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Mail-icious Act: Last week, a Charlotte woman arrived home to discover that her mail had been dumped out of her mailbox and onto the street. Upon further inspection, the woman also found a single piece of her mishandled mail torn into little pieces and strewn about. The tampering didn't end there -- the vandals also managed to uproot a neighbor's mailbox and shove it into the woman's mailbox.

These Shoes Were Made For Walking: A thief in need of footwear was apprehended last week after his shoplifting attempt failed miserably. The man walked into a department store without any shoes on and, believing that his shoeless feet did not draw any attention, made a beeline for the shoe department. The man was then careful to take his time in selecting an appropriate pair of shoes, finally settling on a $50 pair of sandals. Placing the sandals on his feet, the man left the shoe department and headed toward the exit. After passing all points of sale, the man exited the store without any attempt to pay. The man was soon arrested outside of the store and the shoes were removed and returned to their rightful store owners.

Convert Or Else: Although Jehovah's Witnesses are renowned for going door to door to spread their theology, one "member" decided to try the scare tactic instead. Upon calling a woman to "witness," the man began the conversation by telling the woman that if she didn't take the time to listen to him, he would "rape and kill her." He might want to rethink his approach.

That's Just Wrong: A favor for a trusting disabled woman soon became an opportunity for a dishonest man. The woman sent the man to her bank to cash a $100 money order for her, as she was unable to go herself. Money order in hand, the man left and never returned or contacted the deceived woman.

Fast Food, Not Free Food: A restaurant was taken for a spin when a customer decided to wear out his welcome. The man sat in the restaurant for over two hours ordering nothing but a couple of beers. After getting up to play a video game in the bar, the man decided he wanted some grub and ordered some food to go. Perhaps misunderstanding that the food to go was not complimentary, the man grabbed the food and ran out of the restaurant, obviously in too big of a hurry to pay his bill of about $50.

Who Threw That?: While on its route, a CATS bus was suddenly pelted by an airborne object. Although the culprit is still unknown, the Unidentified Flying Object was discovered to be a rock that cracked one of the rear windows of the bus.

Something Doesn't Add Up: An odd shoplifting case has some interesting aspects that just don't seem to fit. It seems that a man took some miscellaneous batteries and a battery charger from a local superstore. The man then attempted to return the stolen items "he had just taken off the shelf" but the savvy clerk was on to his game and confronted the man. The man then grabbed the stolen items he was attempting to return and ran out of the store. The clerk told police that the man is "a homeless person and has come into the store before." The alleged "homeless person" (who I'm sure will get a lot of use from his stolen batteries and charger) reportedly "disappeared behind the store" and could not be located by police.

Flew The Coop: If you see a suspicious flock of about 26 pigeons, they might be stolen goods. Apparently, someone broke into a man's backyard and, after cutting through the wire securing a shed in the yard, proceeded to steal 26 pigeons (valued at about $20 apiece) out of the shed.

She Got the Point: An elementary school teacher was assaulted by one of her pupils last week. One of the students was disrupting the class by sitting on the floor. When asked to return to his seat, the student refused and suddenly grabbed his pencil and used it to stab his teacher in the leg and thigh. Although no major injuries resulted, the teacher decided to press charges on the pint-sized pencil-wielder and is willing to go to court over the matter.

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

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