The Blotter 

True stories from the local police files.

Motivated self-starter seeks cashier position: On March 10th, police were called to investigate suspicious activity at the corner of Peabody Place and November 6th Street. Plainclothes officers watched the suspect -- dressed in an All Right Parking shirt and a badge that said Tennessee Valley Training Center -- collecting money from citizens parking their cars. He told officers he had gotten the shirt from charity.

Taking a gamble on crime: Officers responded to a complaint call March 9th after the owner of a store on Park Ave. returned from an errand to find her store closed. She had left an employee to mind the store while she went to the bank but quickly realized she was $1,800 short and returned. While looking for the cash, she noticed $5,100 worth of Tennessee lottery tickets had been stolen. If the thief's odds are 2-to-1, she should net about $2,550 from the tickets.

And he always says please and thank you: A woman called police this week after she suspected an accountant working at a downtown law firm had embezzled money. The suspect took the money home and when she brought it back it was about $1,000 short. The suspect said the money was in an envelope in her car and that someone must have stolen the $1,000 and left the rest of the money behind. The woman, however, took a look at the envelope and said the thief must be nice since he sealed the envelope after taking a fifth of the money inside.

-- Compiled by Mary Cashiola

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