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Quirky Crimes in the Capital City



Forest Acres

Brookfield Road: Police were called to a school at 11 a.m. Tuesday after a student found what appeared to be a fetus of some sort. It wasn’t clear if it was animal or human, so officers collected the remains and photographed them and sent copies to the coroner’s office. The actual remains were taken to pathology and determined to be that of a squirrel.

Sylvan Street: A woman called police at 9 a.m. Tuesday after she said that while she was walking her dog a strange dog was following her. The woman described the other dog as a brown, mid-sized dog with yellow eyes. The dog willingly went to the officer who came to the scene and was then turned over to Richland County Animal Care. The dog had no collar or tags, and the woman said that this wasn’t the first time the dog had followed her while she was walking her own dog.

Forest Drive: Police were called to an eatery at 10 a.m. Monday after an employee said her female manager assaulted her. The employee said that she and the manager were arguing because the manager confronted the employee about the employee’s tardiness and the fact that she was an hour late opening the store. The employee said the manager hit her on the head, and she hit the woman back. They both continued with the battering which consisted of several barehanded blows and slaps to each other. The skirmish ended when one of the women slipped on the floor. Neither woman wanted to prosecute.

Richland County

Beltline Blvd.: A man called police at 10 a.m. after he said he had lost his 9mm pistol in a parking lot at 4 a.m. that morning. The 22-year-old man told officers he was going to his car when he dropped his bag in the dark parking lot. He said he thought he had collected all of his belongings back into his bag, but later that day he realized he had left the pistol, his driver’s license, and $5 in cash on the ground. He said he went back to search the parking lot about 10 a.m. that morning but didn’t find the gun, license, or money.

Decker Blvd.: A fast food restaurant manager called police at 10 p.m. Sunday night after an irate customer was causing a scene. The customer placed an order in the drivethrough window but failed to tell the employee working the intercom that she had coupons for some free food. When she got to the window and was charged for the food she became loud and boisterous, swearing at the employee and calling him obscene names. Once the police arrived, the mistake was worked out, and the woman left the drivethrough without further incident.

Two Notch Road: A woman called police at 11 a.m. Saturday and said that her car was illegally booted, and she was illegally fined. The woman told officers she parked in front of a store in the fire lane for “two to three minutes” while she ran in and asked if they carried charcoal. Once she found out that the store did carry what she wanted, she came out to move her car and go back in. But it was already booted, and the person who put the boot on wanted $100 to remove it, but she only had $45 on her. She said he took the boot off for $45 but followed her home to get the rest of the money. She said she will discontinue shopping in that center in the future. A witness told officers that although the shop owners wanted to keep the fire lanes free and open, the man who is booting cars is too aggressive, and she’s not sure of his authority. She said that the man was scaring away long time customers with his methods.

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