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Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files (August 11) 

When pregaming goes wrong

Drunks on a Plane While it's normal for those with a fear of flying to take the edge off with pre- or in-flight drinks, sometimes causing disturbances, one woman went too far last week. Officers responded to gate C-2 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport after the woman was reportedly cursing out the crew and fellow passengers. After police arrived, she continued to cause "a huge scene in the airport and on the plane." She was charged with intoxicated and disruptive behavior and resisting a public officer.

Religious Motives One 57-year-old woman attended church in Dilworth with good intentions last week, but the Lord had other plans for her. While she gave praise at The Cathedral of St. Patrick, someone went into her nearby purse and stole her wallet out of it. If the thief thought they could forget about the sin they had committed, they were reminded when they found that they had stolen the woman's Christian Financial Credit Union credit card.

Hulk Mode Last week, a rental properties company reported that at some time over the month of July, someone had damaged one of their properties in north Charlotte. Police officers reported that there were holes kicked in the walls of three separate bedrooms and that the suspect also used seemingly super-human strength to rip up the kitchen flooring. The suspect then continued their Hulk-like behavior by removing the front door from the hinges and tearing the doorframe from the wall. Altogether, the reported damages totaled $1,500.

Find Your Beach (Again) We reported last week on a woman who crashed her car multiple times while trying to steal four cases of Corona from Sam's Mart on The Plaza. She's either out on bail or her friends are still at it, because the same thing happened again shortly after. Police reported that a Sam's Mart on LaSalle Street was robbed of four cases of Corona. An employee told police he waved the two suspects over to the cash register to pay for the cases they had picked out, but the pair decided to make a break for it instead and ran out of the store with the cases.

What A Deck A 38-year-old man in south Charlotte reported that he paid someone $3,200 to build a deck last year, and he's still deckless. The victim said the suspect cashed the check at the end of last August but never got around to actually doing the job. Eventually, the victim was able to get the suspect to agree to pay back the money by April if the deck wasn't built, but by then the suspect ghosted and hasn't been in touch.

College Budget Looks like someone did their back-to-school shopping out of someone's car. Last week, a 22-year-old woman in west Charlotte reported that her vehicle was broken into and had clothing and jewelry stolen. Among the items stolen were a Davidson College sweatshirt, a long-sleeve shirt, a Davidson tote bag and a North Carolina State University bag.

Music to Their Ears A new money-swindling sensation is sweeping Charlotte. In the last couple of weeks, we've reported that people have been tricked into sending money via iTunes gift cards to individuals falsely representing themselves as IRS tax collectors, jailers and relatives in trouble. This week, it was a fake law firm that tricked a 76-year-old woman in Myers Park by telling her they were representing a family member in court. She sent them $4,000 in iTunes gift cards in order to keep the unnamed family member out of jail. It wasn't until they contacted her again that she realized it was a scam.

Winning Ticket Some people will do anything to win the lottery — including steal traceable lottery tickets. A 7-Eleven location reported that over two days last week, 37 tickets were stolen from the store's inventory. According to the police report, only employees have access to the locked office where the tickets are stored, so it's likely that it was an inside job.

Fix It A 45-year-old repairman called police after one of his customers was not impressed with his work. The victim told officers that a man assaulted him while he was trying to do work in the suspect's northeast Charlotte home. He suffered no injuries.

Shove It A desperate shoplifter struck recently at a sex shop in University area after deciding he was not going to leave that store without a sex toy. Employees at The Red Door said the suspect attempted to walk out of the store with a toy and $10 worth of body oil that he had not paid for. When an employee confronted the suspect, he pulled out a knife and waved it at the employee and customers in the store. For good measure, he knocked a display over on the way out of the store.

Threat of the Week A 27-year-old woman in east Charlotte reported that she was threatened last week via phone by someone who wanted to keep things in the family. "Fuck you bitch, I'm about to come and violate your whole family." Sounds like a family reunion no one wants to be a part of.

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

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