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Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files (July 17)

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Ice Cold: Teens became movie stars last week after a video of them robbing an ice cream man went viral. The video, which has been viewed 3,700 times on YouTube, shows a girl trying to open the man's ice cream cart. He immediately closes it, and she responds by punching him. A male teen joins in, taking a couple swings at the victim. The man wasn't hurt but lost his wallet, $50 and some ice cream.

Store War: Employees of multiple grocery stores were involved in a bizarre assault inside of a local Bi-Lo last week. A 26-year-old man reported that a man "struck him in the abdomen with a hair pick" before running out of the store. Bi-Lo employees also reported that the suspect grabbed a bag of Sour Patch Kids before leaving and never paid for it. The original victim does not work at Bi-Lo, but rather at a nearby Compare Foods.

Ballsy: A 39-year-old woman became Charlotte's latest flashing victim while jogging last week. The woman told officers that she was jogging down the greenway near Mallard Creek Church Road at 9:30 a.m. when a man went running by her in the opposite direction. The only problem was that this man had no shorts or underwear on. The unknown suspect continued to run down the greenway as if nothing was amiss.

Overreach: Police responded to what could be called an armed robbery, or a robbery for arms, at a local Red Star Grocery last week. The cashier told officers that a man reached under the bulletproof "safety glass" installed in front of her cash register and grabbed a semi-automatic handgun concealed behind the register for guys just like him. He made off with the pistol, which was valued at $650.

Slush Me: A 40-year-old man found an interesting way to cool down on a hot summer day on The Plaza last week. The man told officers that he began arguing with another man inside of a Citgo station when the stranger suddenly threw a slushie at him. The suspect walked out of the store without paying for his refreshing drink.

Threat of the Week: A 20-year-old woman went straight to police last week after a man rudely offered her a drink. The pregnant woman told officers that a man told her, "I will make you drink moonshine and lose that baby."

Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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