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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (Dec. 5)

Who's the boss?

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Problem Child: A 41-year-old woman filed a report after an argument with her daughter revealed the true boss of the family. In response to her mother's persistent nagging, the daughter told her, "I will slap you like I slapped my father."

Hot Mess: The Charlotte Fire Department had to deal with a serial arsonist in an apartment complex near Uptown last week. The CFD had responded to five calls in that week after someone lit things on fire and threw them down the trash chute, leading to dumpster fires every time. After the department extinguished one fire, the presumed suspect went to the chute and prepared to start a new fire. What the suspect didn't know was that a camera had been set up to focus on the scene. Police subsequently arrested the arsonist, who admitted to setting only one fire. Because apparently the entire place is filled with people throwing flaming things down the trash chute.

Really?: An armed robber was thwarted at Red Sea Grocery last week after he fell for the oldest trick in the book. The man entered the business and pulled a gun on two employees, telling them to open the cash register. The two men told him that, despite opening the cash register all day as part of their job, they didn't know how to open it. The man accepted this as fact and fled the store on foot.

Lights Out: A 58-year-old woman called police last week after someone broke into her car and stole some odd items. The woman told officers that the thief pried the handle off of her door to gain access to the vehicle. The suspect didn't steal any items from inside the car but instead unscrewed the light bulbs from the woman's dome lights.

Hall of Flame: Police were called to the NASCAR Hall of Fame after a couple of visitors pulled a practical joke: illegally discharging two fire extinguishers in the building. The pranksters got away before authorities arrived.

Walk It Off: The rough streets of south Charlotte claimed another victim last week. Police filed a report after a 59-year-old woman told them she was walking down Ardrey Kell Road when she tripped on an uneven sidewalk and fell. The woman's injury type was described as "Loss of Teeth."

Detector Defector: A student at Lincoln Heights Elementary School cost Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools thousands of dollars last week after he decided he was not going to walk through a metal detector. Instead he pushed the entire thing over, causing $4,000 in damage. What's more surprising, metal detectors in an elementary school or that an elementary student was able to put one of them on its side?

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

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