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Shopping For Less:
At one value store, customers were definitely getting more for their buck -- they were getting groceries for no money at all. No, not another marketing ploy, just some old-fashioned embezzlement by some of the store's employees. During some of the slower hours during the 24-hour day, these employees must have grown tired of ringing up every purchase and decided to just let people take the stuff, free of charge. Four customers were able to pass through the checkout without wallet in hand before the store manager caught on. Over $1,500 worth of groceries was given away.

No Sign:
In an attempt to get a little extra business, a local store set out over $900 worth of a variety of signs as an advertising ploy. It would have gone off without a hitch but someone decided to steal all of the signs during the night. Back to the advertising drawing board.

Dogged:
While outside with her daughter, one Charlotte woman's dog mysteriously disappeared. Later that day, the woman received a call from someone claiming to have her dog and going on to say that the dog in fact rightfully belonged to the caller. According to their story, the dog had run away from the caller over a year ago. The caller also claimed that if the woman would come over, they could produce papers proving their ownership of the dog. Turns out that the papers didn't prove anything except that at some point in time, this dog snatcher had purchased a Pomeranian/Welch Corgi breed (which wasn't even the same breed as the dog they snatched).

Would You Like To Make That A Meal?:
A local sub sandwich chain was robbed last week. The thieves began by taking the security system VCR valued at $250, and then stole over $450 worth of tools. The job must have produced quite a healthy appetite, as the thieves headed for the food next. In all, they managed to take all of the frozen roast beef, chicken and seafood on the premises in addition to pickles, various breads, cookie dough and potato chips. When police arrived and the damage was assessed, the value of the stolen food amounted to over $800 ... adding up to quite a few combo meals.

Egged On:
A quiet night spent at home was suddenly interrupted when someone initiated an attack against an innocent woman's front lawn and house. The damage was caused by someone using their vehicle to "trench" the front yard, and insult was added to injury when the same culprits began to throw eggs at the front of her house. The woman was unable to provide any info on the possible identity of the vandals and was thankfully able to wipe most of the egg off.

Grab and Go:
A local grocery store recently fell victim to a quick-handed thief. Apparently, the thief approached the checkout lines in order to purchase some juice. When the unsuspecting cashier was paid for the juice and opened the cash register, the nimble thief quickly reached in, grabbed some cash and made tracks. He got away with only $25 ... oh, and his juice.

Take 250 Of These And Call Me In The Morning:
Another grocery store fell prey to a thief, although this guy wasn't lucky enough to get away. A possible clue as to why this thief wasn't able to successfully dodge the law might lie in the items he was attempting to steal. It seems that our thief was feeling a little under the weather, for in addition to a few shaving items, he attempted to steal a massive amount of cold and flu remedies. Over $180 worth of allergy/sinus, multi-symptom, cold/sinus, vapor rub and other medicine was found on his person.

Just A Roll Of The Dice:
While browsing in a supercenter, one young wannabe thief thought he'd try his luck and looked for something he could easily steal and conceal. Finding a tempting pair of neon dice (valued at just $6), the small time crook couldn't resist and stuffed the dice in his jacket sleeve. Luck was not on his side, however, and police were called to apprehend the shoplifter the minute he stepped outside. The dice were found and removed and after the boy was issued a citation for misdemeanor larceny, his father was called to take him home.

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

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