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The leaves are turning. There’s a nip in the air. It’s time for Salt Lake City thugs to get drive-bys out of their systems before it’s too cold. This week’s lesson in How to Be a Criminal Mastermind 101: Don’t pull into the nearest 7-Eleven after making off with stolen goods. You might get a black eye.

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Just Wait in the Car

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09/23;06, 7:23

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Police responded to reports of a drive-by shooting on 1000 West involving four to five people in a white car. They found the car on Glendale Street, but with just one passenger who denied all knowledge of the shootings. However, officers also found three Molotov cocktail bottles filled with fuel and topped with a wick. And the car was stolen. The lone suspect was taken to juvenile detention.

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Fists at a Knife Fight

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09/23/06, 18:01

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A group of friends was in a lounge on Redwood Road when someone informed them their car had been prowled. The friends left the lounge where they saw a man and a woman driving away in a Lincoln Town Car. They followed the car four blocks north where the Town Car pulled into a 7-Eleven and the woman used a check taken during the car prowl to make a purchase. The male prowler took off but was caught by one of the group of friends who knocked a knife from the prowler’s hand in the ensuing fight. When police responded, they found the alleged male prowler complaining of pain in his shoulder, knee and left eye, which was swollen shut. He was taken to the hospital before being booked.

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Drive-By

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09/24/06, 2:08

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A group of friends was watching television when shots were fired at the house in what police describe as a gang incident on 400 West. The friends escaped the gunfire by running to the back of the house and later discovered bullet holes in the living-room wall and window. The suspect vehicle was a white sedan with two occupants.

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Pay Up

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09/22/06, 18:41

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An argument about money turned violent when a would-be debt collector was stabbed in the chest by the man from whom he demanded payment. The stabber was seen running north on Redwood Road and may have boarded a bus. The victim was taken to the hospital.

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Walk-By

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09/23/06, 2:58

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Multiple shots were reported fired into an apartment on 1200 West. Police found several bullet casings just south of the apartment complex. Occupants were not injured. The shooters weren’t seen and may have been on foot.

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Expensive Ticket

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09/21/06, 15:58

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Parking enforcement officers attempting to impound a car called for police help when they were confronted by four aggressive individuals attempting to stop the impound. Police ordered the four to stop interfering. When they tried to arrest one, a fight broke out, with all four suspects assaulting police. One attacker was subdued with a shocking device, more police arrived and all four were taken into custody.

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Kidnapping

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09/19/06, 4:57

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A woman telephoned police from a neighbor’s house reporting she had just escaped a kidnapping attempt on Pueblo Street. An ex-boyfriend and two others bound the woman with rope and placed her into the trunk of a car, but overlooked a latch that allowed the trunk to be opened from the inside. Officers responded to a home where the three reportedly armed suspects were hiding and negotiated their surrender.

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