The Blotter July 24 2003

At about 9 a.m., a 28-year-old woman returned to her home on Doane Street and found her live-in boyfriend in bed with another woman. The boyfriend said nothing was going on — the other woman came by to help him clean up, and they fell asleep. The other woman is known to use drugs. The 28-year-old asked her boyfriend to leave, and he agreed.

Police responded to a call from a resident on Cleveland Circle. The officer wrote, "Cleveland Circle is an unlit dirt road that a lot of prostitutes use for their office." A 20-year-old woman with long brown hair was trying to get a ride from a man in a red Dodge Neon. She said they were still working out the price for oral sex. She wanted $50. The officer gave her a ticket.

On July 4, a huge plastic beer display was stolen from atop a liquor store on Peachtree Road. The beer display was 12 feet by 30 feet.

An officer was watching a few known prostitutes on Metropolitan Parkway. A 22-year-old woman stopped a man, chatted with him, and got in his car. The officer followed the car for a mile before stopping it. The woman went to jail. The male driver got a ticket for driving without proof of insurance. At the jail, the woman was given some clothes, because "she was wearing a bathing-suit top that was way too small for her," the officer wrote. "(She) confirmed that they were heading to her normal stop for sex."

Someone used blood to paint the word "siempre" on the door of a woman's apartment on Peachtree Road. "In Spanish, it means 'always,'" the officer wrote. No one was in the apartment, and there was no sign of struggle or any more blood.

A 42-year-old man met a woman and stayed the evening with her at a friend's home. The next morning, he was going to take the woman to his house. But first, he stopped at a gas station on Metropolitan Parkway to use the restroom. While he was inside, the woman drove away in his car, a red Mercury Cougar. The man called a friend to pick him up. Then, he spotted his car at a nearby Burger King. The woman jumped out the car and ran up the street. A green tote bag and some electrical tools were missing from the car. He couldn't tell police the woman's first or last name.

A New Jersey man said he was bringing a bearded man to a hotel to meet his cousin. When they arrived at the hotel on Peachtree Street, the bearded man got out of the car and took an envelope that contained $7,500. The New Jersey man said by the time he realized the money was missing, the bearded man had already walked into the hotel and could not be found.

A 22-year-old man said someone broke into his home on McDaniel Street and defecated on his toilet seat. The suspect took a Sony PlayStation and a 12-gauge shotgun. (The gun was hidden under a mattress). The suspect also rummaged through drawers and clothes throughout the house.

A manager of a restaurant on Piedmont Avenue was working in his office. He walked into the lobby to get something. There stood a well-dressed man, who asked for a job application. The man, who wore a suit and tie, said he was en route to work and wanted to fill out the application before leaving. The employee left the well-dressed man in the lobby and returned to his office.

Then, he looked up and saw the well-dressed man standing in the office doorway. "What are you doing back here?" the employee asked. "I need to know what positions you are hiring for," the well-dressed man said. The manager said if he was hiring, it would be for a waiter position. The well-dressed man went back to the lobby.

Minutes later, the well-dressed man returned to the office with a silver handgun, which he pointed at the manager. "You've pissed me off now," the well-dressed man said. "I'm going to kill your ass." He ordered the manager to open the safe. He held a gun to a female employee's head while the manager retrieved $1,400. The well-dressed man took off with the money. At Hartsfield Airport, a 49-year-old man from Lilburn was checking in his bags with his wife. A suspicious man pushed the 49-year-old, grabbed his computer bag, and fled. The 49-year-old said the computer bag contained $1,000 in traveler's checks, $10,000 in Pakistani rupees, and important papers. Police recovered the stolen computer bag and returned it to the owner.

Three men were detained for robbing a bank on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard. Officers spoke with two men, who gave the following story about the third man.

The third man was in a house on Sunset Avenue buying sex and smoking crack. He borrowed money from several people and told some of them he would give them more money back. He said he had a direct deposit, and he needed to be at the bank at 9 a.m.

At the bank, a teller said one man approached her, asked for a withdrawal slip and said, "I don't have any money in this bank, and this is a holdup, ma'am." The teller said, "Are you serious?" "Yes, ma'am, give me everything," he replied. "What do you want me to do?" asked the teller. "I'm on dope, call the police," he said. "They told me to come in and hold up the bank." The teller hit the alarm button. The third man, a 45-year-old from Tennessee, was arrested for robbing the bank. The other men were released.

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

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