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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police reports

TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT: Ah, this man's lived out the lyrics of several country songs: After being told he was fired from a restaurant, he punched his supervisor in the face and ripped his shirt.

NICKEL IN A CREEK: A guy complained to the police that someone he knew dragged his clothing and wallet through a creek, then tossed the stuff in a Dumpster for good measure.

RENT CONTROL: Some renter won't be getting back a deposit. A rental company reported that someone damaged a house to the tune of $18,000 in losses. The person left the kitchen sink drain plugged, with the faucet running. He or she also left burns in the carpets, holes punched in the walls and doors, and some doors were ripped from their frames.

SANTA CAME EARLY: A woman told police that someone entered three apartments unauthorized. All that was missing was two cans of beer and a box of cookies.

SMOOTH OPERATOR: A woman let the father of her child stay with her because he said he had nowhere to go. When she told him to leave a few days later, he took his stuff and left. But then, while she was out, he forced open the back door and brought his belongings back in and put them in a closet.

PAWNED OFF: If you're going to steal openly, it's probably best to go to places where the employees don't know you. A guy asked to look at a PlayStation Portable at a pawnshop, then ran out with the video game system without paying for it. The person who reported it to the police said he knew the guy as a regular customer.

THREAT OF THE WEEK: Someone called a medical office with this message: "I am going to shoot up [the office] and whoever was mean." Apparently, the person was upset about a friend who'd been mistreated there.

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

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