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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (April 11) 

Police were busy on April Fool's Day this year

Last Stop: Employees at CATS contacted police last week after fearing that one of their former co-workers would hurt someone in the company. The disgruntled employee in question was fired from CATS, unmercifully on April Fool's Day, after serving as a bus operator for 12 years. After a "termination hearing" the man announced that he was committed to "doing the people in that did me wrong." Fellow employees reported that the man was a war veteran being treated for PTSD and is known to own at least one gun.

Fooled You: Police were busy on April Fool's Day this year, as a string of incidents involving golf balls being thrown through windows kept them returning to one east Charlotte suburb. The most serious incident, however, occurred when a woman in the University Area received a call from a stranger who claimed to have kidnapped her daughter and two grandchildren. He said he was holding them hostage and would call with instructions. The grandmother panicked and called police, but while officers were on the scene the daughter called and said it was all just a joke that she and her male friend were playing on this poor, poor grandmother.

Split Personality: It might have been a prank, but a costume change at a local Subway on April 1st scared employees enough to call police. A woman entered the business in a hurry and went straight to the bathroom. A few minutes later, she exited the restroom wearing a completely different outfit, even donning a multicolored wig. Employees found her old outfit, down to her bra and panties, discarded on the bathroom floor after she casually left without speaking to anyone.

Bridge For Sale: One Charlottean, who may be the most naïve victim of any prank this year, did not fall for anything on April 1st, but rather a couple of days later. Someone called the man claiming that he had won a Mercedes-Benz and needed to pay a delivery fee to get his prize. The fraudster told him he would prove it wasn't a scam by only charging half the $350 fee. The man wired the suspect $175.

Protect and Swag: An employee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sheriff's Department was arrested in late March at Northlake Mall after he was caught trying to leave Belk with two Armani Exchange watches. A security guard confronted the suspect — and got punched in the face.

Threat of the Week: A 34-year-old pregnant woman filed a police report last week after a man not only threatened her but also accused her of bestiality. The woman told officers that a man had called her 63 times within three hours and at one point told her, "I'm going to make sure you are in the ER and miscarry so you lose that little monkey."

Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

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