Almost home in Vadnais Heights

Almost home in Vadnais Heights

He’d almost made it home the night of June 20; at least he made it to the front yard. The 20-year-old was found slumped in the driver’s seat on the front lawn of his Vadnais Heights address with a can of Four Loko within reach. Four Loko, or “blackout in a can,” is a fruity-flavored caffeine drink combined with alcohol and is known as a dangerous combination.  Facebook users — 110,000 of them — “like” the Four Loko Facebook page, according to USA Today. The man was charged with underage consumption and open bottle.

Bulletin Area police reports week of July 31, 2013

Arden Hills Mounds View New Brighton North Oaks St. Anthony Shoreview Vadnais Heights

Arden Hills


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Mounds View

• A young teen was arrested July 9 after scaring the bejesus out of her mother. The 13-year-old girl was booked at the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) on felony terroristic threat and misdemeanor domestic assault charges.
• Police responded to a report of disruptive teens July 16 at the Mounds View Community Center on Edgewood Drive. A 16-year-old Minneapolis boy was charged with criminal damage to property for spraying graffiti on the walls of the center. He was also charged with fleeing police on foot, false information to police and underage consumption of alcohol. The youth was booked at the JDC on a warrant for his arrest for a probation violation.
Another teen, a 17-year-old out of Shoreview, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Rounding out the group were three adult male teens, two local and one from Minneapolis, who were cited for UAC. Two of these were also cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.   
Three hours later, officers answered a report of shoplifters at work at a gas station in the 2600 block of County Road I and found our three adults, previously arrested at the community center, and who had now been caught red-handed at the station stealing cigarettes and candy.
Tired of dealing with the trio, police delivered the threesome to the Ramsey County Jail on misdemeanor theft charges.

Criminal damage to property
• There must be a reason why they do it because they keep on doing it, but it’s beyond us as to what that reason is. Another Port-o-Potty was burned to the ground and found in a plastic puddle in Groveland Park on Ardan Avenue a little before midnight on July 10. The portable biffy was valued at $700. Alcohol may have been involved.

• Four lily plants went missing the night of July 13 from the yard of a residence in the 5200 block of Sunnyside Road. The loss was estimated at $25 and tuber-loving pocket gophers are among the suspects.

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New Brighton

• Officers responding to a July 21 report of a robbery in the 1200 block of 10th Street N.W. quickly learned the victim did not want to pursue charges because the robbery occurred during a drug transaction. A 29-year-old friend driving the victim’s car was booked at the jail for driving after license cancellation-inimical to public safety. Four needles and a burnt spoon were found in the victim’s car and were confiscated. The needles were “used to inject myself with heroin,” the victim said. The 25-year-old New Brighton man was given a ride home.  

There goes another Honda
• A 1995 maroon Honda Accord was stolen July 17 from the side of an apartment building in the 1000 block of County Road D.

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North Oaks

Putting issues?
• Someone acted out their issues on the eighth green at the North Oaks golf course overnight July 21, carving a swastika, a pentagram and profanities on the putting surface. Damage was estimated at $1,000. No suspects.

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St. Anthony

• A man and a woman were arrested for misdemeanor shoplifting July 9 at the big-box store in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road. The 27-year-old woman was cited for the $10 theft and released. The 24-year-old man was also cited for the theft but he went to jail on a felony warrant issued for his arrest for failing to register as a predatory sex offender.  

Criminal damage to property
• A 25-year-old female pointed a finger at a 23-year-old female as a possible suspect responsible for the smashed windows on her boyfriend’s vehicle June 16 in the 3700 block of Foss Road. Sugar had also been “apparently” put in the gas tank, the older woman said. The boyfriend is lying low as the investigation continues.

Shots fired
• Responding to a July 11 report of shots fired, officers stopped a suspect vehicle on 33rd Avenue N.E., arresting a 28-year-old Minneapolis man for felony “convicted felon in possession of a firearm,” DWI, DAR and speed. It gets worse. The driver began smashing his head on the squad, vomiting and asking to go to a hospital because he had swallowed a baggie of drugs. An armed passenger, a 25-year-old Andover woman, was jailed on a gross-misdemeanor possession of a firearm without a permit charge.  

Man down
• A 33-year-old male reeking of alcohol was found on the ground July 9 in the 3700 block of Silver Lake Road. After testing a whopping .32 percent BAC, the man was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation.

• The buyer and seller met up July 8 at 39th Avenue N.E. and Penrod Lane. “You got the sneakers?" The buyer asked. “You got the cash?” the seller replied. Implying he had a weapon, the buyer took the shoes. No cash was exchanged and an investigation continues.

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• A 33-year-old man is facing pending charges of third-degree felony assault after punching his 29-year-old girlfriend multiple times in the face July 17 “with a closed fist.” The charge was enhanced to a felony based on the suspect’s previous convictions for domestic assault.

Criminal damage to property
• When the boyfriend began to break beer bottles on the deck of the townhouse following their argument just after midnight July 21, the 35-year-old girlfriend became irritated. When he shoved her into the glass door, breaking it, she called 911. The 39-year-old was booked at the jail on charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Employee theft
• A juvenile employee at a discount store in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue was petitioned into Ramsey County Juvenile Court after video surveillance showed the 17-year-old boy skipping the scanning process on $416 worth of merchandise between May and June. The youth has also been given the opportunity to pay for the stolen items.

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Vadnais Heights

• The boyfriend, who was “high,” according to the victim’s mother, hit the 20-year-old girlfriend several times in the wee hours of July 17. She hit him back. Mom called 911 and the 26-year-old tough guy went to jail on charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Felony theft
• It’s a bit of a brain teaser — how many thieves did it take to steal three pricey bicycles the afternoon of July 22 from the garage in the 200 block of Cottonwood Drive? Three thieves taking a single bike each? A lone thief making three forays into the attached garage that had been left open? Or a pair of thieves, one returning to take a second bike? That’s unknown but what is known is the value of the stolen bikes totaled $5,000.

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