Back-to-school shoplifting in V.H.

Back-to-school shoplifting in V.H.

A trio of thieves scampered out of the big-box store in the 800 block of County Road E Sept. 1, pushing three carts filled with stolen merchandise. The items, which were recovered, included $2,451 worth of kids clothing, school supplies, groceries, and health and beauty products. The thieves, a male and two females, abandoned the cart and fled when security employees appeared on the scene.


Bulletin Area police reports week of Sept. 11, 2013

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

Arden Hills

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Mounds View

Arrests
• An 11-year-old girl assaulted grandma Aug. 22 then kicked grandpa for good measure. Grandma called 911 and the girl was petitioned into Ramsey County Juvenile Court on domestic assault charges. In the meantime the preteen is cooling her heels in the county’s Juvenile Detention Center.

• Actually, we’ve all done this — made that wide left-hand turn while drifting over into the right hand lane — but it cost this guy his car.
The 28-year-old St. Paul man was stopped Aug. 22 at County Hwy. 10 and County Road I for the improper turn and arrested for second-degree DWI, blood-alcohol test refusal, driving after license revocation and no proof of insurance. He was booked at the Ramsey County Jail and his vehicle, based on his two previous DWI convictions, was impounded for forfeiture.

Theft
• Percocet, a narcotic used for ADHD or pain relief and valued at an estimated $500, went missing from the garage of a residence in the 3000 block of County Road H2 the week of Aug. 15. Hmm, Percocet, in the garage...

• She just went next door for a few minutes to visit a neighbor, but
that’s when the intruder entered her unlocked Hillview Road apartment, making off with $260 in cash and her paycheck. No suspects.

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New Brighton

Arrest
• The only element missing from this tale is Simple Simon. An officer stopped a vehicle with a burned-out license plate light just before midnight Sept. 1. The 50-year-old local said he didn’t have a driver’s
license but, unlike the man in the popular nursery rhyme who was taking pie to the fair, he was coming from the state fair with a piece of pie which he proudly showed to the officer. He wasn’t handling the pie well, the officer said, which led to field sobriety tests which the pie man failed. He was booked for second degree DWI test refusal, and based on prior DWI convictions in 2007 and 2012, his vehicle was impounded for forfeiture.

Criminal damage to property
• It was just another in a series of “strange things” that have occurred in the past two years at his residence in the 1800 block of Heritage Lane, the homeowner said in pointing out the remnants of the half-dozen or so eggs thrown at his house on Aug. 30. As a further example the 46-year-old man went on to describe a “large pile of sand” that had been left recently near his front door.

• In an ironic twist of fate, a man that had been recently appointed to chair an urban farmer’s task force dealing with chicken housing in the city, reported six chicken eggs thrown at his garage overnight Aug. 30 in the 2700 block of 13th Terrace N.W. No suspects.

Theft
• Explaining why he wants to pawn a large duffel bag filled with women’s softball gear — namely bats and catcher’s pads — may be a challenge for the prowler who broke a window on a vehicle parked the night of Sept. 4 in the lot of an apartment building in the 900 block of County Road D, making off with the $330 worth of equipment.

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North Oaks

Close your door
• When the homeowner in the first block of Lake Drive went out to his garage to fetch his briefcase around 10 p.m. Sept. 3, he was introduced to a prowler who was inside his open garage. The man, age and race unknown, was described as 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-8,  medium build with dark hair and wearing a tan sweatshirt and pants, ran away. Nothing was reported missing by the homeowner.

Theft
• If a fly could hear you’d want to be one on the wall when the prowler takes the high-tech air analyzer microscope into the pawnshop and attempts to explain its functionality. The $2,000 instrument went missing Sept. 3 at the former Home of the Good Shepherd site in the 5100 block of Hodgson Road.

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St. Anthony

Arrests
• Officers responded to a broken window alarm at a retail electronic shop in the 2700 block of 39th Avenue N.E. during the night Aug. 22, and spotted a vehicle just leaving the scene. That vehicle contained three suspects along with 55 stolen cell phones valued at $36,000. An 18-year-old female, and males, ages 20 and 22 were arrested on a variety of charges including felony first-degree burglary and booked at the Hennepin County Jail.

• He had a penchant for rummaging through unlocked vehicles and boy, did he come to right area. Eleven residents on Crestview Drive, Townview Avenue, Roosevelt Street, St. Anthony Road, Edward Street and Armour Terrace reported the nocturnal rummaging the next morning, Aug. 23. They were told an 18-year-old suspect had been nabbed during the night with a stolen cell phone and a whole lot of spare change in his possession.

• Perhaps he was riding his bike in the dark in the 3200 block of Stinson Boulevard the night of Aug. 25 because of the Hennepin County misdemeanor warrant that had been issued for his arrest for obstruction of the legal process. Whatever the reason, the 23-year-old was cited for obstruction again as well as possession of marijuana and no headlights and booked at the jail on the warrant.

Birds of a feather
• It was the mother lode of male offenders, four, all in one vehicle that was stopped Aug. 24 in the 3700 block of Stinson Boulevard. The 21-year-old driver was cited for driving after license revocation,expired vehicle registration, possession of drug paraphernalia, no DL and an open bottle. A 19-year-old passenger was booked at the jail on a gross misdemeanor warrant for his arrest for felony robbery and was cited for gross misdemeanor false information to police, underage consumption of alcohol, obstructing the legal process and open bottle. A 25-year-old was booked at the jail on an outstanding Anoka County felony warrant for second-degree burglary, and a 19-year-old was cited for underage consumption of alcohol.

Theft
• The boy’s bike that was stolen Aug. 22 had a house key tied on the handlebars. The key was found in the door lock of the residence in the 3700 block of Foss Road and the purse that had been on the kitchen table was found in the neighbor’s yard without $140 in cash, credit cards or identification that had been inside.

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Shoreview

High times at the hotel
“Dabbing” is a recipe for disaster, a Baraboo, Wis. man might agree after he admitted inadvertently started a fire in a hotel bathroom Aug. 30 in the 5900 block of Rice Creek Parkway. The bathroom activity, or “dabbing,” involves a glass bong, cans of Vector butane, a candle and marijuana placed on a heated surface. The “dabber” then inhales the resulting vapor. Six of the seven cans of butane in the bathroom were empty, according to the police report. The 24-year-old man and his girlfriend were not injured, but the man was jailed on a felony charge of “negligent fire.”

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Vadnais Heights

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