The Blotter 

True stories from the local police files.

Hooked on reality TV: On April 24th, a man on Looney called police when he noticed he was being burglarized. He was sitting in his kitchen that morning watching video feed from the cameras he had set up all around his house when he noticed a man on one of the monitors with items in his hand. "He hollered out the window and told the suspect to come back because he had jumped the fence." Surprisingly, he did come back and the resident detained him until the police arrived.

Hooked on reality TV, part two: A woman called police after she and her husband were driving near Poplar and Hollywood and got into a strange situation. An older man in a black Toyota Corolla first tried to run them off the road, then pulled beside them and in front of them "and started to videotape the activity." The man did not issue any threats and the woman told police she had no idea why he was videotaping them.

Are four people really a "party"? Police responded April 25th to a theft on Countryside. The victim told them that while he was out of town, various jewelry and other items were taken. "There was no evidence of a burglary, but the victim's son had a party on Friday 4-23-04. Besides the victim's son, there were just three other people in the house while the victim was away."

Just like Minority Report: On April 23rd, a school bus driver realized her purse, which had been sitting behind her seat, was missing. After she finished her route, she returned to a house where a set of twins live "because she believed that if anything happened on the bus, the twins would have knowledge." Sure enough, one of the twins told her someone had looked into the purse and a suspect was picked up and taken to Juvenile Court.

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