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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (April 25) 

Playing House: An employee at a local Enterprise Rent-A-Car filed a police report after one of the company's cars was stolen from a customer. The responsible customer said the car could have been stolen by only one person: her "play-granddaughter," who has access to the woman's residence at all times. Fortunately, the lime green 2011 Kia Soul shouldn't be too hard to find.

Slander Thy Neighbor: A 41-year-old woman filed a police report last week after being slandered in her south Charlotte apartment complex. She told officers that she has been in an ongoing feud with one of her neighbors. One day, the victim noticed a poster hanging in her complex bearing her picture, full name and derogatory comments. She kept walking and found that the suspect had posted them all around the neighborhood. Hey, that's better than finding yourself in The Slammer.

Bus-Ted: Police responded to an intimidation call in north Charlotte last week after four men with red bandanas pulled an SUV in front of a moving school bus, forcing it to a stop. The men jumped out and started yelling at the driver to get off the bus, which came from James Martin Middle School. One suspect beat on the hood of the bus while another tried to force his way into the vehicle. The bus maneuvered around the SUV and left without anyone being harmed. Police were soon searching for a student nicknamed "Bam Bam" who had been involved in an altercation with the 23-year-old bus driver. The next day, a 15-year-old boy was arrested.

Lights Out: A man was arrested on North Tryon Street last week after a small traffic mistake turned into a very big bust. Police noticed the man had not turned his lights on while driving, although it was past midnight. After the man acted nervous during the traffic stop, police searched his car. They found 21 bags of marijuana, each containing a gram; two bags of white powder; a .40 caliber pistol; 35 rounds of ammunition; two grip-extender magazines for the pistol (fully loaded); a 9 mm pistol; and a magazine for the 9 mm.

Threats of the Week: A 45-year-old woman called police after her son's girlfriend threatened her. The suspect called her and stated, "Bitch, let my baby daddy out of that house or I'm coming down there to fuck you up." A 35-year-old man filed a report after receiving a voice mail stating, "Guess what, I'm going to bust you in your head and it ain't going to be nice 'cause you testing my gangster."

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

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