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* An elementary school reported a burglary after someone entered the school through an unlocked door and stole several classroom supplies, including televisions and VCRs, as well as "7 boxes of miscellaneous ice cream items."

* Having arrived home, a man parked his car, locked the car doors, and left the car keys on the curb while he "walked a short distance away for a few minutes." The man was surprised to find his car missing when he returned to retrieve his keys.

* Tip In Reverse: A waitress at a local eatery reported stolen sugar and napkin dispensers. She described the offenders to local police officers as two young men who had paid their $50 dinner bill.

* A daughter and her stepmother turned a typical mother-daughter quarrel into bloody hand-to-hand combat. The daughter expressed her frustrations with stepmom by slapping the older woman twice on both cheeks and then punching her in the nose.

* Hoping to shoplift unnoticed, two people entered a clothing store. One picked up various pieces of clothing and stuffed them into his jacket pockets, while the other tried to hide several multi-colored "scrunchis" in her left sock. A store clerk noticed the couple's odd movements, however, and detained them for the police.

* I Hear You Knocking: A woman had two houseguests turn against her. She argued with them, and the two guests left her home angry. They returned later and kicked at the woman's door until the hinges broke. After causing significant damage, they left again, only to return a few hours later to finish the job: their kicks finally knocked the front door down. The host is furious. She has complained to police that not only has she had to pay for a new door, she has been reduced to entering and exiting her home through her sliding glass door until her front door is ready.

* A few days after firing a temp at work for having a "bad attitude," a woman received a call from her bank advising her to check her wallet for her ATM card. The woman discovered the bankcard was missing and promptly contacted the police. In their investigation, the police uncovered evidence that implicates the fired temp. Several employees told police they saw the former temp enter the victim's office. When they questioned her intent at the time, the suspect excused her behavior by saying she needed "supplies" and was looking for the woman to direct her. The woman is still deciding whether to press charges against her former employee.

* Various pizza restaurants in the area have reported receiving fraudulent checks from the same man. Police report that the alleged check writer has been stealing checks from his roommate and forging his roommate's signature for over a year. When notified, the checking account client explained to the police that he was aware of his roommate's behavior and has paid all outstanding balances accredited by his roommate.

* Be Prepared: A pharmacist has been caught embezzling over-the-counter cold and sinus medicines from his place of business.

* Rather than hand over money or valuables to armed robbers, a Charlotte resident fought back. He "slapped" at the gun held by one of the robbers and took advantage of their bewilderment to run away. The armed robber fired five shots at the man, but he made it safely to a friend's home nearby. Only there did he see that the shots had in fact wounded him. A bullet had entered his left index finger, and another "grazed" his upper left arm. Still, he told the police proudly, "the suspects didn't get any items of value from [me]."

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