The Blotter 

Absurd crimes from the local police files.

Delayed reaction: A woman called police February 10th and reported a robbery and abduction. She told officers that she had been talking on her cell phone in the 3200 block of South Third on November 22nd when a black female got into her car and forced her to drive to North Memphis. The suspect exited the car and took the victim's purse with her. The victim says she spends 24 hours a day with her sick mother and tried to report the offense earlier -- by phone -- but they told her she needed the exact address of the offense. She does not live in Memphis so "two and a half months later the victim drives to the location and calls police for a report."

Clichés come to life: Police were called to an animal injury February 11th after a U.S. mail carrier was bitten by a mixed-breed dog on Harvard. The man was bitten on his left leg as he was attempting to deliver the mail.

But did you see a badge? Two males were approached February 14th in the Greyhound bus station on Union by a man who said he was an undercover police officer. After accusing them of trying to buy alcohol, he took their identification and told them not to leave. They then watched the man walk away. They told the real police that "they were not threatened but that the suspect's mannerisms were forceful and that he did act as if he were talking into a radio." Their wallets and identification were never returned.

-- Compiled by Mary Cashiola

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