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Absurd crimes from the local police files.

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Time to get new roommates, part one: On New Year's Day, officers responded to an accidental-injury call. The victim told them someone had cut him on his left leg while he was asleep. Officers learned that the victim's brother and a friend had been fighting because of the friend's laziness around the house. The victim didn't prosecute and neither suspect admitted to having a weapon.

Time to get new roommates, part two: A North Memphis man called police January 6th after learning that $340 in checks had been written from his account. His bank provided the check writer's name, which was, unfortunately, a woman who lives with him.

Maybe they got worried about mad cow disease: Earlier this month, a Wendy's on Mendenhall reported it was missing meat from its inventory. However, the ex-girlfriend of an employee came forward to say that her ex-boyfriend had brought home a 40-pound box of meat from work and then "returned about 20 lbs." of it.

What boat sails from Africa up the Mississippi? In a common scam, a Hickory Hill man picked up two con artists last week and was tricked into giving them two rings and $2,000 out of his bank account. The man initially gave one suspect a ride because he was told he had just gotten to Memphis from Africa by boat. The "African" also said that while on the boat he watched movies of dogs biting black people and said he could not believe that black people were allowed to withdraw money from banks. The victim got money from his bank, and when one suspect said white people didn't trust black people, the Hickory Hill man handed them his cash and rings. When they didn't return from a burger run, the man realized he'd been scammed.

-- compiled by Mary Cashiola

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