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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (July 19 edition) 

Storage wars, a shady bus-pass deal, more

Cashing in: Police responded to a vandalism call in west Charlotte last week after someone took the name of a business too literally. Employees at Strike It Rich told police someone threw a rock through the front window, presumably to run off with all the register's booty.

Bus-ted: A 23-year-old man called cops after a shady deal at an apartment complex went bad. No, it didn't involve drugs or prostitution. He got shafted on a bus-pass deal. The victim gave the suspect $40 for what he thought would be 365 bus passes. Instead, the suspect gave him an envelope with only one pass and sped off before the victim could ask about the money-back guarantee.

His super ex-girlfriend: A 39-year-old man called police last week after a random run-in with an ex-girlfriend turned his day into a living hell. He told police he saw his ex driving. She then started to follow him. When they both stopped, the woman got out of the car and began punching and kicking him. Later on, she broke into his condo and stole $600 worth of property, but not before spray-painting the walls and damaging the inside door panel of his car.

Writing's on the wall: Employees at a local World Gym filed a report after someone vandalized the white walls in the shower. And what was this vandalism? It was a message: "Showers get in, bring back the old showers, new showers? Big deal" with a Sharpie. Employees will have lots of time to think about the message, as they were unable to wash it off.

Storage Wars: Police responded to a breaking and entering call in the University area last week expecting to find the usual thievery. Instead, they found a 29-year-old man whose room had been broken into by his roommates. He said his three roomies picked the lock to his bedroom; instead of taking any of his belongings, they used his room as storage for their own stuff. Perhaps a message: He might want to find a new place to live.

Threats of the Week: A 35 year old filed a report after a man called her and romantically threatened to kidnap her. The man said, "I am in love with you. I dream of you. Wherever I see you, I am going to grab you and take you away." A 26-year-old woman filed a report in an unrelated case after a momma's boy threatened her, saying, "If you show up for court tomorrow, my mom will kill you as soon as you get back."

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

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