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Fake IRS agent scams New Brighton woman
Bulletin Area police reports week of Mar. 19, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
An unruly youth ran out of the family home after throwing things, but was soon collared by arriving deputies. The 17-year-old had stolen a camera earlier and sold it for drug money, his mother said. Both mom and dad expressed fear for their safety and the boy was booked at the Ramsey County Jail on charges of domestic assault, fifth degree assault and disorderly conduct.
A Belle Lane resident reported stolen mail March 3 that included his credit card number. The number was then used for a fraudulent purchase. Residents are reminded to avoid, if they can, using curbside boxes for outgoing mail and to retrieve their incoming mail as quickly as possible.
Maybe he didn’t know that for both safety and security reasons, you can exit the side and back doors of Oak Grove Middle School but you cannot open them from the outside. After leaving and unable to get back in to the school Feb. 27, the 14-year-old boy went berserk, kicking and punching the door until it broke. Charges of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct are pending.
Vandals created havoc in two bathrooms in the pool area overnight Feb. 26 at an apartment building in the 5400 block of Jackson Drive. Shower rods and curtains were pulled down, graffiti was carved in the wooden sauna walls, bathroom tiles were written on and feces was smeared on the bathroom mirrors. Behaviorists have long claimed that feces smearing can be tied to sexual abuse, neurological difficulties or other aberrant behavior.
A Bobcat skid loader, vintage and color not reported, went missing between Feb. 25 and Feb. 27 from the parking lot of an industrial firm in the 2200 block of Woodale Drive. The machine was valued at $18,000.
There goes another smartphone
A Lake Elmo resident reported his Verizon smartphone missing from an apartment March 1 in the 2100 block of Program Avenue, along with $400 in cash. The model “DA” phone was valued at $750. No suspects.
A New Brighton woman, age not released, was swindled out of $6,385 March 10 by a male purporting to be an agent of the IRS who told her by phone that she owed back taxes and needed to make an immediate payment. The man went on to tell the woman not to contact anyone, that he would be “monitoring her phone,” and that if she didn’t comply with these instructions she would be arrested “in 45 minutes and her assets would be frozen.” The woman was told to purchase a negotiable Green Dot MoneyPak card and load it with the cash, which she did. Once the scam artist called back and was given the card number, he could, and did, siphon the card dry.
Kyle Loven, chief division counsel for the FBI in Minneapolis, said the IRS does not begin contact with people by phone. If they want to talk to you they would contact you by mail, he said.
Lights and sirens
It was a fool’s errand, but he was the man for the job. When an officer attempted to stop a 2007 Silverado that ran a red light March 4 at Silver Lake Road and Silver Lane, the driver took off. St. Anthony Police joined the chase which continued through the city while involving more red light running until the driver pulled into the UPS parking lot, jumping out and running away. Soon it was Taser time and the 32-year-old suspect was quickly collared. He said that UPS was his employer but he hadn’t been there for three weeks, and knew he “had some explaining to do to smooth things over.” Regarding running the red lights, the suspect claimed he always slowed to make sure there was no oncoming traffic. The man also admitted to being a meth user, but said he hadn’t used that day. He was jailed on a felony charge of fleeing police in a motor vehicle.
Dine and dash
Even after consuming $40 worth of hotcakes, a couple of teens were able to outrun employees at a pancake house March 2 in the 3700 block of Stinson Boulevard, after bailing on the bill. A 19-year-old was identified and mom paid the tab. No further police action was wanted by the business, but action by mom may be a different story.
Jim Carrey could get away with it, this guy could not. The 39-year-old man was arrested March 1 at the big-box store in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road and charged with shoplifting goods valued at $440 and false information to police. The suspect was also wanted on outstanding Hennepin County warrants for his arrest for a fifth-degree controlled substance violation and false information to police. He was booked at the Hennepin County Jail.
Practice not helping
Collared for shoplifting $12 worth of goods at the big-box store in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road on Feb. 24, the 24-year-old suspect was jailed on previous warrants issued for his arrest for theft out of Hennepin and Cass counties.
A woman was head-butted and her purse was grabbed as she stepped out of her car at a gas station Feb. 25 in the 3800 block of Stinson Boulevard. The 31-year-old victim reported the loss of her identification and a “large amount of cash.” The unknown male also threatened her, the victim said.
A 12-pack and a set of keys went missing overnight from a locked vehicle parked in the underground garage of an apartment complex in the 2600 block of Kenzie Terrace. There was no damage to the vehicle and the loss of the keys and the bubbly brew was estimated at $22.
Possible mail theft was reported the afternoon of March 5 at a multi-residential building in the 5600 block of Albert Street. Locked mailboxes were forced open days earlier, and it’s unknown how much mail went missing. Residents are again encouraged to pick up incoming mail as soon as possible.
St. Paul police reported a large amount of stolen mail was found in a vehicle pulled over for a traffic violation in their city on March 7. The mail, including a social security number and other identification, had been delivered to curbside boxes in the 3200 block of Owasso Boulevard.
A 30-year-old woman decided March 9 to give her live-in boyfriend, and father of their three-month old child, the boot. The woman piled the boyfriend’s belongings by the door, so he’d get the idea when he came home. He reacted by beginning to roll a joint on a table. The woman reacted to that by flipping the table over, scattering the marijuana. That set him off, pushing and shoving commenced, and the woman brandished a large boning knife “just to scare him,” she said. Neighbors reacted to the ruckus by calling 911 and the woman was jailed on charges of domestic assault and felony terroristic threats.