The Blotter May 27 2009
SUCKER BORN EVERY MINUTE: A 25-year-old man said he was walking in Buckhead around 1:30 a.m. when a blond woman — with a tattoo possibly of a rose on her left breast — pulled up. He said the woman seemed distraught — she said she was lost and needed directions. The woman said she was staying at a hotel downtown and asked him if he could get into her car and help her find the Rio Bravo restaurant on Roswell Road. (Blotter Diva note: The restaurant is roughly three blocks away.) “While on the way, he asked [the woman] to stop at an ATM so he could get $20 for a taxi after she dropped him off,” an officer wrote. The man said he gave the woman his Visa debit card and told her the pin number since the ATM was on the driver’s side of the vehicle. The man said they went to the restaurant, where she was supposed to meet her friend — but the friend didn’t show up. He said the woman asked for his help to return to her downtown hotel. “[The man] said he wasn’t comfortable with that, and was let out of the vehicle.”
The next day, the man’s bank called about suspicious overnight activity on his Visa debit card, including $302.95 withdrawn from an ATM on Roswell Road; charges of $50 and $36.69 at a QuikTrip around 4:55 a.m.; and seven charges totaling almost $550 at a Kroger around 5:15 a.m. The man said he’s not sure how the debit card got out of his possession.
GOING BATTY: On Henry Thomas Drive, a woman said her sister — armed with a baseball bat — kicked at her bedroom door, trying to get in. A police officer arrived. Several relatives in the apartment said the sister was “geeked up.” The officer wrote, “I asked [the sister] what happened and she replied, ‘They know how I get when I’m geeked, I saw something on the television and I got scared.’” The sister, age 45, was charged with disorderly conduct.
HAIRS LOOKING AT YOU: One afternoon, an officer stopped a suspicious man at the intersection of Woodward and Loomis avenues. “I gave [the man] several warnings to put on his shirt and pull his pants up to his waist,” the officer wrote. “I seen [the man] again walking with his shirt off and his pants below the waist, showing his pubic hairs.” The man, age 34, was charged with public indeceny/lewd appearance.
STRANGE DELIVERY: A 21-year-old woman said a stranger broke her bedroom window at her apartment on Parkway Drive — and threw a plastic baggie filled with a white powdery substance into the bedroom. She said she picked up the plastic baggie, threw it back out the window, and called police. She said her apartment is on the first floor, and there’s a walkway nearby. She said she went to the street corner and talked to someone, who said they believed they saw a man run from the walkway — but only knew him as “Marco.” Police searched the area — and couldn’t find Marco, or the plastic baggie.
BEDROOM BANKING: On Sidney Marcus Boulevard, an 83-year-old woman said she bought a plane ticket one morning — and went to get her money from her pillowcase. Then, she realized the money was gone. She said she kept about $6,000 in an envelope, hidden in her pillowcase — and she last saw the money about eight months ago. She believes her neighbor came inside her apartment and took the money. She said her neighbor is the only one who knows where the money was hidden — and he has a key to her apartment. She said their agreement was that if anything happened to her, he would make sure that her son — who lives in another country — got the money. A police officer spoke to the neighbor, who said he returned the woman’s house keys four months ago — and he didn’t take the money.
BATTLE INKY: Around 8 a.m., an officer responded to a call about disorderly conduct on Hopkins Street. Two women in their 30s were arguing and acting violent about ink cartridges — and they refused to stop. They were charged with disturbing the peace.
PAY UP: A 33-year-old man said a woman scratched his car, a 1995 white Mercury Cougar. The woman said she brought her car over to the 33-year-old man’s home on Hood Street to get her tire fixed. “[The man] stated he wanted some pussy instead of the money,” an officer wrote. “[The woman] said she could not have sex because she was on her cycle.” Apparently, a scuffle ensued. The man said the woman scratched his car, but she said she fell on his car. The officer said they both would be arrested. Then, they both decided not to press charges. The officer asked whether they lived together or had a relationship in the past. “Both parties stated, ‘No, we just know each other from the area,’” the officer wrote.
SUCKER BORN EVERY MINUTE, PART II: A 44-year-old woman said she advertised a place to rent on Craigslist.com. She said a man contacted her and said he was a foreign national from Nigeria — and he was moving to the U.S. to work for the United Nations. She said he sent her money orders — for more money than the expected amount due. She said he sent 10 money orders for a total of $7,540, along with instructions for her to wire transfer the extra money to two women in Rhode Island. The Atlanta woman said she transferred more than $2,000 before she realized the money orders are counterfeit.
Items in the Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words.