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An officer saw a suspicious man walking out of a residential yard with a large flower in his hand. The officer asked the man, age 38 with a crew cut, to come to the patrol car. The man asked the officer not to take him to jail. He said he had planned to sell the flower so he could buy some crack, but he would return it to the yard. After returning the flower, the man was arrested for theft.

A 28-year-old woman on Maynard Court had large knots on her face and forehead. She said her boyfriend hit her and got angry with her because she was in her room with a T-shirt on, and the bedroom door was open. She refused an ambulance. The boyfriend said they fought because his girlfriend got smart with him after he confronted her about lying in the bed with the door wide open. He said she wore nothing but a T-shirt and she had her legs wide open. The boyfriend said a male friend was taking a bath in the bathroom, and he could see into the bedroom. The boyfriend went to jail.

A 55-year-old man said he parked his car on Cascade Avenue and someone broke the window while he was gone. He reported the following items missing from his car: $2,000 cash, a digital camera ($1,200) and a camcorder ($799).

A 40-year-old woman entered a middle school on Anderson Avenue and spoke very loudly and used profanity in front of staff and students. She called the principal a "low-down dirty bitch," adding that the principal couldn't tell her how to talk. When asked to restrain from profanity, the woman pointed her finger in the principal's face and said she was 40 years old and she did not give a damn. She received tickets for profanity and disrupting a public school.

A 53-year-old woman parked her red Volvo at a school on Bankhead Highway. When she returned to her car, she found scratches all over the car, and white residue on the seams of the car.

An officer responded to a call about a man locked in a restaurant on Estoria Street. Upon arrival, the officer saw a 23-year-old man standing in the restaurant. The man said he used the restaurant bathroom, and when he was finished, he discovered that he was locked inside. The officer told him to call some of the employee telephone numbers, which were listed on a wall. While drinking an Amstel Light, the 23-year-old man answered the phone and said a female employee was on her way to unlock the door. When the female employee arrived, she did not want the man arrested.

A 50-year-old man rents a room from a woman on 2nd Avenue. The 50-year-old had a friend over, and a dispute broke out concerning the weather outside. The friend, a man with a thick mustache, became irate because it was raining outside. The 50-year-old asked the friend to leave because other company was coming over. Once outside, the friend tossed a brick through the glass front door.

A 22-year-old woman on Wilkes Circle said her 25-year-old female cousin poured lighter fluid on her. Then, her other cousin, a 30-year-old woman, bit her left arm and scratched her chest. Both cousins fled before police arrived.

A 51-year-old woman allowed a male friend to enter her apartment on Ponce de Leon Avenue while she was cleaning it. The man took a can of beer from her refrigerator without her permission. He left. She went to his apartment on Ponce de Leon Avenue to get her beer back. He opened the door, cussed at her, grabbed a beer from his refrigerator and threw it at her. The beer hit her left leg. She wasn't hurt.

At a convenience store on Jonesboro Road, a 25-year-old female employee allowed her boyfriend to load up four boxes from a rear cooler into his car. The entire incident was captured on videotape. The manager confronted the female employee. She said she needed the beer for Sunday.

Two officers investigated a series of burglaries around Campbellton Road. They interviewed a man, who said police could verify that he did yard work and his tools were at his uncle's house on Blanton Avenue. Police went to the uncle's house and found two stolen cars there. A box with 20 drying marijuana buds was on one car. Police noticed surveillance cameras at the front door and porch. The officers knocked on the door, but no one answered. Then, they heard a breaking sound and found a fresh trail leading into the woods. Now, the door was wide open. Inside, the officers saw uprooted marijuana plants.

After obtaining a search warrant, they entered the house. "Suspected marijuana, both living plants and drying leaves, were on every surface of the kitchen, as well as loose marijuana in the drawers." A novelty grenade was in the living room, and a ballistic vest was found in the bedroom closet. The doorway of another room was covered in black plastic, and a ventilation hose ran from the room. The room was filled with suspected marijuana plants that looked sick.

Eventually, the cops left and set up a stakeout across the street. The suspect came back, and police arrested the 32-year-old man in a button-down shirt and brown pants.

All items in The Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports and are public record.

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