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The Blotter: Break, Don't Enter

Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files

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Grand Entrance Two suspects were not worried about staying inconspicuous when they tried to break into Rhino Market & Deli one night last week. Police responded to the west Charlotte business at around 1:30 a.m. one morning to find the front window smashed out and a sledgehammer laying next to the damaged storefront. While the suspects weren't shy about making noise breaking the window, they changed attitudes when they heard the alarm go off and both fled the scene before ever entering the building.

Watch Me An equally brash suspect came into a Goodwill on South Boulevard last week and immediately began shoplifting in such a manner that staff and fellow patrons couldn't help but see. Police reported that the woman entered the store at about 5 p.m. and went over to the women's section and picked out multiple items of clothing. She then went into the women's dressing room with this large selection and came out within minutes holding only a small fraction of the clothes she went in with. While concealing some of the clothes under the ones she wore, employees also reported that she had filled up her own purse with clothes, along with a purse that she grabbed from a shelf when she walked into the dressing room. The suspect made a clean getaway, although employees wrote down her license plate number.

Peep This Police were able to catch a peeping Tom near Reedy Creek Park thanks to the actions of a resident not scared to act to protect his family. Upon the officers' arrival, they spoke to a 36-year-old man who said he saw a man standing inside his fenced-in patio and peering into his windows. The man's 76-year-old mother, 29-year-old wife and 11-year-old daughter were also home at the time. The reporting man went outside to confront the suspect, who then assaulted the resident. The suspect was apparently no match for the resident, however, as the resident was able to subdue him and hold him until police arrived. The suspect was charged with "Peeping Tom" (yes, that's an actual charge), simple assault and trespassing.

Thanks For the Ride A well-meaning northwest Charlotte couple stopped to pick up a hitchhiker in the southern part of the city last week, and soon regretted it after becoming a little too comfortable with their new friend. The couple told police that after picking up the hitchhiker, they stopped at a Harris Teeter in the Ballantyne area. The two made a misguided decision by leaving the keys of their GMC Sierra inside the vehicle along with the hitchhiker. When they came back out to the parking lot after buying their groceries ... well, you know what happened. No more Sierra.

Spoiled A 37-year-old mother in the Ballantyne area filed a police report last week after her son's response to not getting allowance was enough to raise some red flags. The woman told police that "the suspect got angry about her not giving him any money and used bodily force and broke a mirror in the living room," according to the report. The mirror only cost $15, and the woman said she did not want to file any criminal charges, but just wanted the incident documented.

Burning Point In another incidence of children flipping the fuck out for no good reason, a child at Turning Point Academy in northwest Charlotte became angry at his school punishment last week and threw a fit that landed him in trouble with the law. According to the report, the student "became upset when he realized he was being suspended from school," then cursed at administrators, ripped paper down from the bulletin board, threw a chair and punched a fire extinguisher cabinet, breaking the plastic window and doing $30 in damage. Because that will surely make them want to let you back in school.

Luxurious Attitude It's not just kids who throw fits. One woman became enraged at a car dealership in southeast Charlotte last week and her resulting actions only cost her more money than she had already lost. Staff at B&M Luxury Auto off East Independence Boulevard told police that a woman on the lot had lost her money, then became so upset that she couldn't find it that she threw a rock through the driver-side window and windshield of a 2005 Hyundai Accent, putting her $500 further in the hole than she already had been.

Everything But... A construction supervisor at a site in southeast Charlotte filed a report last week after some unknown suspect stole some home furnishings from a home that was under construction. While normally thieves may break into a house and steal everything but the kitchen sink, as the expression goes, this one was working backwards. The only thing listed as stolen in the report, in fact, was the kitchen sink, worth $600.

Milk Bomb Police responded to a Burger King on Nations Ford Road recently after a woman was attacked at work in the worst possible way — or most embarrassing way, for that matter. The 23-year-old employee told police that she was working the drive-thru window when a customer launched a milkshake back at her that she had just served them. The victim did not suffer any injuries, only some hurt pride.

All stories are pulled from police reports at CMPD headquarters. Suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

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