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Man steps on tomato in New Brighton; is arrested
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• A deputy driving through the parking lot of a hotel in the 1100 block of Red Fox Road the afternoon of Nov. 13 was flagged down by a couple in their 60s who wanted to report the theft of an iPhone, a Garmin GPS, cash and two scratch-off tickets. The total loss was estimated at $845. The couple fingered their 22-year-old grandson who they said had stolen from them in the past, but they had not reported it. The 22-year-old homeless man was booked at the jail on a felony theft charge.
An Apple a day
• An Apple iPhone 5 disappeared Nov. 9 from a residence in the 5300 block of Clifton Drive.
• An Apple iPad along with $85 in cash went missing Nov. 10 from a residence in the 7400 block of Knollwood Drive.
• An Apple iPad 2, an iPad keyboard and case, a box speaker and a Citizen watch, total value estimated at $1,000 were reported stolen Nov. 10 in the 7400 block of Knollwood Drive.
Off his meds?
• Maybe way off. Police were called when a man strolling through a grocery store in the 2600 block of Rice Creek Road in the wee hours of Nov. 15 eating a banana could not provide a receipt. Further investigation revealed that the 59-year-old local had also eaten several hard-boiled eggs, dug in a yogurt carton with his fingers, drank some V8, opened a package of Charmin to wipe his hands, and stepped on a tomato. He was cited for theft and transported to Ramsey County Detox.
• Parents should be aware that not all of the nocturnal activity in Long Lake Regional Park involves our furry or feathered friends. Two men walking alone in a wooded area of the park met up the evening of Nov. 19, dropped their drawers and went at it. A third man came over to see what was happening and joined the action. The third man left before police got wind of the untoward activity and the remaining pair claimed that all three were strangers. The two, a 64-year-old from Little Canada and a 60-year-old from Brooklyn Park, were cited for disorderly conduct, told to pull up their pants and to leave the park.
• An iPod unit, valued at $260, went missing from a classroom the morning of Oct. 30 at Chippewa Middle School. No suspects.
• A man stopped at Lowry Avenue and Stinson Boulevard for driving after license revocation was also arrested for gross-misdemeanor no insurance, felony possession of a fifth degree controlled substance and obstruction of the legal process. The 62-year-old was booked at the Hennepin County Jail.
• A woman left the grocery store in the 3900 block of Silver Lake Road Nov. 8 with a cart filled with a whopping big load of merchandise valued at $721 that she hadn’t paid for. The 27-year-old was notified that she will be charged with gross misdemeanor theft via formal complaint.
• Thieves described as a “group of females” left the store in the 3900 block of Silver Lake Road Nov. 4 with a cart filled with stolen groceries. While the females were "throwing" items into a vehicle, an employee asked for a receipt. At that point the group fled the scene, leaving the remaining items in the cart. The loss was estimated at $200-300. License plate information was obtained and an investigation is under way.
• An employee at a gas station in the 3800 block of Stinson Boulevard reported that a shoplifter left the business Nov. 9 without paying for a $1.09 candy bar. License plate information was obtained and an investigation continues.
Watering the trees
• A man spotted urinating under the trees Nov. 6 on Wilshire Park Elementary School property earned himself a citation Nov. 6. The 29-year-old admitted the indiscretion and was cited for “disorderly conduct/obscene.”
Unpleasantness occurred Nov. 19 between a 41-year-old man and his new 42-year-old girlfriend when she invited a “male friend” to spend the night. The boyfriend's teenage son called 911 after the 42-year-old woman screamed and dad “yelled and threw things around.” The girlfriend said the boyfriend “hit, choked and threatened her.” The boyfriend denied it but was jailed on a domestic assault charge enhanced to a gross-misdemeanor based on a previous offense.
• Things might be just a little quieter in Shoreview after the theft of a leaf blower outside a nursing home in the 400 block of Hwy. 96. The Stihl blower was taken out of a truck belonging to a company on the scene for yard service. The value is unknown.
• Deputies investigated an anonymous complaint about a woman with a handgun in her car in the 800 block of County Road F. The 22-year-old, who lives in her vehicle, agreed with the deputies that having the Smith & Wesson replica BB gun might not bode well for her if someone mistook it for the real thing. She turned it over to the deputies for destruction.