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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (Nov. 15 edition) 

A phone scam, bad parents, more

Cross Buzz: Police responded to a domestic violence call in the University area last week to find a woman who had been beaten. The 21-year-old told officers that as her boyfriend pushed her to the floor of a bedroom, she hit her head on the corner of the bed. The man then punched the woman in the side of the stomach. Before arresting the man, the police took a look around the house and found what could be to blame for his psychosis. In his bedroom was a bong made out of a large tequila bottle with the liquor inside being used as bong water. Retch!

Cold Caller: A 52-year-old woman filed a police report after a man determined to scam her out of money over the phone made some big mistakes. When he first called, he told the woman that he worked with the IRS and that she owed a lot of money. Before he could finish, the woman told him she knew she didn't owe the government money. The man then made a derogatory slur at the Middle Eastern woman and hung up. The suspect called back two more times, claiming to be a lawyer and then a police detective investigating his own first scam attempt. The first of many problems was that he called from the same number each time.

Parents Do the Darnedest Things: Police were called to a hotel on Independence Boulevard last week after maids entered a man's room while he wasn't in and found a surprise: In his room were multiple pill bottles filled with weed, a coffee cup with blunts rolled, empty baggies of marijuana and a pipe for smoking it all. Even more alarming was the 3-year-old child hanging out in the room, waiting for daddy to come back.

Gun Control: A 48-year-old woman called police last week after she lost a $300 semi-automatic .380 handgun. She was quick to inform officers that no crime had been committed, but that she simply threw the gun away accidentally at some point during the previous day and didn't realize it until later. By the time she realized what had happened, trash men had collected the goods.

Tased and Confused: A man didn't do himself any favors when police showed up at his west Charlotte home last week to serve him with commitment papers. The man proved the papers were probably well-deserved when he grabbed the nearest steak knife and held it to his own neck. The man continued to act irate and belligerent until police used a stun gun on him and took him to the hospital.

Grab and Go: A man proved that any property is up for grabs at a local Holiday Inn last week, after he ran into the lobby and went behind the counter to steal something. Despite the potential bounty, the man settled for nine room key cards that are useless unless programmed. Unfortunately, he got away with the merchandise.

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

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