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* A Charlotte man called police to report that his home had been broken into and a valuable possession stolen. The item, he reported, is a "lacquered box" with a depiction of the USS Constitution painted on it. The box itself holds a small "decorated" oyster shell. The treasure was "hand-designed in Russia using an obscure technique with a squirrel hairbrush." The artwork is very "unique and distinctive" to the man, and he feels its loss deeply.

* A businessman noticed that a pay phone, once located just outside his store, had been stolen during the night. Apparently the thief cut not only the wire that attached the public phone to the telephone pole, but also the pedestal where the phone lay, in order to steal it. Motives behind the theft are difficult to figure out, especially since the now-damaged phone can no longer be used.

* Criminal Confessions?: Police report that a car owner called in to report that he had lost his license plate. The man made no inference that his plate had been stolen, nor did he ask police to do anything about the missing item. He simply called to say that sometime between 6pm and 10pm one evening, his license plate fell off his car. The man believes the plate fell off because he "forgot to replace several screws securing it to the vehicle."

* At work one afternoon, a man's co-worker struck him on the chest as he was passing her in the hallway. When the man questioned his assailant as to the meaning of her outburst, the woman turned red and pushed him again in the chest. She walked away without explanation.

* Relaxed Robbery: A convenience store owner reported a theft of two 18-packs of Budweiser from his store. The owner said that as the thief picked up the beer from the shelf and turned to head for the door, the employee on duty yelled at him to stop and pay for the merchandise. The man ignored him and calmly walked out.

* In a similarly related case, a group of young men stole 28 cartons of cigarettes from a delivery truck. The truck driver told police he suspects the young men must have watched him until he was out of sight, before they sneaked into the unlocked back door of the vehicle and stole the cartons. The truck driver said he could not positively identify any of the hoodlums.

* A local church reports that someone broke into the church's pre-school area. The person(s) pried open several cabinets and pantries, apparently "attempting to locate something to steal." The cabinets they managed to open, however, were filled with toys and "other pre-school items." Church representatives reported no items missing.

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