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Communicative Crooks: A woman came home and discovered a guy sitting in a car parked in her driveway, talking on a two-way radio. As the woman approached the stranger, three other men came running out from behind her house and hopped in the car. The car peeled out of the driveway and picked up a fifth man waiting in a nearby parking lot. Police discovered the bad guys had kicked in the house's back door and, apparently interrupted mid-heist, had time to steal only the woman's digital camera.

Barbie Bandit: An associate manager at a Charlotte department store spotted a woman removing three Barbie dolls from their display boxes and stuffing them under her shirt. As she was leaving the store, employees stopped her until the police arrived. The responding officer issued a citation and released the kleptomaniac to the custody of her husband.

Frankly Stupid: A woman asked a man she had never seen before to take her to the store so she could buy a hotdog. The man obliged. Later, as he was dropping her off at her house, the woman allowed the stranger to come inside to use the bathroom. Once inside, the man grabbed the woman's purse, snatched a chain from her neck, and fled.

Bah Humbug: A woman pulled into her driveway and was shocked to see that the wreath she had recently hung on her front door was on fire. The blaze soon engulfed the front door in flames, causing an estimated $300 in damages. Thankfully the fire burned itself out before any more damage was done.

Nanny WRANGLE: A man threatened a 32-year-old woman after she refused to pay his wife for her work as a nanny. The woman claimed the irate husband stated, "I've seen your house, you're well established, and it's people like you that don't deserve what you have." The woman said the nanny showed up only one time and never reported for work again.

Halfway Louse: As a man was leaving his apartment, he discovered a burglar hanging half out of the man's passenger-side window, which had been busted out. The two men got into a brief scuffle, during which the burglar knocked the car owner over the head with a blunt object. Cops caught up with the burglar, still carrying the stereo he had ripped from the car.

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

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