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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (Aug. 8) 

Deers attack!

Sight for sore eyes: Employees of a Charlotte ophthalmology clinic went to work last week and found that their office building had been trashed. An unknown suspect (or suspects) had vandalized the upper floor of the building and the adjoining steps with vomit and feces. No word on whether the material was transported to the office or produced on site.

Bad tippers: Delivery people are robbed frequently in Charlotte, but one delivery guy was greeted with a slightly more painful surprise last week. The 29-year-old man, who works for the entire John's family (Papa and Jimmy), was on the stoop of a University-area home to deliver food when someone answered the door and shocked him with a Taser-like electronic device. Apparently, the suspect was just testing his weapon.

That does suck: An employee at a local portrait studio arrived at work to find that someone wasn't a fan of the photos in the display case. On the rear door of the business someone had spray-painted, "Wow this sucks."

Down in the dumps: A 54-year-old woman filed a police report after ongoing problems with her neighbors came to a head last week. The woman said she had repeatedly told neighbors to stop coming on to her property to use the dumpster in her backyard. When she returned home from work last week, she found that someone had allegedly moved the entire dumpster from the backyard to her front porch, blocking her way to the door.

Dog days: A 45-year-old man fell victim to an odd case of breaking and entering last week when he came home to a strange dog hanging out in his home. The man told officers that he was sure he had left his dog on the back porch and locked all the doors before leaving for work. When he returned home, not only was his dog inside of his house but his neighbor's dog was there too. All of his doors were still locked and nothing was stolen, although the victim said some things were out of place.

Deer-y me: A startled woman called police last week after an unknown man exhibited behavior a deer might recognize. She told officers she was driving down a street when a man began running toward her car. As they neared each other, the man tried to jump over the vehicle but couldn't quite make it. He smashed into the windshield instead, shattering it. Before she could react, the man ran into the woods, never to be found. In a similar but unrelated situation, a woman was sitting in her living room when she saw a deer approaching her home. The deer must not have seen the glass door that was closed because it walked right through it, shattering it.

Asleep at the wheel: A man filed a police report after waking up at a gas station. But that was the least of his problems. He told officers that he and a woman he'd met the night before went to the Marathon station, where he somehow fell asleep. When he awoke the next morning, he found that the woman had left with his car, which also held his iPad and cell phone.

Hidden danger: Police responded to an armed robbery call on Freedom Drive and found a man who told them he was just robbed of $200 in front of his bank. He told the officers that the man who robbed him had a weapon, which the victim couldn't identify. After talking to the victim a little longer, police found that he had just spent the $200 in different transactions throughout the day and was experiencing a severe case of buyer's remorse.

Threat of the Week: An 86-year-old woman and her granddaughter called police after a neighbor became irate at the pair's cat. The neighbor had previously complained to the two about the cat spraying his door. After it happened again the women went to PetSmart to buy some preventative measures. When they returned home they found the man had been waiting for them outside. When they got out of the car he told the granddaughter, "I don't care that you have an officer in your family. If you know what's best for your grandma and her cat, you will take care of it, because I have poisoned my entire yard."

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

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