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Strange Crimes and Misdemeanors in South OC

Calls to the Sheriff's Department aren't always what they seem.

Boy, we have some strange reports coming into our local police agencies!

Take this one from Mission Viejo. A couple calls in to report a robbery in progress. Except there is no robbery in progress. It was (allegedly) a drug-induced hallucination. The couple wound up arrested on suspicion of drug use.

Here’s another report that didn’t go the way the caller expected. Someone calling from a San Clemente Denny’s reported a man harassing an intoxicated young woman and suspected it may be a date-rape situation. Instead, .

Callers got this one wrong too. A woman, supposedly shirtless and screaming from a car prompted passers-by in Rancho Santa Margarita to call 911 Saturday. Turns out the woman did have a shirt on and was wailing because of a recent death in the family.

We’d say it’s still wise to call authorities if you think you see a shirtless woman screaming from a car. But sometimes vigilance can be overdone. Over in Aliso Viejo, someone called the Sheriff’s Department to complain about a “mean message” on Facebook.

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