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Disappearing Vodka, Pants on the Ground and Back to School Thievery

Unusual police stories from Northeast Georgia.

A man, using sleight of hand, . The surveillance video showed the man grab a bottle of Grey Goose vodka and walk to the end of an aisle, apparently to conceal it. When he walked out of the store, he wasn’t holding the booze anymore. The police report surmised that he hid the bottle in his pants leg.

An Athens woman and two juvenile girls were not quite as subtle as the Grey Goose thief. They were . The woman and girls were seen by an employee placing school supplies, grapes and strawberries into backpacks, which also were stolen. The girls tried to walk out of the store but were caught.

In Lilburn, a pair of droopy drawers led to . A Lilburn Police officer sitting in an unmarked car saw three kids, all 14 years old, run past him and jump into a white van. As one of the teens jumped into the driver’s seat, his baggy pants fell below his knees and his underwear slipped below his buttocks. That really got the officer’s attention. He found out that the kids sneaked away in “Uncle Jose’s” van, according to the police report. The cop called the uncle, who said he had no idea the van was gone.

A Lawrenceville woman who admitted stealing money had no idea how much she had stolen. . The woman, a Lawrenceville resident, knocked on the man’s door and when he answered, she burst through, grabbed the money off a table and fled. After she was caught, she told police she didn’t want to go jail for 20 bucks. But after the officer told her it was $40, she said, "Oh, well, that's a lot of money."

Another Lawrenceville woman made a trip to jail for a very different reason. It’s common for someone to blame traffic for being late to work. But a Lawrenceville woman flipped that around to explain why . The woman said she was sitting in a left-turn lane during a red light, then decided she wanted to go straight through the intersection. According to a police report, she punched it when the light turned green, struck the car and continued on her way. Police caught up later and heard this explanation -- she was late for work. The woman was arrested and charged with several offenses, including hit-and-run, improper lane change and no proof of insurance. She ended up being really late for work.

It wasn't driving, but hitchhiking that landed a Dacula man in trouble. An apparently intoxicated . The 21-year-old, who later told police he was at a party and just wanted to go home, was reportedly in the road trying to wave down motorists when police stopped him just after 3:30 a.m. on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. "I was startled by him being in the roadway and swerved to my right to avoid striking the male," the officer wrote in the arrest report. The man was charged as a pedestrian under the influence.

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