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Bizarre crimes from Atlanta police reports

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IN MIDTOWN, TWO MEN got into a fight over a dog. Police responded and tried to sort out the dogfight between two men, who don't live together. Here are the two men's stories:

A 42-year-old man said he owns the dog, but he wanted to take the dog away from a 53-year-old man's home on Penn Avenue. He also said he keeps some clothes there. But, he said, when he arrived at the 53-year-old man's house, he saw that his clothes were on fire. He said the 53-year-old man rushed toward him and hit him with a shovel, so he left and went to the hospital.

The 53-year-old man's story: He said he and the 42-year-old are friends, but the 42-year-old doesn't take care of the dog. He said the 42-year-old uses him for money, and when he doesn't give him money, he wants the dog back. The 53-year-old said he loves the dog. He was charged with aggravated assault and went to jail.

ON LEE STREET, police responded to a possible bank robbery. Officers took a bald 35-year-old man into custody and found several $100 bills inside a white Mrs. Winners bag. A bank employee IDed this man as the alleged bank robber. He said this man handed him a note that read: "Put $1,000 in the bag." The teller said he grabbed a stack of $100 bills, stuffed it in the Mrs. Winners bag and gave it to him. The total amount recovered from the white Mrs. Winners bag was $1,600.

The suspect decided to talk. He said he intended to rob the bank and he intended to get caught by police. He said he was down on his luck and needed money. The suspect said he was taking some antidepressants and some antipsychotic medications. The officer wrote, "He also went on to say jail was his only choice because society didn't allow him to make money on his own."

A WOMAN WAS PASSED OUT in the driver's seat of a red 2007 Dodge Caliber, with the keys in the ignition, on the emergency shoulder of I-285 North, according to Cobb County police. An Atlanta police officer arrived and took custody of the driver, a 25-year-old Marietta woman. After she failed several field sobriety tests, she was arrested for DUI. The officer checked her purse and found a silver flask containing a liquid. The officer opened the flask and smelled alcohol. Once they got to jail, the woman agreed to a Breathalyzer test and blew about three times the legal limit for blood-alcohol level. Her purse was inventoried again, and police started to take the flask away. "Can I have that back?" the woman asked. "You already have me for DUI, so I might as well finish getting drunk, right?"

A NURSE AT FULTON MEDICAL HOSPITAL said an 84-year-old man with Alzheimer's disease arrived at the hospital showing signs of neglect. According to the police report, "[The elderly man] was wearing blue jeans that were so hard from dried urine they had to be cut off. [The elderly man] was wearing several pairs of socks that had been on for so long, when the nurse took them off, his toenails came off. [The elderly man] was very thin and had what looked like sores all over his lower body." The elderly man's primary caretaker is his 26-year-old daughter, police noted. The officer wrote, "[The daughter] said her father is room-bound and has not eaten in a couple of days. She said he has just been laying in bed." The officer tried to call Adult Protective Services, but it was after hours. A police report was filed.

THE MANAGER OF AN ELDERLY-care HIGH-RISE on Westlake Avenue reported a burglary. A tenant died recently and an announcement was made. After the death announcement, someone apparently broke into the apartment twice and stole a big-screen TV, a stereo and speakers. Police surmised that the perpetrator cut a hole in the drywall of a maintenance closet adjacent to the apartment. Once inside the closet, the perp cut another hole through the drywall and then opened the apartment door from the inside, police noted. Then, the perpetrator apparently covered the hole in the apartment with a magazine picture secured with maple syrup. No suspects.

A MAN said his ex-wife sold their home on Ozark Trail without telling him, or giving him time to move. A police report was filed.

A MAN WAS STABBED and lying on the ground on Auburn Avenue. Bystanders had used napkins to cover the right side of his chest. A police officer arrived and talked to the stabbing suspect, a gray-haired 65-year-old man. The officer asked: "What happened?" "I did nothing," the man replied. The officer asked again: "What happened?" The man replied, "He tried to take my liquor away from [sic]. And I wasn't going [sic] him take it from me!" A bystander gave the officer a knife that was allegedly used in the attack. Then the 65-year-old suspect said, "I stabbed him because he tried to take my liquor and I'm not going to have anyone fuck with my shit!" He went to jail. The stabbing victim was hospitalized in serious but stable condition, with a punctured lung.

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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