A THIN WOMAN walked into a check-cashing business on Forsyth Street. She took off her top and exposed her breasts to customers. Then, she took off her pants and urinated in the lobby. Employees asked her to leave, but she refused. So police were called. The woman refused to give her name, so she was listed as "Jane Doe" and arrested for public indecency and trespassing.
Jane Doe's belongings were turned in to police property. They included a stuffed doll and some deodorant.
A 27-YEAR-OLD MAN was walking down Fair Street when a pony-tailed woman nicknamed "Punkin" came up to him. (Punkin wore pink slippers.) Punkin said the man was trying to call off their relationship. The man told her that they were never in a relationship. After hearing that, Punkin hit the man's head with a bottle. His left eyebrow was cut, so he went to Emory Crawford Long Hospital for stitches.
Punkin has a tattoo of "Thug Life" on her left arm.
A DISPUTE BROKE OUT at a gas station on Spring Street. A store clerk said a man walked in and picked up a bag of potato chips. He stood by the entrance and got loud and boisterous. He said, "Why the hell are you looking at me. I'll punch you in the face" and "Fuck you." He dropped the chips and continued his tirade. Eventually, the man left, but police were en route. They found the man walking down Courtland Street. "I did it, I was hungry. I beat all their asses," the man said.
The man was jailed for disorderly conduct. His bag was turned in to police property. It contained seven boxes of crayons. The man is 45 years old.
AT PEACHTREE CENTER MALL, a man walked into a bank and presented 20 American Express Traveler's Checks (worth $500 each) and four "international money orders" for $15,000. He deposited them in his personal checking account and asked the bank teller how much money was available for immediate withdrawal. The man said "other banks" would make 20 percent to 25 percent of the money available immediately.
The bank teller checked the man's account and noticed three large deposits and three large wire transfers within three consecutive months. So he went to his supervisor. The supervisor figured out that the traveler's checks were fake. (American Express does not issue traveler's checks in $500 denominations.) Police arrived. The man was read his Miranda rights, and he agreed to talk to police.
The man said he'd traveled the world and met people who couldn't invest their own money, so he took their money and invested it here and returned it to them. The man said he has been "working" with the Secret Service on a "sting" operation. He named a specific Secret Service agent. The police officer called that agent, who said he knew the man. The agent said he spoke to and exchanged e-mails with the man regarding some checks the man had received from outside the country. The agent had told the man that the checks were likely counterfeit. The man had offered to set up a "sting" operation where he traveled to West Africa and set up the criminal.
But the fraudulent deposits started after the man spoke to the agent. Also, the man was in possession of $20 million in counterfeit cashier's checks. Because the agent had told the man that this was a common scam -- not to mention illegal -- the man was arrested for forgery and theft.
IN MIDTOWN, an officer saw a man standing on the sidewalk at the intersection of Cypress and 7th streets. The man pulled down his pants, exposing himself to a passing car. The officer asked, "What are you doing?" "Being bad," the man replied. During arrest, the man said, "I'm just trying to pick up men to make money because I'm hungry. My probation officer said I cannot violate parole." He went to jail.
AN OFFICER WROTE: "At approximately 5 a.m., the daily newspaper hit my door. I went to the door to retrieve it and upon looking out the peephole, I saw the paper man walking away from the door, but he quickly turned and came back toward my door. He picked up something and went away from the door." The officer opened the door and saw that his key box (Realtor key) was missing.
"Hey!" the officer yelled. He heard the elevator close.
The officer got dressed and looked out the window. He saw a burgundy van pull away. The officer left his apartment and noticed that the key box was now on a table near the elevator.
He went downstairs to the lobby. The burgundy van returned, along with the newspaper delivery man. The officer asked, "Why did you move the key box?" The man, identified as an employee of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said he moved the box because he thought it was lost. Later, he said he made a mistake and did not know why he moved the box. Since the key box was returned, the newspaper delivery man was not arrested.
ON 17TH STREET, a 22-year-old woman said her ex-boyfriend came to her apartment to get his stuff. They argued, and the ex-boyfriend grabbed a gallon of black paint from the kitchen. He threw the black paint on the carpet, tile floors, walls and door. Estimated damages: $1,700.
A FIGHT ERUPTED at a taxi-stand line on Peachtree Street. A cab driver said a man jumped to the front of the line. The cab driver honked his horn and told the man to get to the back of the line. The man spit in the cab driver's face, called him a "motherfucker," and made slurs about the cab driver being Muslim. Then, the man punched the cab driver's chest. (A witness corroborated the cab driver's story.) Police showed up and arrested the man, who is 33 and from Stone Mountain.
The taxi driver said he wasn't seriously injured, and he wanted the man "unarrested." An officer explained that the cab driver would have to go to court and tell that to a judge. "I stated that it was unconstitutional to unarrest the suspect."
Items in The Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta Police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words.
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