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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (June 6) 

Someone gets a gassy surprise

SWEET GOOF: Some people are pretty ambitious when it comes to pranks. A 29-year-old woman was about to drive to work one morning last week before realizing someone had poured not only sugar but rice and candy into her gas tank.

COCK-A-DOODLE-WHO?: A 42-year-old man woke up (probably late) to find that someone had stolen the family pet overnight. The man's rooster, valued at $12, had been stolen from his yard while he slept. Police had no idea where to start looking but promised to keep their ears open during the following morning.

CHEWED OUT: A woman was left speechless last week after her boyfriend allegedly assaulted her and made off with her chompers. The man was arguing with his ex-girlfriend when he suddenly became irate and reportedly punched her in the face. He then allegedly reached into the woman's mouth and grabbed her false teeth, leaving the house with the teeth and a five-dollar bill the victim's friend had dropped in the chaos.

RIM JOB: An employee at a local Pawn Mart called police after realizing someone had played him for a fool last week. The employee was trying to sell a set of rims to a man and, apparently believing that nobody would have any use for just one rim, let the customer install one and take it for a test drive. The suspect must have liked it because he took off and never returned with the $600 piece of chrome.

YO QUIERO MY CAR: A 25-year-old man thought his car would be safe if he left it running outside of a gas station on Sunset Road last week, as long as his 14-week-old chihuahua "guard dog" was inside. The man was wrong, however, and somebody hopped into the Hyundai (valued at $25,000) and drove off — with the dog in tow.

PICKING WEEDS: A woman called police to inform them that her roommate was growing weed in their east Charlotte house. When officers arrived, they seized three plants from the roommate's room and arrested him. When police asked the reporting person how she knew her roommate was growing weed, she told them she became suspicious when the man told her "not to bother his marijuana plants."

SELF-SUFFICIENT: A man took matters into his own hands after a mystery suspect started vandalizing his property. The victim told officers that shortly after his son settled a court dispute with an old neighbor, branches started mysteriously disappearing from trees in his front yard overnight. The victim placed a deer cam in the yard and has video of a male entering his yard to pull limbs off of trees and cut them down. The victim then placed the camera at the neighborhood pool and could see the suspect arrive there and walk in the direction of the house on separate nights. He can't prove who the suspect is, however, and will continue to investigate.

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

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