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Asphalt Bandit:
A man in uptown Charlotte brought new meaning to the phrase "assault with a deadly weapon." For no apparent reason, the man threw two pieces of loose asphalt at another man. Although both pieces of asphalt struck him, the man received no serious injuries.

On Her Toes:
A distressed woman contacted police after a harassing caller got a little personal. The woman claimed the unknown person made several sexually harassing phone calls to her home. But when the caller made the statement, "You have nice painted toes," the woman became more than irked. She reported to police that she hadn't polished her toenails in about six months until recently and worried that the caller must have somehow seen her feet.

Bus Stop:
In order to visit an uptown building, a woman parked her SUV at a parking meter. Although she was inside for only an hour and a half, she returned to discover that her SUV had been hit. A police investigation revealed that the SUV had been struck by a school bus. Police located a witness who had written down the unit and registration numbers of the bus and claimed that the bus failed to stop after hitting the car. The bus inflicted $2,000 in damage, and the identity of the driver is still unknown.

Bad Credit:
Faced with his towering debt, a man trusted a woman who claimed to work for a credit association to help him get his credit back on track. The woman promised that if the man met her in the parking lot of an east Charlotte business and gave her payments, she would apply the money to his debt and repair his damaged credit. The man and woman met on six different occasions, and the man made six payments before the woman disappeared. The $3,366 dollars he paid her have not been used toward his credit.

A Closer Shave:
Security for a super-store caught a woman as she waltzed out of the store with three stolen purses. Aside from the pocketbooks, the woman pilfered 16 packages of assorted razor blade refills and 11 razors. The woman did not comment on what she intended to do with the $327.35 in shaving items and handbags she stole.

Sugar Rush:
Rather than steal a car, a thief who broke into a local rental car company settled for the candy machine. The burglar pried open the front window, grabbed the candy dispenser, and fled.

Mystery Client:
Better organizational communication might benefit a painting supply business that fell victim to a clever schemer. A man entered the store and claimed to be an employee of a company that has a charge account with the business. Rather than check out the man's story, the business let him take what he wanted and leave. When the company refused to pay for the items the swindler took, the business discovered that the man did not work for the company at all, and the business was out $901.80.

Cooked Out:
A man didn't get a chance to tailgate this week outside a local nightclub. When he stepped away from his outdoor grill for a few minutes, he returned to find that his grill had been swiped. Although he stated to police that he looked everywhere for the grill, he couldn't find it and assumed it stolen.

Order for Pick Up: A thief filled up on his party stash at a pharmacy's drive-through window. He pulled up to the window and passed the attending woman a note requesting large doses of prescription opiates. After the man threatened to harm the woman if she didn't come through, she handed over the drugs, and the fiend drove off with his supply.

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

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