SHERIFF'S CORNER: Odd Police Calls, Volume I

Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin

Lake County Sheriff Rich Martin

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As I was watching old clips of weird news headlines on Jay Leno on YouTube this past weekend, it made me think of an incident we had a few months prior.

This incident involved a call coming into dispatch of a possible ORV that rolled over in the Chase area. As deputies arrived on scene they determined that it was not an ORV but that of a plastic kids Barbie car that someone discarded in the ditch. We were glad that it was not actually an accident, but it was funny that it was loaded onto a flatbed wrecker as an actual car as we cleared the scene.  

There was also the one last year that a woman reported that someone was pouring motor oil on her car. Upon investigation, it was determined that the sticky substance was actually tree sap from the tree since the car has been parked there for several months.

With that in mind, I thought it was time for another article to hopefully bring a smile to your face. In this edition of the "Sheriff's Corner," I bring you weird and odd police calls that have been taken by police agencies in the U.S.

1. Walmart: Police receive a report of a newborn infant found in a trash can. Upon investigation, officers discover it was only a burrito.

2. A man accused of burglarizing a Southern California home took a bathroom break and left DNA evidence in the toilet that led to his arrest. The suspect "did his business and didn't flush it" during a break-in. This allowed detectives to obtain a DNA profile. The profile matched another profile in the national system which subsequently led to his arrest.

3. A Grand Rapids resident told police last week that someone had entered his home during the night and taken five pounds of bacon from the refrigerator. Upon further investigation, police discovered his wife had gotten up for a late night snack, but was afraid to admit to it.

4. During a burglary, police found an open door in the back of a building. An officer went inside and called out, "Marco." The man's name was not Marco. Police found the suspect after he responded, "Polo."

5. A man reported someone had used his password and hacked into his Farmville account on Facebook and that as a result he had lost a year's worth of crops. Officers advised him that this was a civil matter, not criminal.

6. The learning center on Hanson Street reports a man across the way stands at his window for hours watching the center, making parents nervous. Police ID the suspect of a cardboard cutout of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

7. Police responded to a report of two dogs running loose and attacking ducks about 11:20 a.m. Sunday. The officer cited a resident for the loose dogs. The duck refused medical treatment and left the area, according to police records.

8. At 8:29 p.m., police received a call from a Dubois woman who said she smelled something funny in her room last night. She believed it might be her husband.

9. Failure to identify. During a disturbance call, a man gave an officer a false name and was arrested after he was found to have warrants for both names.

10. A caller reported that someone was yelling "help" from inside their residence. Officers responded and learned the person was calling for a cat named "Help".

11. Dunn police charged a Fayetteville man with driving a stolen vehicle after the man reportedly stopped to ask police for directions.

12. Police respond to a domestic disturbance. The wife had taken some cash from the house. The husband said he was planning to use the cash to pay bills; the wife said she was planning to use it to hire a lawyer. 

13. A woman in Dacula, Georgia, contacted police when her Chevy van went missing. Later that day, the woman called back to report that the vehicle had been found. It was in her yard, hidden behind tall weeds.

14. A burglar in Shelby County, Ohio, was caught by police after he accidentally butt-dialed 911 while breaking into a home. Make matters worse: The crook hid in a closet, but was ratted out by his phone yet again when the low battery alarm went off.

15. A 53 year old man walked into a North Carolina Walmart and bought a vacuum cleaner and a microwave for $476. The suspect attempted to pay for his purchases with a million dollar note from the game Monopoly. After demanding change of $999,524 from the cashier, the police were called and the suspect was arrested.

16. A man was arrested about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment. According to the police report, the man used a spray container of cologne and a lighter to shoot a flame at the neighbor. The man told the police that he shot the flame at the neighbor because he couldn't tolerate the victim's Michael Jackson impersonations, the report stated.

17. A man, aware that the police were looking for his white Mitsubishi pick-up truck, stole another vehicle according to detectives. Unfortunately for him, the car he stole was also a white Mitsubishi pick-up truck. To further cement his association with the stolen vehicle, he placed his own personal license plates on it.

18. A man filed a complaint Sunday about someone ringing his doorbell and leaving a photocopy of buttocks on his front stoop. The complainant, Edgar Butts, told police the incident has happened several times in the past two weeks.

19. Police received a call from a woman who said her granddaughter was at a ski area last week and ran into a person who was selling bags of what she thought were Portobello mushrooms dipped in chocolate for $30. Police said the granddaughter further informed her grandmother that giraffes were chasing her down the hill after she ate the mushrooms.

20. A woman walking through the parking lot of the Vadnais Heights big-box store did a double-take the morning of July 13. She told a deputy inside about a man in a vehicle nude from the waist down and adult porn on the dashboard. The man, who had not committed a crime, was told to beat it.

— This information is provided to you for clarification on specific laws, and not legal advice. This is not to be construed as a personal opinion, agreement or disagreement of any specific law. Topics covered are for educational and informational purposes only. As needed, excerpts from other articles are used for reference and/or content. If you have any questions on any specific topic, you may always email me your questions to