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Bizarre crimes from Atlanta police reports

A BROTHER AND SISTER got into a fight about Christmas decorations at the florist shop where they both work. The sister said she was putting up a Christmas tree and tried to move a sign from a window. She said her older brother ordered her to stop, grabbed her and threw her against a cooler. The brother, 45, took off before police arrived. So officers talked to two other employees, who said the brother and sister argued and wrestled on the floor. Medics treated the sister, who complained of a shoulder injury but refused to go to the hospital.

ON KENNESAW DRIVE, a 31-year-old woman said her child's father's sister showed up at her house and tore down her Christmas lights. She said the sister and her kids also threw rocks at her house. She added the sister is upset because she had her child's father put in jail for domestic violence.

A 24-YEAR-OLD WOMAN said someone broke into her apartment on Tuskegee Street and stole her kids' Christmas presents from the hallway closet. According to the police report, the suspects busted the woman's bedroom window, threw clothes all over her room and unwrapped two other Christmas gifts. But the only items reported stolen were the kids' Christmas toys, which included some large-sized Bratz dolls and some Playskool games.

AT PHIPPS PLAZA, someone called police and said a man dressed like a woman walked into Barney's New York and wrote a bad check for some items. Two officers scoured the mall and found the female impersonator, who was now standing with a 33-year-old male magazine editor. The female impersonator took off running. Police detained the magazine editor and determined he had nothing to do with the bad check. According to the police report, the female impersonator wrote a bad check for $274.32 ... and the female impersonator also left behind his purse, which contained $306.52 in cash. (Note: For those of you who despise math, the female impersonator apparently had enough cash on him to cover whatever he bought with the bad check.) His purse also contained more fake checks and a fake North Carolina ID, police said.

The female impersonator goes by the alias "Revlon" and wore white stretch pants, a white sweater and a black wig. When the report was filed, Revlon was still at large.

AT AN APARTMENT ON LENOX ROAD, a 42-year-old man wrote on the walls, set off the fire alarm and knocked over some plants in the hallway, according to police. His mother started explaining some of his odd behaviors, so the man put a bag over his head and started shouting, "Liar, liar!" Another officer arrived on the scene. He sat down with the man, who started talking about how everybody wants to kill him. The officer wrote: "He felt that every object that he found was an attempt to taunt him or proof that somebody was trying to kill him." The mother said her son was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and bipolar illness. Police took the son to the psychiatric ward at Grady Memorial Hospital. The son has long brown hair and was under the influence of alcohol.

A MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN said a man she lives with woke up at 4:30 a.m., screaming for everyone in the apartment to get up because his bathroom floor wasn't clean. Then, the woman said, he told her to clean the floor or get out. According to the woman, she went to put some clothes on her grandchild, and that's when the man said, "Get the fuck out of my house, bitch, or I will bust your head with a bat." (She said he was holding a wooden bat at this point.) Then, she said, the man tossed her and her grandchild out of the apartment -- without any clothes on. Police arrived at the apartment on Brownlee Street. Another person who lives there corroborated the woman's story. The man, age 42, was arrested for aggravated assault.

ACCORDING TO A RENTAL MANAGER, a man went into a violent rage and trashed his apartment on Oglethorpe Avenue. She said the man flooded the apartment, damaged walls and threw stuff around. Police arrived and talked to the tenant, a 44-year-old man. He said he damaged the apartment so he could clean it up. He went to jail.

A POLICE DETECTIVE was sent to a medical advertising company on Northside Drive. The company's executive vice president and the chief financial officer both said a staff accountant was fired that day. They said they discovered the accountant purchased more than $1 million dollars in American Express gift cards, without company authorization. They said they checked the accountant's work area and found some documents and e-mails in which the accountant discussed buying iron ore, crude oil and a satellite phone. They said they also found some fake company letterhead, and some cut-and-paste documents in which the accountant turned invoices into purchase orders. The accountant is a 49-year-old Lithonia man. Police got a copy of the documents and contacted the Major Fraud Unit. The investigation continues ...

AT A CLOTHING STORE ON FORSYTH STREET, a clerk said three men walked in and took seven full-skin mink coats (worth $4,500 each), one chocolate trench coat with a chinchilla collar ($2,000), one cognac mink coat with cat lynx ($6,500), and one marble-sheared mink coat ($4,840). He said the men also took five pairs of jeans and five denim jacks. Total cost of merchandise reported stolen: $56,899.90. He said the men left in a black Honda Civic or Accord.

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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