The Blotter January 01 2003

At an apartment on Carlisle Street, a 27-year-old woman went into her bathroom to take a bath. While preparing for her bath, she looked up and saw a large snake wrapped around the bathroom mirror. The woman, along with her family, ran screaming out of the apartment. A neighbor came over and claimed ownership of the snake. The neighbor, a male painter in his 40s, said the snake had been on the loose for weeks. No injuries.

The manager of a clothing store on Cascade Avenue said a man with a skin discoloration on his cheek entered the store and stole six pairs of Pleather plus-sized pants. The thief was not overweight.

A 30-year-old man said a woman nicknamed "Natt" visited him at his apartment on Ruby H. Harper Boulevard. Hours later, the man noticed that his spare set of car keys was missing from atop the television. Then, he heard his car alarm go off. (He owns a 1995 dark green Jaguar with drive-out tags.) The man opened his front door and saw two men outside. One man had a scarf over his face and a handgun. Both men said he didn't need to be messing with the woman across the street (aka Natt). The man quickly shut the door. He heard his Jaguar being driven away. The man called police. He said that before the two men came to his door, Natt called him at home and asked him to take her to McDonald's.

On Fernbank Drive, a 45-year-old man and his wife heard a man breaking into their crawlspace. They called 911. The couple said the same man has previously broken into their home and harassed them (several times). Officers arrived and arrested the man, a 32-year-old who was very drunk. The couple said in the past, the man has come to their home and told them that they were living in his house. The couple said they didn't know the man until they purchased the house several years ago.

At North Avenue and Holy Street, a naked woman was walking around. The woman, age 51, said a man gave her $4 and forced her to remove her clothes at knifepoint. She said she pretended she had to use the bathroom outside, then ran and called police. An officer spoke with the man, a 43-year-old with black permed hair. He said he gave the woman $5 for sexual favors. After he gave her the money, she ran and called police. He said he didn't force her to remove her clothes. The woman didn't want to press charges.

An officer was driving on I-20 when a silver Nissan Altima changed lanes behind him. The Altima was so close to the rear of the patrol car that the officer couldn't see the Altima's headlights. The Altima exited off I-20 and onto Hamilton E. Holmes Drive. The Altima hit a sewer drain, blowing out a tire. The officer spoke with the driver, a 29-year-old woman with tattoos on both arms. She said she was drunk and to arrest her. A second officer spoke with the driver. She started talking about her roommate and crying. She said she had one drink at Red Lobster about an hour ago, and she wasn't that drunk. She cried about some roommates that she doesn't want to live with. She said she wanted to hit the curb with her car because she saw the police and wanted to prove a point to her roommates that she needed to get locked up to get away from them. She was arrested for DUI.

A 59-year-old woman said every day, she goes to the home of an 87-year-old man on Richmond Street to cook for him. One day, she walked into the house and noticed that the bedroom set and chairs were gone. The 87-year-old man is blind and didn't know the furniture was missing. The woman called police.

A 52-year-old woman on Cardinal Way said while she was sleeping, she heard some noises. She looked outside and saw her sister and her brother leaving a gray pickup truck. She heard them say, "Grab whatever you can get." The woman said her mother was living with her until her recent death. She also said her sister has a key to her house. She said her brother took the keys to her 1999 Honda Accord, and removed the motion detectors from the alarm system. She said she knows her sister took some of her mother's clothes. She said her brother and sister fled through the woods. When police arrived, there was no pickup truck at the home. The woman said she is a lawyer and had filed papers to split the mother's belongings three ways.

A Norcross man received his bank statement from the State Employees Credit Union and noticed some fraudulent charges. There was a charge on his check card to These Last Days Ministries ($311.40); a charge to ideals.com ($49); a charge to World Start ($115.85); and a charge to Catholic Anniversary Station (amount unknown). The Norcross man didn't authorize anyone to make these charges. The man also said someone opened up a Bank of America credit card in his name and charged $1,400.

An 89-year-old woman left her home on Ashby Circle to go out to eat. She noticed that her front and side windows had been shot and damaged. She told police she didn't see or hear anything, because she wasn't wearing her hearing aid. No injuries.

All items in The Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports and are public record.??

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