Oakdale - Lake Elmo Review police reports Mar. 27, 2013

Thefts

Burglary: Police were called to the 600 block of 43rd Street N. March 18 after a man reported his parents’ house had been burglarized. Officers did not find any suspects inside the house when they arrived, but saw that the residence had been rummaged through. The caller said his parents had been out of town since March 9, and that several items were missing, including a 2001 Ford Ranger. A neighbor reported seeing tire tracks coming from the garage through the driveway several days earlier. Police photographed the scene and the investigation is pending.

DVD thief: A Best Buy employee said he observed a man take one or more DVDs from the store shelf and place them inside his jacket. The shoplifter exited the store without purchasing anything, and left the area as a passenger in a maroon Toyota Camry. The employee was uncertain of exactly what was stolen.

Fish lures stolen: Police were called to Mills Fleet Farm March 17 after a woman reportedly concealed $27 worth of fishing lures inside her purse and then left the store without paying. The woman admitted to the theft during a police interview. She was issued a citation for theft and released.

Thefts from autos: Two thefts were reported outside LA Fitness March 20. A woman reported someone broke into her 2013 gray Chevrolet Equinox parked in the overflow parking lot outside the gym. The passenger-side window was shattered and a front window was also damaged, apparently by a blunt object. Stolen from the vehicle was a camouflage diaper bag containing clothing and infant care products.
While investigating that incident, police noticed that a rear window of a 2008 gray Honda Accord parked in the same lot had been shattered. The Honda owner said a brown Fossil briefcase containing a day planner, work papers and a Bremer Bank HSA checkbook had been stolen. There are no suspects in the thefts.

Felony theft: A Mills Fleet Farm employee reported a man and woman loaded more than $1,000 worth of tools into a cart and left the store without paying March 19. The employee followed the suspected shoplifters and was able to recover the property, but the duo fled in a vehicle. Police were able to locate the couple, and they were arrested for felony theft. They were booked at the Washington County Jail.

Identity theft: On March 19, an Oakdale woman reported she’d received a letter from the Minnesota Department of Revenue regarding her tax return, but that she had not filed her taxes yet this year. The woman was unaware of who may have filed taxes in her name or how they may have gained access to her personal information. She did not suffer a monetary loss, and police provided her with information on identity theft.

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