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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (April 4-10) 

Found in the "bushes": a 50" flat-screen

The Transporters: Police approached two suspicious men on Archdale Drive last week after they attempted to bring a large television onto a light rail car. The men argued over where they found the television after police asked a few questions. They finally agreed that they had both come upon the 50" flat-screen in a nearby bush. The cops weren't buying it and, although they couldn't charge the men with any crime, took the television to the police department.

Heir Head: A man called 911 last week after he thought that some guns his deceased father had left him may not have been legit. He was right, as officers responded and found that both of his pistols were listed as stolen. They also took both of his shotguns, since the barrels were cut down to an illegal size. The man wasn't arrested. CMPD's property-control room sure did hit it big this week, huh?

A Dab Will Do Ya: A man was arrested last week after one of the strangest shoplifting charges in Blotter history led to a large weapons bust. A man was caught at a local Food Lion trying to walk out with his pockets full of AAA batteries and small bottles of vanilla extract. When officers searched the man's vehicle, they found a gun, an ammunition magazine, the accompanying ammunition, and a collection of knives.

Anatomy Lesson: A 5-year-old student at Sedgefield Elementary School went to his teacher last week after one of his classmates got a little too curious in the bathroom. The child said he was relieving himself after lunch when another boy his same age came into the restroom and grabbed his penis and buttocks before walking out.

Grand Theft: A 58-year-old woman resorted to calling police last week after the employees at a Dollar General store proved unhelpful in returning her lost jewelry. The woman realized at home that she lost a $600 gold bracelet while shopping in the store, so she called to ask for it. A customer had found it and turned it into management, but that ended up being the wrong move. When the woman arrived at the store, the bracelet was missing. Security footage showed the employee "moving" the bracelet, though when asked, the employee "forgot" why or where he had moved it.

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

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