second time in a month. As reported in The Blotter on Aug. 13, a man had previously decided to let loose on the display of Get Well cards. This time, the pisser did $300 in damage.

Dog Days of Summer: A 24-year-old woman filed a police report after feeling she was cheated, although not for any loss of money, by a Craigslist-er. The woman said she met someone to pick up a free dog that was listed on the site. She was driving away with the dog when someone unrelated to the deal stopped her in the street, thanked her for finding her dog and took the dog away. In an unrelated incident, police responded to the scene of a brawl in northwest Charlotte that began over a dog but escalated quickly. The involved parties said they were arguing over a dog when one man hit another man, who would later go to the hospital, over the head with an ax handle. A melee ensued, which involved someone being hit over the head with a metal pipe, another person pulling a box cutter out and yet another suspect pulling a gun and threatening to shoot someone.

Not So Clean: Employees at the Uptown Harris Teeter location called police after watching a man shove multiple bars of soap down his pants before walking out of the store. It's at this point that you just mark it as a loss because you're hopefully not going to sell that soap anyway.

Public Service: Announcement A 17-year-old boy filed a police report after some of his peers posted safety advice online directed at him. The boy said he was threatened in a video posted on his Facebook page showing a group of several people holding guns and telling him to make sure he always keeps his door locked at night.

Just an Illusion: Nothing was as it seemed when the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team recently raided a home on Arrowood Road. Along with $25,000 worth of crystal meth, guns and other paraphernalia, police found a JIF peanut bar jar, a Muscle Milk container, a Dasani water bottle, a Red Bull can and Mountain Dew bottle, all with false interiors used to smuggle drugs.

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