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‘A resident reported a large light in the sky. It was the moon.’

Pictured: The moon. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Police blotters are, in their own particular way, an art form that can distillate local news into something transcendent. They function both as a means for conveying information as well as providing a pithy mechanism for said conveyance. There are tales of sadness, naturally, but the blotters are also filled with stories of people stealing a single tomato (value: $3) and puppies on the loose (“not causing problems, just loose”) and individuals calling the police to report strange sounds that turned out to be a cat getting inside a piano. Over at the Fix, Jaime Fuller has a wonderful look at some of the oddest things that have appeared on the country’s police blotters over the years.

Mark Berman covers national news for The Washington Post and anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.

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