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The Blotter July 26 2006

Bizarre crimes from Atlanta police reports

THE MANAGER of a new home business said someone scrawled the words "Home of Lord Dreadd" on his sales sign on East Paces Ferry Road. Also, the back door of one home had graffiti that said, "Thank you Lord Dreadd."

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A MAN NOTICED that a large rock had crashed through the front window of his home on Lindbergh Drive. The man suspects his neighbor. The man said he and his wife have experienced a series of events with the neighbor. First, the neighbor was disposing of raw chicken in their back yard. The wife confronted the neighbor, who admitted to throwing the chicken in their yard ... by mistake. Then, on July 4, they smelled a strong odor of gas. Police arrived. The neighbor was arrested for using their gas improperly. After that, the neighbor starting throwing more raw chicken into their yard. Now, their front window is broken.

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A 43-YEAR-OLD MAN said he was woken up early one morning by a phone call from another man, who was screaming and cursing at him about his dogs barking. The 43-year-old assured him that the dogs were inside the house, asleep. The man continued to use profane and abusive language until the call ended. The 43-year-old said for the past five years, this man has periodically called him, left notes on his door and stopped by in front of his house. He doesn't know the man's name.

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A WOMAN CALLED POLICE about a suspicious odor coming from the apartment above her on Conley Road. She said she's called the apartment managers many times about the flies and the unbearable smell coming from the apartment during the hot summer. Another neighbor said it smells like a dead body is in there. A firefighter entered the apartment through an open window. No dead body — just a refrigerator that wasn't working. Inside, spoiled meats and other food had maggots. Police filed a report.

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AN OFFICER was sitting inside a mini-police precinct on Magnolia Drive when he heard loud music coming through the walls. He walked outside and saw that the music was coming from a Dodge pickup truck that was idling on the sidewalk. An 18-year-old woman was in the driver's seat. She smelled like alcohol. She tried to walk away, so the officer handcuffed her until another officer got there. The woman said she went out with her family and had a few drinks. She also said she was "ADHD." The officer noticed that the whole time she was talking, she couldn't stay still. The 18-year-old said she didn't have a driver's license and she didn't know how to drive. She was arrested and taken to jail. She hails from Norcross.

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AT LENOX Square MALL, an employee at an eyewear store said a man walked in and stole a pair of Gucci sunglasses worth $230. The employee said he knows this man. His nickname is "Lucky." So, the employee called Lucky to try to get the sunglasses back. Lucky said he would return the sunglasses. Later, Lucky text-messaged the employee, stating he would meet the employee at another location to return the sunglasses, but he didn't want to get locked up. But Lucky didn't show up. So the employee called police and gave them Lucky's cell phone number. An officer watched the store security videotape, which shows Lucky swiping the sunglasses. Also, the employee believes he can get more information about Lucky in the store's database. He wishes to prosecute. (Blotter note: Probably not the best idea to steal items from a store where they know you.)

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TWO POLICE OFFICERS got a call about a woman selling drugs at Stovall Street and Northern Avenue. When they arrived, they talked to the woman, who was nervous and shaky. She has acne and wore a very short mini-skirt. Police started to question her. "I don't have any fucking drugs," the woman yelled. Then, she pulled up her miniskirt to reveal her buttocks. The officers asked her to pull down her skirt and empty her pockets. Again, the woman lifted up her skirt to reveal her buttocks. This time, an officer noticed a plastic baggie sticking out of her underwear. The woman tried to run. The officers caught her. She started yelling, "Rape, rape, rape." A crowd showed up and the woman ran away again. An officer lost sight of her when she dove under a fence.

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But during the fracas, the woman dropped her cell phone. So police turned in the phone as evidence.

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AT WHOLE FOODS on Ponce de Leon Aveune, a manager said a very drunk man walked in and started asking for food and money. Then, the man gathered up some food items and offered to sell them back to the manager. The manager tried to get him to leave, and the man got belligerent and threatened to go to the manager's home. Police were called. An officer spotted the man, walking in traffic. They followed the man to a nearby Mexican restaurant, where the man was bathing in the sink. The man was arrested for disorderly conduct, and he spit on one officer during arrest. He told one officer that he planned to find her and kill her upon his release from jail.

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THE MANAGER of a greeting card store said a man came into his store one Friday afternoon. The man, in his 30s, wore a black do-rag. The manager said he stole $2,300 worth of greeting cards and left.

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The police report did not indicate how many greeting cards were stolen, just that the stolen cards were worth $2,300.

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lauren.keating@creativeloafing.com

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Items in The Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words.





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