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* Respect Your Elders: An elderly woman reported to police that $12,000 cash was gone after she gave it to her "life insurance salesman" to invest over a year and a half ago. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that not only had the phony salesman made off with the $12,000, he had somehow convinced the confused woman to name him as her life insurance beneficiary in the event of her death.

* He Said, She Said: After a woman drove to an acquaintance's house, a full-blown catfight soon ensued between her and another woman. The second woman "jumped into (the) vehicle to fight with her." The boyfriend of the second woman then reportedly ran up to the car and smashed in two of the windows with the butt of a handgun. The boyfriend's story is a little different, however. He claims that when he saw his girlfriend being "dragged by her hair" into the car he ran up to the vehicle and proceeded to knock out the windows, not with a handgun, but with the handle of a broom in an attempt to stop the car. The boyfriend was charged with damage/vandalism of property. Incidentally, "a report was also made for assault listing the victim of this case as the suspect."

* A report was made when a Charlottean claimed her cell phone was stolen after her visitor took off with it. The woman said the incident occurred outside her residence when "the suspect hit the victim with the cellphone in the face area and left the victim's address with the victim's cellphone." Yeah, that'd make us mad, too.

* Laundry Service: A woman reported to police that she had received several threats and was concerned about her safety. The woman assumes the threats are a result of a missed payment on her rented washer and dryer after the caller informed her, "I'm going to pick up my washer and dryer and then I will break something of yours; you will pay one way or another." There was no mention of possible threats made to other appliances.

* A woman was swindled out of $800 when she gave it to an unknown person who promised to turn her $800 into $1300 in five days. When the five days were up, the woman received a check for exactly $1300 just as she was promised. Enthused about her good fortune, the woman went to the bank to cash the check. The bank then informed her that although the check was real, the account number was not, and so she was S.O.L.

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