The Blotter December 23 2004

One morning, a 55-year-old woman walked outside her home on East Confederate Avenue and discovered that her Christmas decorations were destroyed. The woman said most of her "self-moving decorations" were broken, and some were thrown in the street.

The Christmas decorations were valued at $500.

A man walked into a Popeye's on Lee Street, went into the bathroom, and ripped the towel dispenser off the wall. Then, the man ran toward Oak Street.

The assistant manager called police. An officer arrived and searched the area. "I later found [the man] chasing cars on Oak Street," the officer wrote.

The man, age 21, was sober. The officer charged him with trespassing and took him to Grady Memorial Hospital "because of his erratic behavior."

A 28-year-old woman called police and said her husband left with their children. Her husband smokes marijuana and doesn't have a driver's license. She said her husband is driving around in their home with the children. (Currently, they are homeless and sleeping in their van.) The woman wanted a police report so her husband would be arrested for driving without a license. The woman said she didn't want their home (i.e., the van) towed and she would take MARTA to pick up the van when police located her husband.

The children are a 1-year-old girl and an infant boy born in November.

On Richardson Street, a woman said her husband came in late one night and went to sleep. The next morning, the husband woke up early and requested that they have sex. "He became upset when his body was too tired to engage in such activity," the officer wrote. So the husband, age 43, went to the kitchen and started drinking alcohol, "trying intentionally to get drunk."

Upon getting drunk, the husband returned to the bedroom and argued with his wife. He punched his wife in the face and dragged her around the house.

The husband fled before police arrived. The wife had minor injuries.

At a restaurant on Cheshire Bridge Road, a 20-year-old woman said her female friend pushed her. Then, she said, the friend poured BBQ sauce on her car.

Patrons inside the restaurant said there was no pushing involved.

Someone broke into a record store on Bankhead Highway. An officer spoke with the store owner's son, who said there was a broken window and the store alarm was disabled.

Inside, the store was a mess: CDs and DVDs were tossed everywhere. Missing items included a handgun, CDs, DVDs, and a PlayStation.

A 43-year-old man said he witnessed the crime. Around 2:30 a.m., he saw a man with yellow gloves pulling the burglar bars. He heard the sound of a window breaking. About 10 minutes later, he saw the yellow-gloved man leave the store with a brown paper bag.

The officer asked, "So why didn't you call police?"

The man replied that he was with a lady and high on crack.

Near the intersection of Peachtree and Pine streets, some passersby told an officer about a drunk man staggering off the curb and into the street.

The officer found the man, who was throwing up on the sidewalk after drinking some Mad Dog 20/20 wine. The man, age 60, was charged with disorderly conduct.

A 35-year-old man on Collier Road called police about his drunk roommate. He said his roommate had been drinking all night. When the man got home, his computer was knocked to the floor. Also, the roommate went into the man's room and rummaged through his clothes. He told the roommate to get out. Then, the roommate urinated on the man's dresser.

The roommate went to a nearby friend's house. So the man locked the front door. Moments later, the roommate returned and kicked in the front door.

The roommate, a 30-year-old man, fled before police arrived.

Police investigated a vacant house on Rawson Street. Inside, the floor was covered with feces and trash. Two middle-aged men were staying there. One man threw some cocaine on the floor (less than a gram). Both men were taken to jail.

At 3:30 a.m., police found a couple engaged in oral sex, inside a car on Dearwood Drive. The woman had her mouth around the man's penis. (The woman is age 42; the man is 27).

Police ordered them out of the car (which belonged to the man). The man was charged with indecency. His car was towed and he was taken to jail. The man's belongings were turned in to police (a camera, a gun, a Gucci hat, and a cell phone).

The woman wasn't charged with anything. She was released.

On Forest Park Road, a 2004 Ford Mustang was on fire. The owner, a 29-year-old man, ran up to a police officer. The owner said he wasn't hurt. The Atlanta Fire Department arrived and put out the fire (but the Ford Mustang was totaled). According to the report, the fire was caused by mechanical or electrical failure.

The car was towed at the owner's expense.

A man left an 18-pack of Colt 45 beer outside a store on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard. The man left the beer outside, and then walked into the store. While he was inside, another man stole his beer.

The man called police and reported the theft.

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

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