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Like the temperature, bike thefts on the rise
Bulletin Area police reports week of Apr. 9, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
A large pit bull, appearing to be “roaming free” according to a report, attacked a smaller dog March 30 on Lisa Lane, shaking the animal in its mouth before throwing it to the ground. Its owner took the victim dog to a vet for treatment. The owner of the pit bull, who lives on Lisa Court, could not be found, so the animal was locked up at Hillcrest Animal hospital until he could be bailed out.
They were driving separately but heading for the same destination in the wee hours of March 19, although neither should have been driving at all. When a 24-year-old woman went off the road on eastbound County Hwy. 10 and into a snow bank, the 34-year-old man came back to help. Next to arrive were officers who tested the female at .17 percent BAC and the male at .19 percent. Their new destination on DWI charges was the Ramsey County Jail.
A recent turn in the weather kicked off the start of the bicycle theft season: here are the first three reports to come in:
A $900 yellow Haro BMX model left outside Edgewood Middle School was stolen March 18 and later recovered while being ridden by a boy on Woodlawn Drive. An investigation continues.
A gray, white and orange Schwinn Ranger mountain bike, valued at $200 and left leaning on the side of a garage in the 7500 block of Edgewood Drive,, disappeared the evening of March 21.
A 20-inch light blue and purple Mongoose two-wheeler valued at $150 was taken March 25 from an open garage in the 7600 block of Woodlawn Drive.
One lad said to the other, “you’re a snitch!” Well, them’s fightin’ words and the 13- and 14-year-old boys were arrested March 25 at Edgewood Middle School on disorderly conduct charges, pending approval by the county attorney’s office.
More phones on the move
A 15-year-old girl left her Samsung Galaxy phone on a desk in a classroom at Irondale High School March 27. The $400 purple smart phone was in a pink case when it was last seen.
An iPhone 5 disappeared from the gym the night of March 28 at the Family Service Center in the 400 block of 10th Street N.W. while its owner was playing basketball. The smart phone had a price tag of $500.
A 57-year-old fitness buff from Detroit Lakes left his car keys in his shoe at a health club in the 1100 block of Silver Lake Road the evening of March 26 while he went to work out. A thief took the key, identified the buff’s car and removed a laptop computer, an iPhone 4S, $100 in cash, and several credit cards. Next, the thief went to a gas station, and then went shopping at a discount store to the tune of $300. The total loss was $1,980. Store and gas station videos are under review.
A 36-year-old woman was arrested March 21 in the 2600 block of Stinson Boulevard for felony possession of methamphetamine and for probable cause pickup and hold for burglary. The meth was seized and the suspect was booked at the Hennepin County Jail.
A new driver got off on the wrong foot at 39th Avenue N.E. and Stinson Boulevard on March 20. The 22-year-old collected citations for violating an instruction permit (No licensed driver on board), no proof of insurance and running a red light.
Responding to a disturbance call March 20 at the Lowry Avenue Trailer Park, officers soon learned that a 33-year-old resident was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest in Oklahoma for concealing stolen property. Oklahoma authorities said they would be up in a few days to get him. No charges were filed on the disturbance call.
See you in court
A 41-year-old man was busted March 20 at 36th Avenue N.E. and Harding Street for driving after license cancellation, no insurance and presenting a fake insurance card.
An 80-year-old shopper told police she was not sure if her purse had been stolen March 21 or if she had just driven away from the parking lot in the 3900 block of Silver Lake Road, leaving the handbag in the cart. Well, ma’am, if it wasn’t turned in, your purse was stolen. It contained the usual purse stuff: cell phone, credit card, checkbook and ID. No suspects.
Authorities have obtained an arrest warrant for a man on a charge of felony domestic assault for choking his 43-year-old girlfriend March 22 and hitting her over the head with a PlayStation machine. The girlfriend had asked the 41-year-old boyfriend for help caring for their children. The 41-year-old has two previous convictions for domestic assault, including one involving the current victim.
A daughter, upset March 31 about her mom’s drinking, face-punched a 46-year-old who was standing at the top of a stairway. Mom toppled down the flight of stairs to the basement, Dad called 911, and the teenager was jailed on charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Mom suffered facial swelling and bruises from the punch and the fall.
A Kindle Fire was reported stolen from a Chippewa Middle School eighth grade classroom March 26. Students were interviewed and the $250 e-book re-appeared two days later.
A Roseville teen left his iPhone 4S to charge in the corner of the Lexington Avenue YMCA gym the evening of March 30 while he played basketball. When he went to unplug the $500 smart phone, it was gone.
A baby daddy, at Mom’s trailer March 26 to drop off a diaper bag and her mail, threw the items and gunned his engine, driving close to 27-year-old Mom after mom had confronted the 22-year-old man over issues. Grandma, age 43, witnessed the event. Deputies are looking for the man on a pending felony assault charge, stemming from the use of an vehicle “to instill fear.”
A shoplifter was ushered into the Asset Protection office at the big-box store in the 800 block of County Road E March 26 to await sheriff deputies. The 42-year-old from White Bear Lake was caught switching price tags on merchandise, paying $14 for $42 worth of goods including a salsa dish. An AP employee had the suspect’s DL in hand when she bolted, fleeing the scene. An arriving deputy mailed the DL to the woman’s home address on her license, along with a citation for theft.