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A 21-year-old woman said her boyfriend slapped and punched her in the face, and then stole $120 from her so he could pay his probation fees. The money was stuck down her baby carriage. The baby was in the carriage when the theft occurred.

A man in jeans and a blue shirt walked into a grocery store on Piedmont Avenue and stole 10 bottles of bug repellent. He fled in a waiting Honda Accord.

A 19-year-old man was walking around, trying to find a pawn shop near Trinity Avenue and Broad Street. Another man in a denim shirt and jeans approached him and asked if he wanted to buy some crack. No, said the 19-year-old. The other man threw him to the ground and choked him. Then, the man stole $50 cash and a wedding ring from the 19-year-old.

At a local nightclub, a 27-year-old woman from Tampa, Fla., and her female friend met a group of five men. The men, who hail from Illinois, asked the women to party with them at their hotel room on Sydney Marcus Drive. Both women said they went to the hotel, partied with the men and had sex. Later, the Tampa woman and her friend were on the hotel elevator, preparing to leave the hotel. One of the men they had just partied with, a 22-year-old from Chicago, got onto the elevator with them. He snatched the Tampa woman's purse. She said others helped him.

Police spoke with the group of men. They all said the women fabricated the story. But items from the woman's purse were found in their hotel room, on a table: a package of feminine napkins and a tube of KY Jelly. The officer arrested the 22-year-old man for robbery. Then, the 22-year-old apologized to the Tampa woman. The 22-year-old told his tour manager where the purse was hidden. The tour manager brought the purse to the hotel lobby. The woman said all contents were in her purse except for $600 cash. She told the tour manager that if she received the $600, she would be happy and wouldn't press charges. She then told the officer she would contact him and make a statement later. The 22-year-old purse- snatcher went to jail.

A 74-year-old woman on Peyton Place said an unknown middle-aged woman came to her house, in search of her lost dog. The woman believed the 74-year-old woman was hiding her dog. The woman searched the 74-year-old's property, but didn't find her dog. Then, she threw rocks at the 74-year-old's windows, breaking them. She fled on foot.

A 55-year-old man was in his apartment on Hilliard Street, watching TV with his girlfriend. Suddenly, a neighbor busted into their front door. "What are you doing?" the couple asked. According to the girlfriend, the neighbor pushed her, and her boyfriend cut the neighbor's throat with a box cutter. Then, the boyfriend realized that the neighbor was running from a pitbull dog. He tried to get the neighbor to stay in the apartment, but the neighbor left.

The neighbor said he was standing in the apartment courtyard when a pitbull started chasing him. The only thing he could think to do was run into an apartment. He said when the dog finally passed, he started to leave the apartment, but noticed blood dripping from his neck. He said the boyfriend tried to keep him inside to prevent the dog from biting him. Neither the boyfriend nor the neighbor wanted to press charges. The neighbor, a 25-year-old man, was treated for a minor cut on his throat.

A 27-year-old woman was eating chicken wings at a blues club in Underground Atlanta. Her ex-boyfriend came into the club, grabbed her by the arm, and threw blue cheese dressing in her face. She broke up with him several months ago.

A 30-year-old man was driving his Toyota Corolla down Jonesboro Road. An unknown man asked him for a ride to work. The 30-year-old refused to give him a ride. So the man got angry and struck the hood of the Corolla with a vacuum cleaner. The hood received about $600 worth of damage.

A Marietta woman said she and her friends were in her car, driving north on Peachtree Road at about 3:40 a.m. A bald man (whom she met at a nightclub) pulled alongside her in a Chevy Tahoe. The bald man pulled out a gun and fired several shots into the air. She said one shot broke her car window. She only knew the man's first name, but was able to give police his telephone number.

A 57-year-old woman said her son, age 32, stole her computer from her apartment on Leonardo Drive and sold it to a nightclub owner on Campbellton Road.

A male officer called the number for an escort service listed in a local magazine. A woman answered. The officer said it was his birthday and he was looking for a girl with whom to have sex. The officer said he was at a hotel on Piedmont Road. About an hour later, a 29-year-old woman knocked on the officer's door. She said it would cost $300. The officer said he only had $280. That's enough, said the woman. She told the officer to take off his clothes, and he complied. She removed her clothes, took out a bottle of personal lubricant, and told the officer to get in bed. At this point, the Vice Unit takedown team entered the hotel room and arrested her for prostitution. The officer wrote, "The bottle of [lubricant] was turned into Atlanta Property Management."

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

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