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A 52-year-old man on Paran Ridge Road said a woman who lived across the street came over and knocked on his door. She held up a camera and said, "Your dog was in my yard again and I took pictures." The 52-year-old man said he didn't know what she was talking about, since his dog was sitting right there. He asked the woman to leave his property. Then, she smacked the 52-year-old's glasses off his face. One of the handles on his glasses broke in the process. She then asked, "What are you going to do now?"

The 52-year-old went inside and called 911. When he went back outside, she was gone. The 52-year-old told police that the woman moved in a few months ago and he didn't know what her problem was. Police were unable to locate the woman.

An officer saw a 48-year-old man going into the bushes near a parking lot at Walton and Spring streets. The man looked at the officer and quickly walked away. He then approached a car on Nassau Street. The officer checked the bushes and found two bags containing 300-400 pictures of Lil Bow Wow, who was playing a concert at a nearby arena. The officer spoke with the 48-year-old, who said, "Those aren't mine."

The 48-year-old said he was just asking the man in the car for some change, and that he was just coming from work at the CNN Center. He said he just put his belongings in the bushes while he went to work at 8 a.m. in the morning. The officer arrested the man. During arrest, the man used loud profanity in the presence of young children who were coming out of the concert.

At 8:29 p.m., a small brown box that appeared suspicious was reported to an off-duty officer at the Fox Theatre. Police blocked off pedestrian traffic and one lane on Peachtree Road. A SWAT team photographed and X-rayed the suspicious package. The SWAT team determined that it was safe to open the package. The package contained one small bag of Royal Cup coffee beans (dark roasted, caffeinated) that was supposed to be delivered to the usher coordinator at the Fox. No injuries.

A 69-year-old woman said when she is not home, someone enters her apartment on Westlake Avenue and vandalizes it. The woman said the person put holes in her underwear and pantyhose. Also, she said, the person dumped water from her iron onto the kitchen floor, broke her VCR, "knubbed up" her suits and took the blue puck out of her toilet and put it on the floor. The woman said this began in December 2001, after she broke up with a man who lives in a nearby apartment. Police spoke with the man, who said he didn't have a key to her apartment and had nothing to do with the incident.

A 31-year-old woman fell asleep at the bus stop on Parkway Drive and North Avenue. Someone poured beer and water on her to wake her up. Once awake, she realized that someone stole her bag of clothes and $30. The woman said she is homeless and knows the suspects only by the street names "Mucho," "Fatboy" and "Bo-legs" because she sees them frequently. The woman couldn't give physical descriptions of the men to police.

A 19-year-old woman was walking to a store on Oak Street when she saw a man she once dated. He was driving a red Toyota. They started chatting in a parking lot. He asked what she was doing now. She said that she worked. He said she must have some money on her. He grabbed her purse and started driving through the parking lot. He yelled at her and dumped the contents of the purse out the window. A few minutes later, he tossed the entire purse out the window and drove away. As the woman picked up her stuff from the ground, she realized her wallet was missing, along with $80.

A 29-year-old woman went to the Sex Crimes office and wanted to file a police report. She said two men possibly drugged her, and they may have done something to her. The reporting officer noted, "She does not know if anything happened but she has had visions." There was no evidence of any kind that indicated a crime was committed. She gave the officers the names of the two men.

At a mall on Peachtree Street, a 29-year-old female employee of a shoe store received a threatening call on her voice mail. The caller said on Sept. 11, she had better leave Atlanta or he is going to make Newsweek and Time magazine. The caller threatened to come into the store and get her and no one would stop him. He called three times. The woman said the caller's voice was similar to a man who was recently fired from the shoe store. On several occasions, she saw the man hanging around the mall, while she jogs at lunchtime.

A security guard said a 46-year-old man with long gray hair was asked to leave Grady Hospital because he was wandering around without permission. Later that day, security realized that the 46-year-old man had returned to the hospital -- wearing only his underwear. Police were called. The officer asked the 46-year-old for ID. The 46-year-old told the officer to look in his bag. The officer checked the man's bag and saw the 46-year-old's wallet, along with two other wallets that belonged to other people. The 46-year-old went to jail.

All items in The Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports and are public record.

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