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A FRIEND IN NEED: After allowing a "friend" to live for a year at her house -- which was completely furnished, including appliances -- a woman discovered during a recent visit that her one-time tenant had vacated the premises and cleaned her out in the process. Among the items stolen were a queen-size bed, nightstands, dresser drawers, a coffee table, bookshelves, lamps, a ceiling fan, as well as numerous kitchen appliances and an entertainment center. Altogether, the stolen loot was valued at over $12,000.

TRUCK STOP TROUBLEMAKER: While working off-duty at a Charlotte truck stop, a police officer was approached by a civilian who stated that he had witnessed a man sitting in his car with open containers of alcohol. When both the police officer and witness approached the suspect, he jumped from his car and attacked the witness, and then resisted arrest. A small amount of marijuana was also found in the bad guy's car.

MYSTERIOUS LETTER: Upon answering her door, a woman was confronted by her neighbor, who began to "aggressively inquire" about noises he had heard coming from her residence. He then thrust a letter in the woman's hand, but after she advised him she was going to call the police, he demanded the letter back. She refused, and the man forced his way into the woman's house and attempted to take the letter away, scratching the woman's forearm in the process. During the struggle the woman called out for her brother, who was in a back bedroom. The brother separated the feuding neighbors, and kicked the man out. The report doesn't disclose any details as to the nature of the mysterious letter.

UNGODLY BEHAVIOR: While having lunch in the dining area of a downtown church, a man was confronted by a fellow church member who demanded the return of his umbrella. When the other chap refused, the cantankerous churchgoer struck him several times with his fists.

POOLSIDE PUNK: A man approached two women who were chatting at a table near their apartment complex's pool and started making "rude and inappropriate" remarks. When the women told the man to leave or they were going to call the police, the boorish bum -- who the women said appeared to be drunk -- spit in their direction and knocked over a potted plant. The man had vacated the premises before police arrived, but the women said they had seen the drunken lout before, and believe he is a friend of one their neighbor's.

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

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