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The Blotter January 20 2011

A Myrtle Street resident told police that while he was at the gym, a neighbor called and told him three strange men were lurking around his home. By the time he got there, his 52-inch flat-screen TV was gone. Luckily, a neighbor thinks she might have snapped a photo of the trio the previous day — and the morons actually posed for it. She said the same three young men knocked on her door and asked her for charity money. She invited them inside and took a photo because, “They looked so clean cut!” The photograph is just one of several major clues the suspects left behind: Police found a knife with fingerprints on it, plus fresh fingerprints on the man’s closet door and his dresser. There was also a small trail of blood on the back door. Police turned in the evidence and will try to track the suspects once the identifications come back.

BABY, YOU’RE BUMMING ME OUT: A woman said she was naked when at about 5:30 a.m. her boyfriend threw her out of his Marietta Street apartment. She said that eventually her boyfriend let her back inside, but he took her cellphone. The boyfriend was gone by the time police showed up. She wasn’t hurt in any way, police noted. No word on what started the nude dispute.

SPACED-OUT DAD: At around 9:30 a.m., a local dad started his 2006 Honda so he could drive his young daughter to a baby sitter. The 33-year-old dad said he left the car running, the doors unlocked and he walked back inside his house on Utoy Circle. A few minutes later, he walked back outside and — surprise, surprise — his car was gone. The young dad told police that he had $325 cash in the car when it was stolen. At least his daughter wasn’t, right?

ANOTHER STUPID MOVE: A 77-year-old man said he neglected to lock both his green Jaguar and his black Lincoln Town Car as they sat parked in the driveway of his River Forest Road home. Lucky for him, the cars weren’t stolen, but someone did break into the Jag, stealing several items including the forgetful septuagenarian’s Jitterbug cell phone.

BIPOLAR + ROAD RAGE? A 33-year-old man was getting off of I-75/85 onto the 17th Street bridge when he noticed in his rearview mirror that the driver behind him — behind the wheel of a Toyota — was flailing and making obscene gestures. When he pulled up alongside the Toyota to ask what the driver’s problem was, the man reportedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at him. The traffic light changed, and both cars turned left onto 17th Street. A few minutes later, the cars stopped alongside each other again. This time, the gun-wielding man in the Toyota had a much better attitude. According to the other driver, the Toyota’s owner suggested that they work everything out and not get police involved. The Toyota driver is described as a man in his 50s with a strong Southern accent. His car had a courier service sign on the door.

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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