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NO FREE RIDES!: Late one evening, a police officer responded to a call from a cab driver concerning a customer refusing to pay his fare. Apparently, the blue uniform and shiny badge meant nothing to the man because he still refused to pay the cab driver when the officer arrived. He was arrested, restitution was never made, and technically the meter is still running.

BLOOD SUCKER: A husband and wife recently had a verbal spat that turned violent. At one point in the altercation, he pinned her to the ground and bit both sides of her neck.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "I'm going to fuck you up. I hope you like your house when it's in cinders. I hope you like your car because it's going to get messed up so you can't start it and no one will be able to prove that I did it."

STOLEN THUNDER: Apparently, the phrase "You're the light of my life" meant nothing to one man after he recently discovered that his neighbor was running something electrical in her apartment and the power cord was connected to his outlet.

GOOD CUSTOMER: One crack dealer thought he had it made when he found a rich addict who bought from him on three separate occasions. The man in need of help, however, was actually an undercover police officer. The drug dealer will now be selling whatever he can to survive while behind bars.

JUST A TEST?: A young child played with fire and got burned recently -- not burned in the physical sense, but he did get in big trouble. He decided to use a lighter to set things in his room on fire. The item he burned that gave him away? The smoke detector.

YOU'VE CHANGED: A man at a local department store apparently wasn't feeling too well because he kept going into the store's restroom. Employees noticed, however, that he looked different each time he came out. He went in wearing a black T-shirt and came out dressed in a blue button-up. He also went in with loafers and came out with boots. The man then proceeded to walk out of the store. He was detained in the parking lot.

YOU ARE GETTING SLEEPY: In an attempt to prove a point and win a fight with his friend, a man crushed up sleeping pills and placed them in his friend's drink. His friend drank the potion but wasn't dreaming when he had the bartending thug arrested.

SOFTWARE WARS: Competing computer commercials are one thing, but this is ridiculous: One woman entered her office one morning to find that her keyboard had been replaced with a different company's model.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, STEAL!: A woman called police to report that her director's chair had been stolen off her front porch while she was at work.

CAN'T GET NO SATISFACTION: One man must have had someone waiting back at home for him, because he rushed into a convenience store and rushed out with a pack of condoms he didn't pay for. He was detained in the parking lot.

NOT VERY ORIGINAL: The Blotter has reported on shoplifters putting basketball shoes, meat, saws and a whole lot more down their pants. Continuing the trend, a man recently placed a bottle of wine down his pants and attempted to leave the store without paying.

I LOVE THIS GAME: Former Charlotte Hornet player Baron Davis currently leads the NBA in steals. A fan of his decided to imitate him recently but instead of the ball, the man stole another person's mobile basketball goal. It was later spotted in the driveway of the clever thief.

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

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