The Blotter 

True stories from the police files

We're not going to touch this one: Police were called July 15th after three women stole about $800 worth of clothing from an Express store. From the report: "The suspects are known as the 'skirt ladies,' because they have been caught shoplifting before and have been banned from the mall. The complainant had no knowledge of the ban. The complainant observed a suspect with her hand down her skirt. Complainant asked the suspects if they needed any help." The skirt ladies told her no and ran out of the store.

If there's one place you should feel safe : A man told police his pocket had been picked July 14th while standing in line at 201 Poplar. He was waiting to go through security at the county's criminal justice center when someone took his wallet from his back pocket.

Deep breath now, in and out: A man trying to sell a $10,000 sapphire ring through a newspaper ad agreed to meet an interested buyer at St. Francis Hospital. The potential buyer described himself as a doctor and wore blue scrubs and a mask. He asked the seller if he could take the ring and show it to his co-worker. The "doctor" and the ring never returned.

A for knowledge of current events; F for execution: Police responded to a blackmail/extortion complaint July 18th. Two females had called a man and said they were going to accuse him of inappropriate sexual conduct with his students at Wooddale High unless he paid them $20,000. The suspects, however, did not tell the victim how he was supposed to give them the money.

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