The Blotter 

Absurd crimes from the local police files.

Shaping up for the new year: Police were called January 15th to a business on Pilot Dr. after an employee stole about $3,500 worth of T-shirts and jogging pants. The business learned of the thefts through an informant and the employee later confessed.

Could it be karma? Officers responded to a shots-fired call early on the morning of January 17th on Canada Road. A man had been in the parking lot of the Factory Outlet Mall when he spotted three deer nearby. Naturally, he pulled his hunting rifle out of his truck and shot the deer. Then, as he was putting the rifle back into the truck, it went off, hitting him in the forearm. The man attempted to hide the rifle in a friend's car at UPS on Brunswick and called 911. The game warden seized the rifle; the man went to the Med.

Bring the money or the radio gets it: On January 15th, police responded to a company that had previously lost one of its two-way radios. On that day, however, a male voice came over the radio and said to bring $50 to the corner of Hudson and Powell and he would give the radio back. The victim showed up with the money and the man grabbed it and ran. Later, the suspect continued using the radio, attempting to get more money for the radio. A similar report, taken over a stolen cell phone earlier in the week, was believed to involve the same suspect.

Wouldn't getting a jump have been easier? And more legal? A woman called police on January 18th because an unknown suspect broke out the window of her gray Honda Accord. The suspect then popped the car's hood and stole the battery.

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