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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: A woman reported that a former flames threw a beer bottle through the front window of her home. Inside the beer bottle she found a letter to her.

RUDE HOUSEGUEST: A 32-year-old woman reported that she let one of her friends stay with her for a few weeks. Everything was cool, until her houseguest got angry, damaged her furniture and stole $200 from her.

BLAME IT ON THE HENNY NOT THE VIC: A man said he was hit while standing in the parking lot of a bar on Statesville Avenue. He said a Ford Crown Victoria came out of nowhere and struck him. Witnesses said the man who reported being hit was drunk and wandering around the lot.

SHADY EMPLOYEE: The owner of ATM Transport said she gave one of her employees $2,000 for business purposes and asked him to drive the company car to Maryland to deliver a transmission to a customer. Instead of doing that, the owner said he drove to Salisbury where he spent the money she gave him.

INTERNET THUGS: A 21-year-old man said he used his credit card to purchase a Nintendo Wii online. He waited a couple of weeks and contacted the sellers. He said the sellers e-mailed him in reply that they didn't plan to send it to him and they weren't going to return his money either.

BRAWLING MAMAS: Two women got into a fight after a camera went missing. One woman claimed that the other woman -- angry that her child's camera was missing -- attacked her, jumping on her back and pushing her up against a brick wall.

The other woman claimed the first woman started it by coming over to her house and grabbing her face. The first woman was treated at a hospital; the second had no injuries.

Blotter items are picked from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

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