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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police reports


NOW THAT'S SERVICE: If you've ever felt like not paying because a restaurant or bar wasn't up to your standards, you might want to rethink that plan. One woman was threatened at a bar after she said she wouldn't pay because an employee mopped around her table during her meal. She told police she believed the unspecified threat would be carried out. She paid the tab.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO STEAL: You may as well get something tasty. A grocery store manager told police that someone made off with four packages of rib eyes, five packages of New York strip and six packages of filet mignon. Which brings us to the next suspect ...

A LESSON LOST: A person stole $20 of Milwaukee's Best beer from a convenience store. What, were they out of Busch Light?

CLEAN CRIME: A woman told police that someone forced open her son's bedroom and stole only a 32-ounce bottle of Dawn dish washing fluid.

WIGGED OUT: Sometimes, a suspect might don a wig to commit a crime. But one person allegedly stole one -- as well as another wig, $500 and various hair care products. This person had been an employee of the business.

THE INVISIBLE INSURED A man told police that an unknown suspect added a person to the man's vehicle insurance policy.

NATURE CALLED: On a recent afternoon, a person grabbed Angel Soft toilet paper and Febreeze from the shelves of a small discount store before running out of the store without paying.

THEFT 101: If you're going to steal, you might want to make yourself scarce from the offended business for at least a few days. If you can't do that, at least don't bring the stolen property back with you, unlike one woman. She stole a $482.63 dress from an upscale department store. The next day, a loss prevention employee spotted the woman back in the store, and when arrested she had the dress with her.

KICKING AND BEGGING A woman told police that someone walked in her shop and asked for $10. When she refused, the suspect kicked her in the leg. When she fell to the floor, the suspect grabbed money from her purse and fled on foot.

THE GREEN FIVE-FINGER DISCOUNT: A man reported that someone dug up and stole plants worth $300 from his yard.

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

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