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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files

Dump Truck Disasters: The elevated bed of a dump truck traveling on Wilkinson Boulevard snagged a telephone line stretching across the road and snapped the telephone pole in half. The owner of the dump truck agreed to pay for damages. In a separate incident, when a woman attempted to drive around a stopped dump truck, the truck made a sudden left turn, broadsiding her vehicle and causing about $2,500 in damages. In this case the driver of the truck kept going.

With Family Like This...: An elderly woman reported that someone "within her family" stole her purse, which contained her wedding rings, $175 cash and various credit cards. The suspected thief eventually returned the stolen purse, but the cash and jewelry were missing. The woman eventually found her $4,000 rings -- at a pawnshop.

With Samaritans Like This. . .: A 61-year-old man reported he was walking on North College Street with two women when he "soiled himself." The two kindly women offered to help the incontinent gent remove his pants. While they were disrobing him, though, the two ladies also helped themselves to $52 in his pocket.

With Acquaintances Like This. . .: While walking on Farmhurst Drive, a guy was accosted by two men, one armed with a rifle. The victim apparently knew his attackers and owed them money. While one of the thugs pointed the rifle at the hapless dude, the other one beat him up.

Must Be The Heat: An argument turned violent when one man attacked another with a shovel in front of an apartment complex. The 45-year-old victim was hospitalized with severe bruises and multiple broken bones.

Jonesin' for a Butt: Someone stole four cases of cigarettes valued at $600 from a retail warehouse recently. Warehouse workers believe the nicotine freak may have hidden out in the warehouse and removed the smokes after the store closed.

Dinner Theater: Patrons at a Freedom Drive restaurant got a free show with dinner recently when a fight broke out between a couple. The aggressor in the spat was apparently the woman, who first threw a cup of soda in her 45-year-old boyfriend's face, then slapped him.

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

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