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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (June 28 edition) 

A pot-bashing, a greasy mess, more

Blow Me: A 56-year-old man filed a police report after his property was stolen from his east Charlotte yard last week. He told police the suspect picked a leaf blower up off of his lawn and ran off with it while he was doing something in the garage. The victim walked around the neighborhood and found the leaf blower sitting in one of his neighbors' yards. The yard looked like it had been recently cleared of leaves, but no one answered when he knocked on the door.

He Said, She Said: Police responded to an intimidation call in Steele Creek last week after a woman was threatened by a man as she walked her dog. The woman told officers she was trying to cross the road with her dog when a car approached and slowed down. The man leaned out the window and told her that he was going to spray her with pepper spray because she was walking in the road "on purpose."

Boiling Hot: Police responded to a domestic disturbance in east Charlotte to find a man with a severe cut across the back of his head. The victim told officers that the woman he lives with had struck him across the back of his skull with a large pot during an argument. The woman proved to be just as rowdy as he claimed. During the arrest, the woman pulled away from and grabbed at the officers several times and was even able to remove her cuffs.

Greasy mess: An argument between neighbors in an east Charlotte apartment complex turned deadly serious last week after an angry woman took matters into her hands. There were a group of women and children standing below the suspect's balcony, including one woman trying to break up the fight. The suspect went into her apartment and grabbed a pan filled with hot grease and poured it onto the bystanders below. Among those injured were children ages 1, 3, 6, 8 and 10. Also injured were three women, aged 25, 27 and 42. All eight victims were hospitalized with serious injuries.

Road rage: A 22-year-old woman called the real police after being shaken up by an experience with the fake ones. She told officers she was driving on University City Boulevard when she was pulled over by someone with blue lights flashing in their windshield. The man was dressed like an officer, but did not issue a citation. Instead he yelled at her for running a stop light before getting back in his car and driving away.

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

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