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Lucky to be alive
Bulletin Area police reports week of Mar. 26, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
Deputies are looking for a man who backhanded his girlfriend in the face after he found her playing an Xbox game online with another man. The assault happened in the 27-year-old victim’s dad’s place at a trailer park in the wee hours of March 16. The 30-year-old suspect, who made tracks following the incident, is still at large. When located, the man faces a charge of gross-misdemeanor assault resulting in the infliction of “substantial bodily harm.”
A Caterpillar multi-terrain loader, used for removing snow outside a commercial building in the 1900 block of Gateway Boulevard, was removed by thieves March 12. Value of the large machine was estimated at $60,000-$70,000. No suspects.
Following a March 15 cab ride from Minneapolis to a bar in the 4700 block of Hwy. 10, the male passenger handed the driver $3 and he and his female companion ran away. Now, when you call a cab you are asked for your phone number, so the service can get back to you if your cab is delayed, so investigators have that much to go on. The couple still owes $24. No word on the tip.
A man bought a ticket at a movie theater March 10, asking the seller if he could trade ten $10 bills for a hundred. The employee was happy to get rid of the big bill and have the tens for making change, but later, a closer look showed several of the tens looked suspicious enough for the employee to call police. The 28-year-old Keewatin, Minn. man with the $100 bill was found in the theater watching a movie. He was booked at the Ramsey County Jail on a suspicion of a counterfeit currency charge.
Lucky to be alive
Law enforcement officials and I-694 drivers alike were breathing a little easier after this unsettling incident. An officer thought the driver of a stalled SUV on Old Hwy. 8 in the wee hours of March 6 looked like she may not be in full control of her faculties so he made a U-turn to take a closer look. In the meantime, the woman got the vehicle going and off she went at a high rate of speed. The officer attempted to catch up to the fleeing SUV which headed onto westbound I-694 and he was soon joined by squads from New Brighton, Fridley, Ramsey County and Brooklyn Center at speeds up to 110 mph. A PIT maneuver by Brooklyn Center Police eventually stopped the suspect vehicle and the unhinged, 28-year-old driver from Fridley was jailed on charges of DWI, felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle, and “speed in excess of 100-MPH.” Her BAC was tested at .10 percent.
Another smartphone went missing at the Edgewood Community Center - this one on March 6. Police found the Accutel One Touch Fierce phone valued at $160 on a baby-changing table in the men’s room. There was enough confusion and finger pointing to make suspect identification unclear and no charges were filed.
Bank bags containing approximately $500 in cash were stolen from an unsecured file cabinet in the band room at Irondale High School between Feb. 24 and March 10. The room is not kept locked but is covered by surveillance video. An investigation continues.
There go more Hondas
Older model Hondas are susceptible to theft through the use of a “shaved key.” A’98 silver Honda CRV was reported stolen overnight March 14 in the 900 block of County Road D. A 2000 blue Honda Civic disappeared overnight March 14 in the 1400 block of 10th Street N.W. A ‘95 red Honda Accord went missing March 15 from 10th Avenue S.W. at Sixth Street S.W.
Fists flew March 5 in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 3900 block of Silver Lake Road. A pair of angry men were knocking heads and each wanted the other charged. A 24-year-old was cited for assault and Hennepin and Scott County warrants for his arrest earned him a trip to the Hennepin County Jail. A 57-year-old was cited for assault and released.
A woman was pulled over March 7 in the 3000 block of 37th Avenue N.E. after failing to signal a lane change. The 23-year-old was also charged with driving with a suspended license and failure to provide proof of insurance.
A hit-and-run driver fled the scene in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road on foot March 9 but was quickly collared. The 46-year-old male was charged with driving after license cancellation and leaving the scene. His vehicle was impounded.
Dodge ‘em cars
Low-functioning drivers banged into each other March 7 in the 3500 block of Stinson Boulevard and both men behind the wheel were arrested. A 25-year-old’s fate was sealed at the Hennepin County Jail when he blew an .18 percent BAC. A 26-year-old was cited for driving without insurance.
More funny money
The five fake twenties went as unnoticed as the period following the word Dr. on a Dr. Pepper can, when the bogus bills were passed Feb. 25 at the big-box store in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road. A description of the suspect making the single purchase and the suspect’s vehicle were obtained through surveillance video and an investigation continues.
No library card
A married couple - a 64-year-old husband and a 50-year-old wife - bagged about $100 worth of books and DVDs and beat it out of the library on the afternoon of March 7 in the 4500 block of Victoria Street, avoiding the checkout machine. The local pair, identified by employees, were each mailed a citation for theft and “trespassed” from the Shoreview branch of the county library.