The Docket 09/29

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim

By Amanda Dee

‘Not in fact a crack whore’

At about 5:20 p.m. an officer responded to a call of criminal damaging. The victim told the officer that someone had slashed the back tires of her 1991 Chevrolet Cavalier. The words “crack whore” were also scratched into the hood.  The 64-year-old woman told the officer that she has no idea who did this and that “she is not in fact a crack whore.”

Dope for my real friends

When officers arrived at the parking lot where the victim stood with “a large amount of blood on his face,” a witness recounted what happened. The witness said the victim was sitting on a curb minding his own business when two men approached him and one of them started beating him on the head.  The victim informed officers he knew the perpetrator: “it was an old friend he used to ‘smoke dope’ with.” The old friend took a phone and wallet—the latter of which, along with the $900 inside, belonged to the victim’s father. After officers investigated further, they told the victim he had to tell the truth. He told them the perp called him earlier to do drugs and he rejected the offer, but the old friend threatened him. So, the victim had no choice but to tell him he’d give him $100 to end their friendship and never do dope with him again.


A man flagged down officers because when he returned home after his 9-to-5, his truck was no longer where he had parked it. He usually leaves a key in the vehicle, so he thought one of his family members had borrowed it. He left to pick up his daughter and take care of the situation afterward. When he and his daughter were about back to his residence, he spotted the truck—and it wasn’t in the driveway. It was following them. Due to the tinted windows, he could not make out a face. (The man later learned his friend was just playing a harmless, little prank on him.)

‘I know it was stupid’

While hanging out with other officers and civilians over coffee, an officer smelled something funny—or, rather, he saw it. A man left the convenience store across the street from him, and the store manager was trailing behind him. The officer overheard the manager request the items he took from the store without paying for them. He relinquished the two stolen cans of Red Bull and walked away. The officer decided to act and went to the man and asked him for some I.D. The officer “informed him that he should not have shoplifted with numerous police standing outside the business across the street.” The man said, “I know it was stupid.” The man was arrested.

You say robber, I say robbed

An officer on patrol noticed broken glass on the street. She looked more closely and saw it was from the rear window of a car parked there. She went to the home of the owner and asked her to come take a look. The owner said her “bulky green purse” containing valued chap stick, hygiene products and phone charger had been taken (along with a bank statement). A neighbor said she was “taking her puppy out to go to the restroom” at about 4 a.m. and saw a man and a woman poking around a trash can before stopping by nearby cars and shining a flashlight on the interiors. The neighbor asked what they were doing, and they said they had been robbed and were making sure nothing else was taken. (They were lying.)

Brown fake leather purse

An officer responded to a theft call. The victim returned home from grocery shopping around 9 that morning and remembered setting her “small brown fake leather purse” on the kitchen table. She said she didn’t leave the house for the rest of the day except for when she went into her yard. But at about 6:45 that evening, she realized her fake leather purse was missing. She looked everywhere. In her house. In her trash. To no avail. She said the only people who came into the house were her son and his girlfriend, but she didn’t believe they would take her purse. (But can you really trust anyone?)

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