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Weird Crime: When Landlords Go Bad

A roundup of odd, unusual and head-scratching crimes in the St. Louis area.

Weird Crime: When Landlords Go Bad

Police Might Have a Suspect if There IS a 'Next Time'

A North County woman drove her car into the yard of a home attempting to hit her boyfriend who was on a bicycle, according to St. Louis County Police.

The woman was charged with first-degree domestic assault.

An officer who witnessed the incident said the man avoided being hit by jumping off the bicycle and running. The woman hit the bicycle and started driving away, the St. Louis County police officer said. When stopped by police, the woman yelled at her boyfriend "I’m gonna get ya next time,” according to  police.

When Landlords Go Bad

A St. Charles landlord is accused of assaulting his tenants to get them removed from his property and then keeping the rent and deposit money.

St. Charles Police said the landlord “established a pattern of scamming his tenants for the rent and deposit money, using the same scenario each time.”

St. Charles Police said the landlord intentionally instigated a fight in December by chasing his tenant down the hallway by pushing and chest-butting him. The landlord then called police to get the resident removed from his property.

Police said the landlord intended to keep the $400 in rent and $200 in deposit money, adding that he did the same thing to tenants on July 30 and Sept. 15.

Police wrote in a report: “McKee threatens and becomes physically violent with the tenant. He then calls the police and demands the tenant be made to leave. Each time, he assures police the tenant will be returned the deposit and reimbursed the unused portion of the rent.”

However, each of the former tenants reported to police the landlord did not return their rent or deposit money.

Man Steals 27 Scents From Beauty Store

A man selected 27 men’s fragrances Dec. 31 from Ulta Beauty, 185 Gravois Bluffs Blvd., Fenton, and left the store without paying for them.

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