The Blotter 

True stories from the local police files.

Just another hard worker in a sagging economy? On May 25th, a downtown plainclothes officer ticketed a man for several counts of panhandling. "The suspect has had numerous complaints regarding him posing as a Salvation Army employee in the downtown area and collecting hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars. The suspect wears a full red-and-white uniform with a hat, pins, and shoulder tabs" but is not an employee or representative of the Salvation Army. During this incident, he was in front of The Peabody, flagging down pedestrians and saying, "I'm with the Salvation Army, and I'm collecting money today that will only be used for children." The suspect was taken to 201 Poplar and his uniform and the laminated false ID he wore were tagged as evidence.

Well, if a little girl said it: On May 27th, a man on Chambers Chapel Road caught two men pumping gasoline from his trucks into their red Camaro. When confronted, the suspects said "a little girl told them they could have some gas."

Tricky, but not tricky enough: A woman on Enterprise called police after a man told her he was a police officer. He said that he had a female in custody for trying to use the woman's bank card, but he needed the card's PIN number to complete his "investigation." When the woman told him she was going to verify that with another officer, the man hung up.

Some things you should leave at home: A woman and her boyfriend stopped at a gas station on Brooks Road. While the woman was inside, she heard a loud pop. She went back to the vehicle and found her boyfriend had shot himself in the leg with her gun. The boyfriend told officers that he was straightening things on the car floor. "He saw the gun and placed the gun in his lap and continued to straighten his belongings at which time the gun went off." n

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