The Blotter January 09 2008

Bizarre crimes from Atlanta police reports

Brawlin' at the old folks' home: Around 6 a.m., an officer responded to a dispute between 85-year-old twin sisters who live together on Niskey Lake Road. One twin's grandson said he got a call from his grandmother, saying her twin sister hit her cheek with a broomstick. According to the grandson, this twin is a violent person and is slightly mentally unstable. He said three days ago, this twin poured hot water on his grandmother. While the officer was at the house, the twin used her fists to hit her sister's head and face. No one wanted to press charges against the elderly twin, but they did want her to get psychiatric help. Medics arrived and talked to the angry twin. She said every night, her sister lets a man inside the house — and every morning, she has to chase this man out. Then the twin started yelling and couldn't keep still. She went to Grady Memorial Hospital's psychiatric ward.

Brawlin' old folks, Part II: An officer responded to a call about a woman with a knife at a senior citizens home on McDaniel Street. When he arrived, he saw a 64-year-old woman holding about seven knives in her hand, and threatening another woman. According to the officer, the 64-year-old woman said she was mad at the other woman because she is a prostitute and she would not give her a cigarette. She allegedly said she hadn't taken her medication that day, and "she is a frequent guest of Grady Hospital's psychiatric ward on the 13th floor," the officer wrote. He noted that the 64-year-old woman had damaged the other woman's door, and a door belonging to a 74-year-old woman. Based on her age and past mental problems, the officer decided to take her to a hospital instead of jail.

It's not easy being green: A 30-year-old woman said she broke up with her boyfriend a few weeks ago, but he still gets mail at her apartment on Henry Thomas Drive. One day, he returned to pick up his mail, along with his new girlfriend, who is identified only as "Trent." An officer wrote: "Apparently, he was receiving a Fed-Ex package that contained 'Fuel Saving Pills.'" The 30-year-old said her ex-boyfriend asked her about the Fuel Saving Pills, and she told him: "I used them, it's in my car." Then, she said, the ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend beat her. She had a swollen eye and a bruised finger. The ex-boyfriend and his new gal fled before police arrived. No word on what happened to the "Fuel Saving Pills" — or how exactly these pills help save fuel.

"Jenna" & the Jaguar: A 38-year-old woman from Griffin said she went to a restaurant on Peachtree Road, parked her Jaguar and gave the key to a valet. Then she said she went to the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead and met an unknown woman at the hotel bar. The 38-year-old said she quickly became friends with this woman and allowed this woman to drive her Jaguar.

According to the 38-year-old, this other woman said her name was Jenna and she had just gotten out of jail in Dublin, Ga. – and she even had a mug shot from her jail stint. The 38-year-old said they returned to the restaurant on Peachtree Road, and "Jenna" asked if she could have the Jaguar keys, because she needed to get some makeup out of the car. So, the 38-year-old gave her the Jaguar keys. Now both "Jenna" and the Jaguar are missing.

The 38-year-old said she called Atlanta police the night before, but she had been too incoherent to tell them anything. She said she and "Jenna" ran up a restaurant tab of more than $700, but "Jenna" was gone when it was time to pay. An officer found out someone had called around 1 a.m. the night before about a woman in a red dress refusing to pay the tab at this very restaurant. "[The 38-year-old woman] stated that she believes she was drugged because she can remember certain events from the night, but did not know why she was doing what she was doing," the officer wrote. "She also stated she had about four glasses of champagne and wine." The 1999 blue Jaguar XK8 is worth about $20,000.

Fowl play: On Rock Springs Road, a 31-year-old woman said she noticed that one of her laying hens went missing on Christmas Day. "She assumed a hawk or some other animal killed the chicken," the officer wrote. Two days after Christmas, the woman said she noticed the body of her missing chicken lying in the corner of her front yard. "There was a clean knife cut on the upper-most portion of the body," the officer wrote. "[The woman] believes someone killed the chicken on Christmas Day and ate it. She does not know why they returned the remainder of the chicken to her front yard."

Beckham's appeal: At a pharmacy on Broad Street, the manager said he recognized a bearded man standing near the perfume and cologne box sets — because this same man was arrested for shoplifting from this same pharmacy four days ago. The manager said a security guard stopped the man outside the store, and found one David Beckham cologne gift set (worth $23.76) under the man's coat. The man, age 53, has missing teeth and he wore a tan camouflage coat. According to the police report, the man was oddly calm.

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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