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Holiday theft season kicks off in MV, SA
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A deputy finishing his shift the evening of Nov. 29 saw a man stumbling around the county Public Works Department gas pumps on Paul Kirkwold Drive. The 52-year-old was jailed on charges of third-degree blood-alcohol test refusal and second-degree DWI based on his previous offenses.
A cased Bach Stradivarius trumpet valued at $1,000 was left unattended in the Bethel Great Hall lounge the afternoon of Nov. 1. A thief picked it up.
Police, alerted to a driver on the run out of Anoka County Nov. 23, picked up the chase on County Hwy. 10. The 35-year-old Coon Rapids woman was pulled over at County Road I and booked at the jail on charges of probable cause felony first-degree DWI and driving after license cancellation-inimical to public safety, in addition to her charge of felony fleeing police out of Fridley.
Mom has a 15-year-old daughter and now has a bloody nose. The daughter was introduced to the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention system Nov. 24 on a domestic assault charge.
A clerk told a shoplifter at a discount store in the 2500 block of County Hwy. 10 Nov. 22 that she would have to go through her if she wanted to leave with the stolen merchandise. The shoplifter, bogged down with five purses, two shirts and a dress, gave up the goods valued at $183 and left empty-handed.
Two hours later, a more nimble shoplifter with a stolen purse valued at $35 managed to escape the store. No suspects.
A mom dropping off junior at the day care facility in the 2700 block of County Hwy. 10 the morning of Nov. 20 left her car locked with the motor running. A thief quickly moved in, smashing the car window and grabbing mom’s purse, which contained $180 in cash, a $100 cell phone and a digital camera. No suspects.
A man recovering from a late-night pub crawl slept most of Dec. 1, so he’s not sure if the burglary occurred during the day or night; but he knows what’s gone: off his vehicle a set of American racing wheels; from the house a cell phone and printer; and from the unlocked garage, a Ridgid cordless drill and a battery charger. Total value of the loss was $918.
A man seen on surveillance video at a store in the 2600 block of Rice Creek Road shoving frozen food in his pants - tater tots, dinner rolls and a frozen pizza - fled the scene just before midnight Nov. 30 in a gray pickup.
There goes another Honda
A ‘99 Honda Civic was reported stolen Nov. 28 in the 200 block of Windsor Lane. No forced-entry was found.
A 17-year-old girl reported her Woodcraft violin and bow went missing around Nov. 27 from a residence in the 1200 block of Sixth Street N.W. No evidence of forced-entry was found. The victim’s brother, who had several friends visit during that time frame, said he would check and see if any of them had developed a sudden interest in the fiddle. The instrument is valued at $1,300.
A 38-year-old man who had a no-contact order against him by a 42-year-old female was arrested Nov. 21 as the pair shopped at the big-box store in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road.
Burglars forced their way into an apartment in the 2500 block of 38th Avenue N.E. and left with a computer, cell phone, backpack and two bottles of wine. The loss was estimated at $600 and the Hennepin County Crime Lab was called to process the scene.
The holiday theft season kicked off with a pair of shoppers skipping the part where you pay for your merchandise. They were confronted outside the big-box store Nov. 22. The females, ages 21 and 54, were cited for the $369 theft.
A shopper wheeled a cart out of the big-box store Nov. 23 without bothering to go through the checkout process. When an employee approached, the suspect fled the scene, leaving the cart filled with $93 worth of goods behind.
Another inept shoplifter waltzed out of the big-box store Nov. 24 making no attempt to pay for the $313 worth of merchandise in the cart. Employees approached and the suspect fled. The goods were recovered.
Off his meds
Way off. A man in a parking lot in the 900 block of County Road F was reported by another motorist to be using a knife to cut the tires and roof of his own vehicle. “I don’t understand why someone would call you about me cutting my own vehicle,” the man told arriving deputies. “I’m off my meds,” he added. The man’s small, folding knife and a flare were confiscated, and the 33-year-old Little Canada man was released.
A gas meter was shot the night of Nov. 22 on a home in the 600 block of Berwood Avenue. Residents smelled gas and arriving firefighters dug out the slug and plugged the leak. No suspects.