Persistent Pest: In response to a domestic disturbance, police arrived to assess the situation. Upon arrival, the offender was gone so the officers began to discuss the situation with the affronted woman. While police were still talking with the troubled woman, the crazed man called the woman's house. After answering the phone and realizing who it was, the woman instructed the man to stop calling and hung up. About a minute later, the man called back; this time, the officer got on the phone and told the man to never call again. Obviously not getting the message, the man called back three more times within two minutes.
Left With Less: A simple case of shoplifting got a little more interesting when several sticky-fingered thieves were apprehended last week. Upon detainment, police recovered $700 worth of DVDs, a $200 DVD player and $75 worth of clothing that were obviously not rightfully theirs. The one thing that did belong to them was also taken: "a marijuana pipe containing approximately 1 gram of marijuana."
Let Me See: While chatting with another woman, a cell-phone fanatic asked to see the other woman's phone. After giving it a good look-see, the cell-phone snatcher pocketed the phone saying that the woman wouldn't get it back. She then hopped into her car and drove off with the stolen phone.
Start Your Engines: Two argumentative men were staying a few doors down from each other in a hotel and had shared a few adult beverages. Soon the conversation turned to NASCAR and things got ugly. In no time, the argument became a physical brawl with one man on the receiving end of a cracked rib, swollen cheek and a couple of small facial cuts. At least it was over a worthy subject.
You Are Caller 1,000: We've all read about the harassing phone calls and the occasional stalker threats, but in this report, things have definitely gotten out of hand. It seems that someone has called one woman over 1,000 times making such threats as the classic "I'm going to get you, bitch," "I was showing someone where you live. It will only take time for him to get you," and other such nonsense. This compulsive caller has called this woman's house so many times that other people are having trouble getting through.
Hokey-Pokey: Here's a creative assault attempt. An aggravated assailant walked into a man's bedroom and started "poking him on the forehead repeatedly with a finger." This method apparently didn't command the fear that was intended, so the offender thought of a better idea and declared, "Better yet, I'll shoot you!" before leaving the bedroom.
Green Thumb: A mysterious theft that occurred in a local neighborhood has the property's owner deeply troubled. Evidently, someone took a liking to this woman's plant and decided it would be wiser to steal this particular plant (valued at no more than $10) than to go out and buy a similar one. The plant-snatcher simply picked up the plant and ran off with it, all the while being observed by the confused owner.
Positive Or Negative: A shoplifter was apprehended by police after being caught on video. This particular shoplifter got the lighter hand of justice, however, perhaps as a result of sympathetic (or embarrassed) officers. The only item the young girl had stolen was a home pregnancy test, perhaps being too abashed to attain it honestly. The girl was given a warning and the property was returned to its shelf.
Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte Police Department.