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A vacant house was the target of a very unusual robbery. An unknown thief somehow unlocked the front door and decided to take a claw-foot bathtub from the bathroom. The crook then attempted to take the cast iron fireplace frame from the fireplace in the den. The robber didn't get very far with the frame -- it broke and he decided to leave it. He still got away with the bathtub.

No More Living In The Dark: A local woman called police after discovering that her neighbor was stealing her electricity. The amount stolen could not be determined but the electric company was notified.

Watchful Eyes Of God: A robber made his way into a local church after prying open the door. He managed to get away with the church's television, and he also cut the phone lines and the power lines.

Holy Potholes, Batman!: As a man was pulling his car into a parking space, the right front tire dropped into a sewer drain. Although the parking space was designated as a legal space with a meter, it could not be determined if the drain grate was in place or was missing when the man drove over it. The entire right front tire ended up in the drain with the back end of the car sticking up. The car had to be removed from the drain by a towing service.

Cholesterol Free: A very hungry person went into a local home and proceeded to steal and eat six medium eggs. The homeowner said that other people live at the same address and that he was unsure who would have done it. He also stated that he did not give permission to anyone to steal or eat his eggs.

Blind Spot: A Federal Security Officer watched a vehicle pulling into the delivery area of a local bank. As the officer approached the car, the driver became spooked and tried to get away. In doing so, the driver backed his car into a marble pillar, causing damage to the pillar, then drove away from the scene. The vehicle was later found abandoned about a block away, and had already been reported stolen.

Hot Under The Collar: A Customer Service Rep at a bank tried to help a client who requested information that was not available to him. The man, evidently unhappy about this turn of events, grabbed a stack of papers off the CSR's desk, crumpled them up and then walked out of the bank.

Dead Battery: Police were called to a local business because of a domestic disturbance. People on the scene reported there was an earlier verbal altercation between the business owner and a customer. The customer left the premises but apparently came back to the business and threw a car battery through a window. He fled before officers arrived.

You're Going to Need More Kitty Litter: A local woman had a variety of things stolen from behind agate at her home. The thief took a large gray plastic bin, a red yard broom, a one-gallon gasoline can and five kerosene cans. Also missing were a five-pound bag of cat litter and a 25-pound bag of cat food. Plus, he or she took a pair of canvas tennis shoes and white nursing clogs.

Mad About Something: A woman's car was vandalized while it was parked in front of an apartment building's office. The person smashed the rear windshield and then keyed the vehicle. If that was not enough vandalism, the abuser then wrote profanity on the hood. He was last seen carrying a bat away from the scene.

True Love: A woman called police to report a verbal threat. She said that the person in question stated that if she let him down or broke his heart that he knew people in the mob. He told her people would come to her house and shoot her.

Can I Get That To Go?: A customer walked into a local restaurant and ordered four plates of food. Once they were ready he picked them up and ran out of the establishment without paying. The cashier was able to see the getaway car and get the license plate number.

Roller Derby: A woman returned home and found that her two front windows had been broken out. Someone had thrown a brick, along with a roller skate, through the two windows.

Just Trying To Be Nice: A woman apparently violated a restraining order by leaving a birthday card and present for a man at his front door. The man reported she has also called him at least 20 times. The man sent a fax of the restraining order to the police.

Holy Writing: A church was the target for vandalism. Someone entered the property and used white spray paint to write Hispanic names on the church walls and on a vehicle in the parking lot. The police report indicated the vandalism did not appear to be gang related.

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

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