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Bizarre crimes from Atlanta police reports

Cowgirl blues, police posers and more

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A 27-year-old woman is accused of attempting to steal cowboy boots and tank tops from an Old Navy store in Buckhead. A security guard said the woman tried to hide the boots and tank tops in her purse. According to the police report, the woman is now banned "from all Old Navy clothing stores." She went to jail on a shoplifting charge.

CREEPY HOUSE: A 24-year-old woman called police last month and said someone robbed her home on Stanton Road. An officer arrived to get more details. The woman said her neighbor spotted a man leaving her home, pushing a Herby Curby with a television on top. The neighbor called the man's name and asked, "What the hell are you doing?" The man reportedly ignored the neighbor and kept going. The neighbor called the 24-year-old woman, who returned home quickly.

She said her back door was wide open and the house was ransacked with bagged items thrown everywhere. Items reported missing include: the stove, refrigerator, two televisions and the kitchen sink. The officer wrote: "I dusted both doors and the point of entry by the suspect, but no prints were found. In the process of dusting in unbearable conditions (bugs, pet droppings, etc.), I ruined my fingerprint brush on some still water, which was on several items inside the house." Nothing further.

TRAVEL WOES: Three men, who live together at home on West Paces Ferry Road, planned to go on trip together. (They are a 38-year-old man, a 32-year-old man and an 18-year-old man.) Apparently, they all went to a location on DeKalb Avenue and put their luggage into the 38-year-old man's SUV around 4 a.m. The 38-year-old man said he returned to the SUV about a half-hour later and noticed that the lock on the driver's door was damaged, the hood was open and all their luggage was missing. He said as he was calling police, someone in a black truck drove by and yelled, "Fuck you!"

Police arrived and lifted fingerprints from the 38-year-old man's SUV. The men reported their stolen luggage contained the following items: clothing, a laptop and one man's gold wedding band. (The Blotter Diva must ask: Who packs a wedding band inside luggage for a trip?)

STRANGE DUDES: Around 5:30 p.m., an anonymous caller phoned 911 and said two men in a black car were approaching children at a gas station on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard. Officers rushed to the scene, and saw two men exiting a black car and walking into the gas station. "The males advised that they were uniform apparel salesman and that they were in the area to meet with a customer," an officer wrote. Police detained the men and searched them. "The males had a large amount of cash in their pockets," the officer noted. "The vehicle had numerous scratches and markings on it that had sexual (glory hole written above the driver's side door) and racial markings (white power written on the driver's side by the hood, a swastika symbol on the hood.)"

The men were hesitant to let police search their car. "Due to the large amount of money, and it being a high drug area, we requested a Police K-9 unit," the officer wrote. The suspects are a 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old man, both from Kennesaw.

During the wait, a woman walked up to police and said she had seen the men at the gas station numerous times wearing police badges around their neck. Police dogs arrived and got a hit on the car. "The doors were already unlocked so we conducted a search of the car to find the suspected drugs that the dogs got a hit on. None were found, but there was a small residue of suspected marijuana in the door jam."

An officer reviewed surveillance tape from the gas station. It showed "that a child had walked by the vehicle and exchanged words with the listed suspects. The males advised that he had just told them they had scratches on their vehicle and they acknowledged it. The kid verified the same thing." Also, the anonymous caller refused to cooperate any further, so police had to let the men go. "The males were released and their vehicle returned to them."

Blue light Special: Around 10:45 p.m., an officer spotted an unauthorized car with red-and-white flashing lights on the dash at the intersection of Chattahoochee Avenue and Carroll Drive. The officer looked inside the car and saw a man "with an embroidered shirt that said Georgia Patrol ... a police-like utility belt ... and a Glock 9mm gun on his right side, in the open." The officer detained the man, who showed his "badge" that read "Georgia Traffic Trooper Ga." Also, the man had an ID card that read "Georgia Traffic Uniform Patrol Officer." The man said he was working — watching another man's signs as they were placed on the side of the road — and that's why he was flashing his lights. The officer took the man to jail.

GOVERNMENT SHIPMENT? Two assault rifles were reported stolen from the south terminal baggage claim at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. According to the police report, the weapons came from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta — and the two rifles belonged to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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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