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Disorderly, really disorderly conduct
A belligerent local man, first yelling, then showing parts of himself that the other occupants of the building in the 2600 block of Scotland Court would have rather not seen, was arrested after fighting with officers Dec. 29. He was booked at the jail on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process.
Seven gas drive-offs were reported in the city between Dec. 22 and the end of 2013.
Criminal damage to property
A woman came out of her apartment building in the 2300 block of Silver Lane on Jan. 4 to find three of her car windows covered with paint. She immediately suspected a neighbor with whom she’s had a less than satisfactory relationship. He denied the damage. The victim’s 14-year-old son had seen the neighbor, armed with a can of spray paint the day before, but didn’t see him spraying his mom’s car windows.
Designated drunken driver
A 28-year-old Arden Hills man, stopped Jan. 5 at Fifth Avenue N.W. and County Road E2 for expired license tabs, showed signs of alcohol use. When asked how many he’d had, he replied, “just a couple” because he was the “designated driver.” The man was charged with second-degree DWI based on his BAC of .20 percent and a previous DWI arrest. He was jailed, given a notice of license revocation and his late-model pickup truck was seized for forfeiture.
The Department of Public Safety is warning residents about a phone scam that claims that you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service. The caller goes on to advise would-be victims how to pay “the IRS” or the police will issue a warrant for your arrest. NBDPS reminds everyone that the neither the IRS, nor any other legitimate government agency, will demand money via the phone.
There goes another Honda
A ‘95 Honda Civic went missing overnight Dec. 29 from the parking lot of an apartment building in the 2100 block of County Road E. It was recovered the next day by St. Paul PD who have a suspect in custody.
It started when she was arrested for theft of $85 worth of items at the big-box store in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road Dec. 28 and then things went downhill from there. The 29-year-old was wanted on warrants for her arrest - a felony warrant for a drug-related crime in Anoka County and a misdemeanor warrant for theft out of Hennepin County - but didn’t want the police to know about those because it meant a trip to the graybar hotel, so she gave them a false name. That didn’t work and she was cited for false information to police and theft. She was jailed on the warrants.
Deja Vu all over again
A 55-year-old woman who had been arrested earlier and had her vehicle impounded was arrested again Dec. 23 after offering a fake insurance card in an attempt to get her vehicle released from the impound lot.
It was cold!
It was so cold on Christmas Eve that a thief at a Lowry Avenue trailer park stole an unlocked and running vehicle that the owner generously valued at $200.
Two Silver Lane residents, ages 71 and 81, reported mail not received Dec. 21 in their curbside boxes. Fridley PD later contacted SAPD and said they had a 37-year-old male in custody on an unrelated charge that had a check, issued to the 81-year-old, in his pocket. Fridley PD charged the 37-year-old with felony mail theft, a federal offense.
A snow blower, value estimated at $1,900, was taken in a forced-entry burglary the day after Christmas from a business in the 4000 block of Stinson Boulevard.
Three of a kind
In a boneheaded attempt to raise some cash, a trio of inept thieves picked several items off the shelves at the big-box store Dec. 23 and attempted to return them. The first, a 21-year-old female, did exchange her items for a $53 gift card, but hung around long enough to be arrested for theft by swindle. The second female, a 25-year-old who had been trespassed from the store earlier, was charged with trespassing again. And the third female, just getting started on her criminal career, was warned and released.
Girlfriends, both 24, had a falling out when the local woman learned Dec. 26 that the woman from Burnsville had been in a relationship with a man. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise as the Burnsville woman has a two-year-old daughter. The local woman told mom to leave and mom bit her on the hand. The local then attempted to call 911 but mom grabbed the phone. Next, the local poked mom in the eye. Mayhem occurred, a television and humidifier were broken and mom left the scene with the local’s cell phone, glasses and keys after kicking, pushing and punching her. A pickup and hold order was issued for mom on charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
From your aunt?
The dean at Oak Grove High School received a tip Jan. 2 that a student had contraband in her locker. He investigated and found a full flask and a pot pipe. A vapor test proved the flask contained an alcoholic beverage. The 16-year-old, who asked for the pipe back saying it was a special gift from her aunt, was petitioned into Ramsey County Juvenile Court on charges of possession of alcohol on school grounds, possession of alcohol by an under-aged person, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Desperate thieves took four pair of kids’ shoes and a kid’s shirt from the family locker room the evening of Dec. 28 at the Shoreview Community Center. The loss totaled $258.
A woman took her eyes off her iPhone at a Hiawatha Avenue New Year’s Eve party just long enough for the $648 smart phone to disappear. Twenty-some people were at the party, according to a deputy’s report.
A burglar kicked in the back door of a residence in the 300 block of Timberline Trail the afternoon of Dec. 26 while the home was unoccupied. An Apple computer and jewelry were taken and the homeowners are working up a list of any additional property, now missing.
A woman called 911 and later told deputies that her boyfriend of three years had awakened her at 5 a.m. Dec. 20 with a demand for gas money before he left for work to plow snow. The 45-year-old said the boyfriend then bloodied her nose and clocked her over the head with a ceramic bowl. When asked if the boyfriend had threatened to kill her, the woman replied, “He’s always threatening to kill me.” A “pick-up-and-hold was issued for the 48-year-old man.
A 61-year-old North Oaks man left his blue, custom-built Rickenbacker electric guitar on the back seat of his vehicle while he was attending a meat raffle inside a bar in the 700 block of County Road F. The time of the theft of the $3,950 instrument is unknown as the victim was in the bar for seven hours.