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IN SEPTEMBER 2005, a middle-aged man walked into the Atlanta Police Department's Major Fraud office. The man said 264 songs were stolen from his Atlanta apartment in 1993. The man said he wrote the songs and someone broke into his apartment and stole the songs 12 years ago during August or September. Several songs became hits, the man said, adding that he didn't file a police report in 1993 because he was scared of the police and had trouble in his previous marriage. Now, he wants a police report.

The man said he copyrighted the songs before they were stolen and he has contacted the copyright office. He said the copyright office had trouble finding the 264 songs, but was investigating the matter. Atlanta police advised the man about the statute of limitations concerning burglaries. The man said he understood but needed a report anyway.

AT GREENBRIAR MALL, an employee of a tire-service shop called 911 to report an irate customer. This customer, a 27-year-old woman, was unhappy about how long it was taking to replace a tire on her car. The customer snatched her car keys from the employee. The employee took back the keys and some paperwork. Then, the customer took her baby's milk bottle and threw it at the employee. The bottle struck a wall, spilling milk on the employee and the countertop.

Police arrived. According to the police report, the customer "would not stop yelling and cursing." She was charged with disorderly conduct and taken to jail. Her child and her car were released to her husband.

ON NORTH AVENUE, a woman wasn't wearing any pants. She was sitting on the front porch of a house. An officer arrived and asked, Why do you have your pants off? The woman said her legs were itching, so she had to relieve herself. The woman, age 42 and homeless, went to jail.

AN 18-YEAR-OLD WOMAN called the Atlanta Police Department to report identity fraud. She said someone used her identity to apply for a job at the Target on Peachtree Street. Her high school diploma, her Social Security number, her date of birth, and her home telephone number were all used for the job application. (The 18-year-old called police from her home in Indiana; she has never lived in Atlanta.)

She was alerted to the situation when she got a call from the Target store manager, who said she had left some car-rental paperwork at the interview office. The job interview was videotaped, and the applicant was visible on tape. The investigation continues.

AT A MIDDLE SCHOOL ON VIRGINIA AVENUE, several teachers received mail "from someone who is not pleased with the gay and/or lesbian lifestyle," an officer wrote. "The literature received [was] in scripture form to include pamphlets and in some cases, a Bible. Some of the pamphlets which were written on stated 'Being Gay is wrong, etc.' At least eight teachers received these mailings."

A MAN PARKED HIS CAR at Chastain Park, on Wieuca Road. When he returned, the front window was broken. Nothing was stolen from the car. But there was a pair of blue Nike shorts in the passenger seat that didn't belong to the man. The shorts were turned in as evidence.

AROUND 5:30 A.M., a security guard on Chattahoochee Avenue saw a woman acting strange. He asked her to leave. The woman started babbling incoherently, and she told the guard to "take your best shot." Then, the woman started jumping up and down and shaking uncontrollably. The guard called police.

An officer arrived -- and the woman was still jumping up and down and screaming incoherently. The officer asked, What are you doing? Mumbling, the woman said something about cleaning the floor and she didn't know how she got there. Then, the woman said the officer should search the car to find evidence of the crimes committed against her. The officer asked, Which car should I search? The woman got mad and refused to cooperate. She said she smoked crack not long before police arrived. The woman, age 36, went to jail.

A BUCKHEAD MAN got a letter in the mail. The letter read: "My now ex-boyfriend took $10,000 in cash from somebody to have you taken out. He hired people to stake out your house, and they are planning now. I have a conscience." The man believes the letter was sent by people he is suing. No further information.

A CAR was going the wrong way on a one-way street (Ormond Street). An officer stopped the car and spoke with the driver, a 37-year-old man from Cleveland, Ohio. His driver's license was suspended. The officer asked how much he had to drink. Two beers, the driver said. The officer asked if he would perform some sobriety tests. Yes, the driver said. The officer asked him to recite the alphabet. "Yes. F. F is for fuck you," the driver said. "I ain't doing this shit," the driver said. The driver used racial slurs and screamed. Also, the driver said his cousin was a Fulton County sheriff and he would slap the officer when he saw him. After a struggle, the driver was arrested.

A NORCROSS WOMAN was in her car at the intersection of North Avenue and West Peachtree Street. She honked her horn at a blue car. The driver of the blue car stopped, got out of his car and walked over to her car. Then, the driver punched her car, causing a dent.

The driver got back in his car and sped away. He is described as a fat man, weighing about 300 pounds.

A 41-YEAR-OLD WOMAN went out of town for a whole week. Before leaving, she put her purse under the passenger seat of her car, which was parked on Greencove Lane. When she got back, the purse was gone. Her purse contained her birth certificate, driver's license, checks, Social Security card -- and one ring featuring a gold panda bear.

All 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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