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Bizarre crimes from Atlanta police reports

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THROWING MONEY AROUND: A 19-year-old woman from Rex said she went through a toll booth on Ga. 400 one evening. She said her passenger (a 19-year-old man) got out of the car, put 50 cents in the toll basket and they drove on. A little farther down the road, the male passenger “noticed that the $7,649 was missing, so they got off at Exit 4/Glenridge Connector and turned around and went back to the toll booth,” an officer wrote. According to a toll-booth employee, a woman in a white car said there was money on the ground — and she showed him the money and drove away. He said, “some of the money was in one pile and that some more of the money was blowing around and that he picked up some of the money, but the female never gave him any money. [He] then turned the money in to his boss.”
The woman got $4,520 back — but she’s still missing $3,129. An officer wrote, “When I asked if they could review the security camera [a manager] stated that he was unable to review then and they would have to wait til the day shift manager came in.”

FEELING CHEEKY: Around 11:30 p.m., an officer reported a woman “walking on the sidewalk with her naked buttocks clearing showing to all passers-by” on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard. “As I was getting out of my car, the female pulled her bottoms down and asked me if there was a problem with her showing her ass as she walked.” The officer charged the 42-year-old woman with public indecency and took her to jail.    

APRIL SHOWER FLOWERS: Around 2:30 a.m. in Buckhead, a 21-year-old man was “urinating into a large flower pot that was on the sidewalk,” an officer wrote. He was arrested for public urination.

SPRING FEVER? A man said during the past week, someone stole trees, bushes and tulips from his yard on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard. Two Japanese maples, a rosebush and 30 tulips are missing, he said, and the landscaping cost him about $250. He said the alleged thefts happen between midnight and 10 a.m.

FINE DAY, INDEED: A woman said someone cut her tree down at a home she owns on Boulevard Drive. (She doesn’t live there; she lives in Peachtree City.) She said she called the permit department at Atlanta City Hall and “they stated that no permit was given to have the tree cut down,” an officer wrote. Apparently, the woman’s back deck was damaged while the tree was being cut down. “The wooden floor boards to the deck were broke and tree limbs were in the holes of the floor,” an officer wrote. “The tree that was cut down was left in pieces in the [woman’s] front yard.”
    The woman said the city permit department told her to get a police report. “She was also told that if the tree was left on the property, she could be given a fine.”

HOSPITAL FETISH? Around 3:20 a.m. at Grady Memorial Hospital, a security guard called police and said a woman was refusing to leave a restricted area of the hospital. According to the security guard, this same woman previously has been warned 27 times to stay away from Grady Hospital. Police charged the woman, age 54, with trespassing and took her to jail.

A TAD PARANOID? An officer reported a man “walking southbound very fast, looking behind him every couple of seconds. As I passed him, he abruptly stopped, hesitated, as if about to change direction, then continued walking on Lake Avenue.” The officer stopped the man and talked to him. According to the officer, the man got irate and aggressive. He reportedly said, “Here’s $2 dollars! You want money, don’t you!” The man didn’t give his name or ID. He went to jail on a disorderly conduct charge.

ROUGH NIGHT IN BUCKHEAD: A 33-year-old man said he went to a Buckhead bar and left very intoxicated in a taxi around 2 a.m. “[He] said he does not remember much from there, but he woke up the next morning in his bed,” an officer wrote. He later realized two of his ATM cards were missing. He believes during his taxi ride he must have gone to an ATM and that’s when something must have happened to his cards. On his Bank of America card, there were 15 charges, including nine separate charges at Wal-Mart totaling more than $1,332. Also, he said there was suspicious activity on his Goldman Sachs card, which does not belong to him. Charges included a Wal-Mart in Atlanta (more than $3,054), a Wal-Mart in Lithonia (more than $1,095), a Wal-Mart in Union City (more than $1,213), Wal-Mart in College Park (more than $957), and Wal-Mart in Lithia Springs ($3,245).

BAD MOTHER’S DAY
: An 18-year-old youth said he returned home around 12:30 p.m. and his mother was there, smoking crack with her friends. “She told him to go to his room and get some sleep,” an officer wrote. The son said his mother woke him up around 4 a.m. to use his phone, but his phone wasn’t working so he went back to sleep. He said when he woke up around 10 a.m., his wallet and the clothes he was wearing the night before were gone. His mother refused to cooperate with police.

TAINTED BY SPRAY-PAINT
: A 32-year-old woman said someone spray-painted the letters “YRF” on the hood of her 2009 silver Pontiac Grand Prix. She said “YRF” was also spray-painted on her apartment building on Allen Temple Court. She has no idea who would do this to her.

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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