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The owner of a car-detailing shop on Northside Drive said someone stole two suits of armor, which had been secured to posts outside his store. The owner, a 37-year-old man, said he had some suspects in mind, but he isn't sure who to accuse. He also said he found some footprints on the roof of his store, "which he wanted me to photograph and make plaster copies of," wrote the reporting officer. The suits of armor were 7 feet tall and worth $200 each.

At an apartment on Archer Way, a 26-year-old woman said her possessive live-in boyfriend punched her in the eye. "He did so because he was mad at her for getting a new haircut," wrote the officer. They have two children together. She said she didn't expect him to come back. She refused medical treatment for her swollen eye.

A 37-year-old woman who works at the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services on Fairburn Road received threatening phone calls. She said the calls were from the twentysomething girlfriend of one of her teenage clients. The caller said, "You can suck the juice out of my fat yellow ass and I'm going to kill you, bitch." Police advised her to get a warrant.

At a department store at Lenox Square mall, a security guard saw a bald man in a turquoise coat put seven wallets in his jacket and leave the store. The guard stopped the man, who was charged with shoplifting. An officer read the man his Miranda rights. The man, age 44, said he understood those rights and wanted to make a statement. He said, "I'm on crack cocaine and I had a hit about two hours ago. I'm tired and want help. I'm glad I got caught because I even took from my sister."

On Oakland Drive, a 45-year-old man and his female roommate got into an argument about bug spray. The man said the roommate yelled at him for spraying her room. Then, she grabbed a steak knife from the kitchen and pointed the knife at him. He ran out of the house and called police. The female roommate, age 44, was arrested.

A 41-year-old man said another man threw a scooter through the window of his white Chevy Astrovan on Parkway Drive and North Avenue.

At a radio station on Peachtree Street, a 41-year-old female employee said the station has received threatening phone calls since the beginning of October. The male caller says, "Y'all better stop playing that fucking music." The man calls so frequently that his phone number and voice are recognizable to the staff. No suspects.

A 71-year-old man arrived at his home on Woods Drive and found a man known as "Alabama" in his house. Alabama is a cockeyed, middle-aged man with missing teeth. Alabama wore a green army jacket and black boots. The 71-year-old grabbed his shotgun and asked Alabama how he got in the house. (Alabama had pried the burglar bars off a window.) Alabama raised his hands, shouted, "Don't shoot" and walked toward the 71-year-old. The 71-year-old fired a shot at Alabama. Alabama ran past him, jumped through a window, darted through the yard and disappeared in a wooded area. The 71-year-old said the only item missing was his new phone. He said he and his neighbors have been plagued by Alabama stealing from them and breaking into their sheds, homes and cars. Police searched for Alabama, but didn't find him.

A 54-year-old woman said someone broke into a railroad car on Boulevard and took 130 cases of frozen fish (worth $4,200). The officer noted that the thief had to move a heavy iron ramp and cut a lock to get to the frozen fish.

At Hartsfield Airport, a 32-year-old man told police that he was standing at an airport gate when a 24-year-old man approached him and called him "Skippy." The 32-year-old stated his name (which isn't Skippy). According to the 32-year-old, the other man said, "Don't worry about your name, I can beat you up." Then, the other man grabbed the 32-year-old's neck.

But the younger man denied ever touching the 32-year-old. He said all he did was talk. There was no redness on the 32-year-old's neck, and a witness corroborated the younger man's story. No charges were filed.

At a beauty salon on Bankhead Highway, a 23-year-old woman and a 41-year-old woman got into a fight over who was first in line to get under the hair dryer. The 41-year-old lunged after the younger woman and scratched her face. The 41-year-old was charged with simple battery. According to the police report, the relationship between the two women is landlord/tenant, although it is unclear which one is the landlord.

A 33-year-old man was cleaning his car at his mother's house on Graymont Drive. His wife, age 40, arrived and said he was dumb and her boyfriend was better. The 33-year-old went into the house, and his wife drove away. The couple is currently separated, pending divorce. The 33-year-old was previously ordered to stay away from his wife.

At a restaurant on North Avenue, a 71-year-old woman was sitting on the toilet. She heard a noise. She looked up and her billfold had vanished from the toilet-paper dispenser. She ran out of her stall. No one was there. She said a man spoke to her just before her billfold was missing. No witnesses. The wallet contained $30.

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



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