Spill It Police had it out for a man they pulled over on a routine traffic stop in west Charlotte last week. They seized the man's gun and charged him with a weapons law violation despite having an active permit to carry concealed weapons because he failed to notify officers he had the gun in the car. To add insult to injury, they then charged him with possession of marijuana because he had "flakes of marijuana" on his shirt that equaled out to approximately .001 grams, according to the report.
Show Me the Money There wasn't much out of the norm in a police report regarding several cars being broken into in a parking lot near Uptown last week, until you read the description of what was stolen. It's hard to say whether the cop filling out the report was being a smartass or quite the opposite, but in the slot where he is supposed to list a description of the $70 stolen from one car (usually listed as, for example, two $20 bills and three $10 bills) the officer wrote "green with faces on them."
Hair of the Dog A female student at Coulwood Middle School must not have wanted the weekend to end, as she was found to be in possession of hard liquor on a recent Monday morning. According to the report, officers found the "spirituous liquor" in the girl's backpack during a search at 10:30 a.m. We can relate, little girl.
Unclean Getaway Two women got into a fight in a northeast Charlotte laundromat last week after one allegedly tried to steal the other's phone. A 25-year-old woman told police she left her phone on a nearby table while transferring her clothes to the dryer. Minutes later, she realized the phone was gone and saw another woman heading for the door with the phone in her hand. The owner of the phone snatched it out of the would-be thief's hand, which set her on a rampage. The suspect began yelling and soon threw a can of energy drink at the victim, hitting her in the face.
Central Perk It's unclear whether a woman was driven to paranoia by an overload of caffeine or whether a man was actually as creepy as he came off during an incident at a south Charlotte Caribou Coffee last week. According to the report, a woman called 911 to report that a man was in the shop taking pictures of young girls and touching himself while doing so. Police arrived and made contact with the suspect, but an investigation determined no criminal conduct had occurred.
Take These A 44-year-old man called police after realizing someone had entered his vehicle illegally while he was out running errands one recent afternoon. The man said he returned to his car in an Uptown parking lot to find that someone had left a box of power and hand tools sitting in the passenger seat that he had never seen before. Nothing was stolen from the car.
Threat of the Week A 22-year-old man filed a police report after a suspect took on the form of a hangover personified during an argument. The victim told officers that another man came up to him and said "I'm going to break the vodka bottle from last night over your head," which is often what it feels like happened anyway. Then, just like one of those sneaky hangovers you think you shook, the victim said the suspect walked away but suddenly came rushing back and repeated the threat again.
Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.