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(2010-265721) 4:45 a.m.: A dog lunged at police while they were looking for someone in the 10 block of Judith Lane. An officer tried to shoot the dog, but cops and canine alike escaped unscathed.
(2010-266124) 11:55 a.m.: Twenty-six mattresses and box springs disappeared from Mattress Firm on South Semoran Boulevard. At 40 apiece, that’s 1,040 missing winks.
(2010-266281) 3 p.m.: Keeping three guns in the car probably made someone in the 5400 block of Rutland Court feel safer. How safe do you feel now that they’ve been stolen?
(2010-255560) 6:30 p.m.: When police tried to stop a dreadlocked teenager at Lescot Lane and Poppy Avenue, he spun his bicycle around, tossed down a .38-caliber pistol and pumped pedals down the street.
(2010-269371) 11:40 p.m.: Two men demanded money from a woman walking near Lakeview Apartments on Orange Center Boulevard. She told them she had none, but a punch in the eye jogged her memory and she handed over $300.
(2010-267944) 1:40 p.m.: In the 200 block of East Crystal Lake Drive, “A bicycle was removed from a porch railing, along with the railing.”
(2010-268307) 5 p.m.: At an apartment in the 6200 block of Raleigh Street, someone “used unknown means to enter the resident.” There’s only a few good ways to do that, you know.
(2010-269381) 6:30 a.m.: A bunch of business owners in the 1600 block of Park Center Drive are steaming after somebody ripped copper from 10 of their air conditioners.
(2010-269687) 10:30 a.m.: A man busted for trying to sneak 19 Blu-Ray DVDs, a World of Warcraft game card and a $22 bottle of shampoo out of Target on Maguire Boulevard admitted that it wasn’t his first time. He confessed to having about 250 hot discs at home and selling them online. No word on whether he did a side business in discount shampoo.
(2010-270115) 4:48 p.m.: A woman hopped up on hydrocodone, Soma and Xanax barely noticed a Lynx bus before she plowed into its backside in the 400 block of West Colonial Drive. Nine bus passengers claimed minor injuries, but they may have been hoping she’d share.
(2010-270692) 11:25 p.m.: A scary man doused a woman in lighter fluid and tried to set her on fire in the 1700 block of Sorolla Court.
(2010-271862) 1:56 p.m.: A woman was unloading groceries in the 4700 block of Jasmine Creek Lane when a man grabbed the purse off her arm and drove away.
(2010-272448) 8:30 p.m.: So, the man asked, why are you flinging stuff around in this house on Bent Willow Circle? The target of his question pushed him out, pulled a knife and chased him around the building. His pursuer was arrested, but the question lingers.
(2010-273964) 5:30 p.m.: A $3,000 air conditioning condenser evaporated at Antioch Manor Apartments on W.D. Judge Drive.
(2010-274381) 10:47 p.m.: Two men approached opposite sides of a woman’s car at Tuscany Bay Apartments on Sundown Circle. One waved a gun, screamed and punched her, while the other grabbed her laptop and purse, which contained a loaded pistol.
(2010-274980) 9:25 a.m.: Four guys barged into an apartment in the 2600 block of Robert Trent Jones Drive, fortified with one gun. But the resident struggled, and when their own gun went off in the melee, all four bandits panicked and fled.
(2010-275166) 12:11 p.m.: Three men were bold enough to kick in a door at Villa Medici apartments on Conroy Road – but when a woman screamed at them, they chickened out and ran away.
(2010-275917) 9:22 p.m.: A homeless man was seen breaking into a Jeep at West Central Boulevard and Garland Avenue. He was still in residence when cops arrived.
(2010-277959) 1 a.m.: A man forced his way into a house in the 1400 block of Altaloma Avenue and tried to kiss an unwilling woman, then apparently called the cops on himself.
(2010-278926) 5:12 p.m.: Two kids and two adults saw a homeless man whacking off aboard a Lynx bus. Police took the situation in hand.
(2010-279310) 10:50 p.m.: Two teenagers were robbed at gunpoint as they walked past Cornerstone Apartments on Conway Road. They lost a cell phone and 50 cents.
(2010-279568) 3:05 a.m.: A woman being arrested at St. Regis Apartments on East Church Street tried twice to spit on a cop. This didn’t make them let her go.
(OCSO) 4:07 a.m.: Three masked men with guns stuck up the Citgo station on North Chickasaw Trail and got a fill-up on cash.
(2010-279897) 9 a.m.: It’s hot as an oven in Brick and Fire Pizza on South Orange Avenue since someone swiped copper and aluminum from four rooftop air conditioners.