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The Blotter: Premature Confessions 

Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files


Clues One southeast Charlotte vandal basically confessed to a crime last week when they hinted at it before anyone even knew. A 33-year old woman received a call at work from a known suspect telling her to check her vehicle, which was parked outside. When she went to the parking lot, she saw that the tire was slashed. A short time later, the victim discovered that the suspect had returned to smash the windshield. If having a flat tire and destroyed windshield wasn't bad enough, the police report also cited graffiti as an offence. Maybe the suspect came back to write "I'm sorry."

Jewel Heist A south Charlotte couple returned home last week to find that they had fallen victim to a costly B&E. The suspect made off with over $15,300 in stolen goods, which included three nice watches and a Rolex that the male victim had to admit was fake to police. His wife had better taste, however, as her loss accounted for $15,000 of the total take. Just to pour salt on the wound, the suspect stole $300 worth of cufflinks and broke two flower pots, doing $150 in damage.

Ride Sharing Police recently responded to a stolen vehicle call on N. Graham Street after an Uber driver left their 2011 Prius running while he went into a nearby business to look for something. When the driver returned, the vehicle had vanished. The suspect took a free ride then dropped the car off around the block later that day, although it's unclear if they picked up any new paying passengers along the way.

New Supplies Employees at an Office Depot on South Boulevard called police last week after someone came and stole from them instead of just applying for the job they so desperately need. According to the report, the suspect shoplifted a basket, ink cartridges and resume paper, all valued at $486. And now when they receive a resume printed on that same paper they can turn that job interview into an interrogation.

Crashing the Party Isn't it the worst when someone drops in on you at home unannounced? A 43-year-old woman fell victim to the worst type of pop-in last week when someone she had never met crashed their car into her bedroom wall. The suspect wasn't there to hang out, though, and took off without leaving any contact information behind. The wreck took place at 2 p.m., so nobody was hurt, except for the victim's wallet when she was hit with a $4,000 damage estimate for the giant hole in her house.

Self Medicating An American Airlines passenger was arrested for intoxication and disruptive conduct outside of Stock Car Cafe inside Charlotte Douglas International Airport just days before Thanksgiving. The combination of flying, airport food and Thanksgiving in a few days makes it safe to say the passenger was just trying to take the edge off before a dysfunctional family gathering — but perhaps he went too far.

Blending In A 38-year old man won't be going hunting anymore this fall after an unknown suspect broke in through the back window of the victim's Ford Super Duty in the SouthPark area recently and stole four firearms ranging from $250 to $5,000 each, along with a "tree suit" for hunting. If he's escape into a wooded area with the guns, that damn tree suit is just going to make him that much harder to find.

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