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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (Feb. 28)

Security camera, other crime prevention equipment stolen

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Isn't It Ironic?: A 39-year-old woman filed a police report after her preventative measures against crime failed. The woman told officers that an unknown suspect stole a package containing $400 worth of equipment from her front porch before she could bring it into her home. The package contained a security camera and DVR system that she planned to mount on her front porch to monitor criminal activity.

The Pick-up Kid: Police responded to a shoplifting call at an east Charlotte Wal-Mart last week after a man's attempt at making a slick exit ended in disaster. The suspect was first seen shoving a pack of utility blades in his pocket. After going to another part of the store and opening the blades, he used one to try to cut the anti-theft device from a stereo speaker system. When two security guards confronted him, he pushed both and tried to run away. He picked up a 9-year-old girl on his way out of the store and dropped her, then banged into a snack display, damaging a honey bun and package of donuts. He was then held down by security until police arrived. The girl was brought to the hospital per her parents' request, and the man faced multiple charges including larceny, assault on a child and damage to property.

Your Brain on Drugs: Police pulled over a group of guys last week who apparently believed they were invisible. Two officers were sitting at a traffic light one evening in southeast Charlotte when three men in a small sedan pulled up next to them without their headlights on. The men started screaming obscenities at the officers and then sped off. The cops pulled them over, searched the vehicle and found a stolen firearm, weed and drug paraphernalia.

Wine-oh-no: An employee at a local Kangaroo Express cost his business a lot more money by confronting a shoplifter last week than it would have cost to let the man go. The man told officers that he tried to stop the suspect from leaving the store with a frozen hamburger and a beef & cheese stick, but the suspect began swinging his fists. In the fight, 13 bottles of wine were shattered and six magazines were torn. The $140 in damage far outweighed the $4.56 worth of food the man tried to steal.

Traffic Jammed: Police responded to a hit-and-run call near Uptown last week after someone decided they couldn't wait behind a car in traffic. The 26-year-old victim said that he was waiting to take a left at a traffic light on West Boulevard when the car behind him started honking. When he didn't move, the man rammed into the victim's car, pushing it into the intersection. When they had traveled a long enough distance together, the suspect backed off and fled the scene.

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

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