The Blotter 

True stories from the local police files.

Are you sure they weren't filming a beer commercial: On June 18th, a woman at Home Depot gave a female a ride to a nearby Burger King. There, the passenger met up with a male and the two tried to scam the Home Depot shopper. The passenger said she had inherited $80,000 but couldn't take it back to Africa with her, so she would give the man $30,000 and the nice woman who had given her a ride $50,000, but only if she would contribute $5,000 first. The victim withdrew $5,000 from her bank and gave it to the female scammer, who wrapped the money in a red do-rag. At this point (at this point!), the victim became suspicious and a struggle ensued. The man grabbed the money and ran off, but the women continued to fight. The victim pulled off the suspect's top and bra. This -- naturally -- caught the attention of a nearby male witness. As the suspects fled in a maroon van, the witness followed them from Poplar to White Station but lost them. The top, bra, and do-rag were filed as evidence.

This week's zany accidental shooting: On June 18th, a woman on Cedarhurst went into her bedroom to get her gun. When she brought it into her living room -- loaded and cocked -- her dog jumped on her. Fido escaped unscathed, but the woman shot herself in the left foot and went to the Med in noncritical condition.

Wait, that won't be gross if you step on it: In a bizarre combo of several old pranks, a couple on Willett was awakened June 20th by a knock on their front door and the ringing of their doorbell. They looked out the window and saw a small fire on their concrete porch. Officers on the scene discovered that the fire was a roll of burning toilet paper.

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