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The blotter July 11 2007

Bizarre crimes from Atlanta police reports

KEEPING ABREAST OF THE SITUATION: A 42-year-old Buckhead man said he was kicked out of a bar on Piedmont Road because he complained about a group of women who were "sucking their breast" inside the bar. The man said he told the bar manager about this alleged breast-sucking, but the manager didn't do anything about it. He said a woman walked to him, pulled up her shirt, exposed her breast, and asked, "Do you want to suck on this?" He said the bar manager asked him to leave — and he did. The man said he needed a police report to make a complaint about the bar allowing sex acts inside the business.

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KEEPING ABREAST OF THE SITUATION, Part II: Someone called police and said a woman kept shaking her breast at the door of a business on Joseph P. Lowery Boulevard. An officer arrived and spotted the shirtless woman. She took off running, but police stopped her. The officer noted, "Her top half was showing and out." The woman, age 30, wore tan pants. She weighs about 180 pounds. She was charged with public indecency.

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DOWN ON PONCE: A 28-year-old man said he picked up an unknown man at a nightclub on Ponce de Leon Avenue. He said he took the man home and allowed him to take a shower. The 28-year-old said he was drunk, and he passed out while the unknown man was in the shower. When he woke up the next morning, the 28-year-old noticed the other man was gone — along with his iPod, cell phone, eyeglasses, American Express card, and ATM card. He didn't know the man's name but said the man has brown hair.

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SUMMER LOVIN' IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS: Someone called police and reported that two people were having sex on a blanket in a field on Memorial Drive. An officer went there, around 9:30 a.m., and saw a naked man and woman in their 40s, trying to cover themselves with a blanket. He also saw three empty Colt 45 beer cans near the couple. They were arrested for public indecency.

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MONEY MATTERS: An officer found a $100 bill on the floor near the metal detector at the entrance of City Hall on Trinity Avenue. The officer said he asked a "gentleman" nearby whether he had dropped the money, and the gentleman said no. The officer noted that about two minutes later, another man walked up and asked, "What are you going to do with the money?" The officer said he was going to turn in the money to the police property division. The officer said he explained police procedure about lost items. According to the officer, the man identified himself and then "he requested that I split the money with him because all that I was going to do was steal the money." The officer again explained police procedure about lost items. "He then said, 'Officer I won't tell anybody if you and I split the money,'" the officer wrote. Then, the officer explained about the security cameras mounted nearby, and how those cameras could determine who actually lost the $100 bill. "He continued his effort of trying to get me to give him the money and he could split the money with me," the officer wrote.

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The officer told the man to go back to his worksite. He left for a while – and then came back. This time, he told the officer that he lost some money, and he wanted the $100 bill. No charges filed, according to the police report. (The Blotter Diva ponders: How can someone propose stealing to a police officer at City Hall – the seat of Atlanta's government – and not get charged with anything?)

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DAZED AND CONFUSED: Around 4:45 a.m., an officer saw a man beating, kicking and pulling on a glass door of a bank on Peachtree Road. Then, the man removed a sandal from his foot, and started beating the door with the sandal. The officer told the man to stop. The man said he was trying to get inside his hotel, but someone had locked him out. The officer asked him for ID. He said the man returned to the bank door and knocked again. The officer asked, "Have you been drinking?" "Yes," the man replied. The officer said, "Stop knocking on the bank door." This time the man stopped. He was arrested for disorderly conduct under the influence. The man, age 25, hails from Elgin, Ill. He told police he was staying at a hotel close to I-285, which is nowhere near the bank in Buckhead.

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ART OF THE STEAL: At an assisted living home, an employee said she noticed that a painting was stolen from the men's room (it featured white, blooming flowers) and another painting was stolen from the women's restroom (it depicted a woman wearing a red dress). She checked the surveillance video and spotted a suspect. She believes it was a bit of an inside job: It appeared that a resident of the assisted living home opened the door for the suspect to get inside.

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THAT WON'T EVEN GETCHA ON MARTA: An employee said a man requested a blunt at a gas station on Boulevard. The employee said he handed the blunt to the man, who gave him a $1 bill. The employee said, "The blunt costs $1.25." The employee said the man then yelled at him and called him names. The man tried to leave the store but the employee locked the doors remotely. He said the man tried to break down the door, so he eventually unlocked it and the man drove away. He reported the car's tag number to police. A report was filed about the 25 cent theft.

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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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