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Blotter: Latchkey-less kids

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Blotter o' the Week: A man left his front door unlocked while he ran out to get dinner and returned to find someone in his home. The man said he witnessed the intruder run upstairs to the roof, jump onto another building, and continue hopping rooftop to rooftop. Other residents in the building also reported a break-in. They told officers that they too keep their front door unlocked. Apparently this apartment building exists in the 1950s.

An officer pulled over a man one night for riding his bike without any lights. While speaking with the officer, police noticed a blunt behind the man's ear. When asked about it, the man said it was a gift from his father.

A mother and daughter returned home to find the front door to their apartment open. Inside they noticed a hard hat that did not belong to either of them. As the women began to leave, a man ran out of the laundry closet, but was detained by construction workers outside of the building. Police searched the suspect and found the victims' TV remote in his pocket.

Scam O' The Week: In what is recorded as a "flim-flam" in an incident report, a man was conned on a popular online dating service. After receiving unsolicited nude photos from a woman, he was contacted by someone claiming to be a U.S. marshal, who said the woman in the photos was underage and the man needed to pay up to avoid charges. After several months of payments, the man's roommate contacted authorities who are currently looking into the situation.

A woman called police after getting into an argument at a gas station. She told the man with whom she was riding that he could charge $5's worth of gas to her debit card. She then noticed several of the man's friends drive up. She exited the car to find the man pumping gas into other vehicles. He fled the scene, but not before charging more than $100 to the woman's account.

One man's family checked on his home while he was staying overnight in the hospital. Upon arriving, they found the place cleaned out. In addition to stealing a queen-size bed, dresser, and curtains, thieves even removed the gold from the man's dentures.

In another case of father-son bonding, a driver and his son were pulled over for a signal violation. The officer found a joint in the father's shirt pocket and another in the vehicle, which the son claimed was his.

An officer pulled over a reckless driver to find an open beer resting in his cup holder. When the officer asked about the man's open "Bud Light," the driver corrected him, saying it was a Miller Lite. When the officer asked again if the man had been drinking, he replied, "Go ahead and take me to jail." Once arriving at the jail, the driver was asked to fill out all the necessary paperwork, which he signed "Big Dog" and "Daddy."

Police found a man sleeping in front of a local shop without permission. While gathering the man's belongings, the officer noticed a clear plastic jug. The man informed the officer that he used the jug as a urinal and told the officer he could go ahead and throw it in the trash.

Police responded to a report of an unconscious man in the parking lot of a church. The pastor led an officer to the man who was lying on his back with his head under the front bumper of a vehicle. After several attempts, the officer was able to wake the man who said he had been "up all night" and his drugs of choice are "alcohol and crack," according to the incident report.

A man woke up to find scratches along the side of his car. Upon closer inspection, he discovered "Fuck You" carved into the hood of his vehicle and "Raggy Bitch" carved into the trunk. The man could not think of any possible suspects.

A cab driver was asked to transport four passengers from downtown to Mt. Pleasant, but refused to make individual stops for each customer, according to an incident report. After a verbal confrontation, the driver said he was slapped in the back of the head before two of the passengers fled on the Mt. Pleasant side of the Ravenel Bridge. The driver claims that the remaining two passengers shouted slurs as he drove them back downtown.

Late one night, a concerned citizen stopped an officer on foot to inform him that someone was urinating on the officer's vehicle. The officer turned the corner to find the suspect walking away, but was able to arrest the man.

A woman called police to report that someone had thrown a brick at her windshield. She said she believes the perpetrator to be a man she had been dating until she discovered he was married. The victim said she had called the man's wife the day before to inform her of the affair.

Police were flagged down at a gas station in reference to an unconscious man in the parking lot. As the officer approached the man, he jumped up and began to stumble away. When the officer asked how he was going to get home, the man replied, "I am going to walk home — to Scottsdale, Ariz." The officer was able to contact the man's brother who drove him back to their hotel, which was, in fact, not in the Scottsdale area.

A man stumbling down King Street was cited for public intoxication, but due to his difficulty walking, an officer escorted the man to a cab. The officer followed the man home and even paid for his cab ride — like a true gentleman.

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