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Bizarre crime from Charlotte police files

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Doggone It As a kid you might have had a parent threaten to take your pet dog for a "long ride in the country" after they shit on the rug or peed on the stove. That's essentially what one Charlotte resident attempted, but failed, to do when they let their pet roam free then got upset that someone returned it. The victim in this case told police she was running through her north Charlotte neighborhood when she spotted her neighbor's dog alone in the middle of the road. Doing what seemed like the right thing, the jogger took the dog back to its owner. That's when the owner threatened the woman in a way that sent her straight to the police, afraid for her safety. Also surely scared is the pet dog, who could not be reached for comment.

Bullies in Tech Good Samaritans were not the only people under attack in Charlotte this week. One teenager also received a threat through FaceTime, a video chat service in iPhones for those living under a rock. The young victim's father reported to the police that while his son was on the school bus, he received a call from the suspect who said, "Say one more thing about my son and I'm gone get on the bus and beat you and your daddy ass."

Sharpshooter In the midst of the public debate over gun control, there is always one local imbecile who reminds us that humans cannot be trusted with these things. A local man was cleaning his handgun in his bedroom when he accidentally fired it, sending a bullet through his own hand and foot. He immediately went to the hospital where staffers could treat the injuries, although he nearly died of embarrassment. Time will tell if the man survives the bullet driven right through his ego.

Barney Fife In an unrelated incident, a 17-year-old boy was forced to walk back his story after telling police he was shot during a recent robbery. The "victim" originally told police that he was robbed while walking down Old Pineville Road, and that the suspect shot him in the left leg during the robbery. He later recanted his statement and admitted that he had accidentally shot himself. Police seized the only two live rounds the boy had left, so as not to any more damage to himself or others, be it through gunshots or false accusations.

Yankee Candle Ahh, the sweet smells of summer. We are entering the season of cookouts, sunscreen and fresh cut grass, but one Charlotte resident had to experience a different kind of summer smell. Officers responded at about 4 p.m. when a 52-year-old woman reported that a known suspect set a bag of trash on fire and left it on the front step of her west Charlotte home.

Light of Your Life Sometimes in a marriage, the flame has gone out and there's no getting it back. Other times, a spouse simply steals your flame and you have to turn to police. The latter happened in northeast Charlotte last week when a woman filed a police report for theft, claiming that her husband of all people broke into her unlocked car and stole a Zippo lighter that was shaped like a bullet and cost $20.

Good Example Nothing gets blood boiling faster than bad traffic. This was the case for two drivers who had at it last week as they drove down North Tryon Street. According to the victim, the suspect was inching into her lane, so she sped up to avoid hitting. The suspect says that the victim was keeping him from changing lanes on purpose. When the two cars met at a traffic light, the suspect says he asked the victim what her problem was while the victim claims the suspect threatened to run into her vehicle and kill her. A classic he said, she said situation. The only passenger surprised by the interaction was the suspect's 3-year-old daughter in the backseat. It's true what they say; you're never too young to learn that daddy's kind of a dick.

Good Example II On the same day as the above-mentioned incident, more children were subjected to a display of road rage and failure to adult, and a child was even physically assaulted during the resulting altercation. The incident happened at Highland Creek Elementary School at about 7:45 a.m., when two drivers got into a verbal argument in the parking lot resulting from road rage. According to the report, a 13-year-old boy stepped between the 38-year-old man and 32-year old woman as they screamed at each other, but rather than realize that they were being parented by a young teen, the two continued to argue and then began shoving, ultimately pushing the boy down to the ground in their rage. He was not injured, but the parents should be.

Who Do You Trust? Once again, Craigslist proves disappointing. A suspect posted an ad for a 2008 Audi Turbo 2.5L, and when a man expressed interest last week, the suspect asked that he pay in eBay gift cards. The man then followed a trap that led him to suspect number two, who pretended to be with buyer protection and promised the sale was legit. After the man gave away the info for $3,000 worth of eBay cards to the suspect, he heard from the sellers only one more time when they asked for more money. Now, the suspects have become unreachable. New Blotter scam lesson: If the potential scammer gives you the buyer protection number to call, that doesn't make it the right number to call.

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

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