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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte's police reports

Stop! In the Name of Love: During an argument between a young couple as they drove down a local road, the boyfriend got so mad he threw his cell phone at his girlfriend, hitting her in the stomach. She then grabbed the gearshift and slammed it into park. After the car ground to a halt, the man punched the woman in the back of the head and ripped her shirt as he forced her out of the car. Then he drove away.

Drag and Drop: A car pulled up at a local gas station and the driver asked a man standing outside for directions. Then suddenly, other men in the car attempted to rob the guy. During the struggle, the man got hung up on the car and was dragged for several feet before the car sped away. He was treated and released from the hospital.

Hello? Hot Phones for Sale: Using various client accounts from a local business, a sneaky shyster ordered 400 cell phones at a cost of $36,600. When the phones were delivered to the business, the crook somehow managed to snag them undetected. He then reportedly sold the phones on the streets.

Where's Bo and Luke?: Some renegade rascals crashed a car through the front window of a North Tryon Street retail store. They stole $30,000 worth of clothes, shoes and hats. Apparently the car was stolen because they left it behind. Damage to the store was estimated at $3,500.

I'm Gonna Cut You? (That's so 1975.): A trio of crooks strolled into a SouthPark department store, grabbed $1,200 worth of women's jackets, and made for the exit. When a security officer attempted to stop them, one of the shoplifters threatened, "Move or I'm gonna cut you." A fight broke out, one of the shoplifters assaulted the officer and all three got away. Temporarily. Cops captured the guys in their getaway car a few blocks down the road.

Decked in the Deck: Three hoodlums jumped a 23-year-old partier after a night out at a couple of downtown bars. As the partier approached his car in a parking deck, the three guys shoved him into the vehicle and began punching him in the face and stomach. A witness flagged down a cop, who arrested the trio.

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

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