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A lapse of sound criminal logic
Bulletin Area police reports week of Apr. 16, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
No news is good news.
After assaulting his girlfriend, an “extremely intoxicated” man, according to the police report, attempted to assault arriving officers March 22 who were responding to the 42-year-old victim’s 911 call. That did not go well, and the 31-year-old man was jailed on charges of gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process with force, fifth-degree domestic assault and disorderly conduct.
A MacBook Pro valued at $1,500 and a small amount of cash were easy pickings in an unlocked vehicle March 28 outside a trampoline park in the 2200 block of Woodale Drive. The victim said she had been having trouble with the vehicle’s keyless entry.
A thief with a penchant for Milwaukee power tools broke into a work truck parked overnight March 31 in the 5200 block of O’Connell Drive, making off with a Milwaukee drill, a Milwaukee half-inch impact wrench and a Milwaukee impact driver. The prowler also grabbed a hose, tanks, a battery charger and copper tubing. Total extent of the loss is unknown.
Smart phones now in unknown hands include a $500 LG Optimus left in a purse hanging on a bar stool in the 2200 block of County Hwy. 10 on March 30; a $600 Samsung Galaxy S4 sitting on a bleacher seat at the Edgewood Community Center on March 30; and a $200 Samsung Galaxy left in an unlocked vehicle the evening of March 29 in the 4700 block of Mustang Circle.
As the weather turns pleasant, out come the spray cans. An artist-in-residence tagged a building on County Hwy. 10, mailboxes on St. Stephen Street and a dumpster, garbage cans and a storage shed on County Road I over the weekend of March 30 with the tightly phrased “blame oct 420,” meaningful perhaps to the tagger but meaningless to the rest of us.
A prowler broke a glass door at the back of a residence in the 1900 block of Long Lake Road on March 27 but did not gain entrance. Possible suspects were seen by a neighbor getting out of a car near the targeted residence before it was driven away. An investigation continues.
An Andover man parked his car near the train depot in Long Lake Regional Park the afternoon of April 2 and went for a walk. When he returned, his car window was smashed and his iPhone 5 and Lenevo T420 computer, valued at a total of $1,400, were gone.
While a shoplifter was inside a drugstore in the 600 block of Village Center Drive plying her trade April 2, a deputy was at work in the parking lot, running a vehicle plate. Learning that the registered owner had a revoked DL, the deputy waited to see who the driver turned out to be; it turned out to be the shoplifter. The 36-year-old St. Paul woman had stolen an electric toothbrush inside, then unsuccessfully attempted to return it for cash. The suspect, who may not be on the fast track, was arrested on the toothbrush charge as well as the driving after license revocation and booked at the jail on theft warrants issued for her arrest out of Hennepin and Washington counties.
Scrappers at work
Thieves went inside a model home in the first block of Cunningham Lane, a new street, on March 31, stripping out the copper tubing and taking three portable space heaters. The loss totaled $7,000.
A man with previous DWI experience was arrested March 24 at 39th Avenue N.E. and Coolidge Street for another DWI. The 30-year-old’s BAC was tested at .11 percent, his vehicle was impounded for forfeiture and he was booked at the jail.
Meet the cannabinoids
A 17-year-old boy is scheduled for Hennepin County Juvenile Court after he was arrested March 27 at Stinson Boulevard and Silver Lane on charges of felony possession of a fifth-degree controlled substance, possession of pot, possession of asynthetic cannabinoids, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving around in his lane willy-nilly.
Unlocked vehicles were rummaged through overnight March 27 in driveways on Skycroft Circle, Croft Drive, Belden Drive, and 32nd Avenue N.E. No losses were reported.
“Why, that little...”
Dad told police that his 36-year-old daughter stole a check out of his checkbook on March 18, later realizing that there were other transactions using his debit card number that were not familiar. When he was through adding up the losses they amounted to $1,650 and, oh yes, Dad wants charges filed.
The disagreement began in their apartment on April Fools’ Day when a man and his 34-year-old girlfriend had some differences involving online game posting. Pushing and shoving commenced and ended when the 32-year-old boyfriend pushed the woman into a wall then onto the floor, shoving a bed on top of her. She called 911 and the boyfriend went to jail on a misdemeanor assault charge.
The “early bird gets the worm” idiom proved true about 6 a.m. March 28 at an Asian restaurant in the 5900 block of Rice Creek Parkway. A pair of burglars arrived before the employees, pried open the front door, rifled the register and made off with $200 in cash. No suspects.
Criminal sexual conduct
Following a lengthy investigation, an 18-year-old White Bear Lake man has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a November 4 incident with a minor from Vadnais Heights. The suspect is awaiting a court appearance. No other details regarding the felony crime were released.
In a lapse of sound criminal logic, a shoplifter, traveling from one store to another by cab on April Fools’ Day, claims he was visiting the stores to steal merchandise to pay for the cab fare. That makes no sense, but here’s the story: First stop, a big-box store in the 800 block of County Road E where the 30-year-old South St Paul man pilfered $309 worth of audio accessories. Next stop: a sporting goods store on County Road B2 where our shoplifter walked out with $252 worth of Under Armour T-shirts. At that point, a deputy collared the man. Add in the cab fare of $93.50 and the loss reaches $655. The suspect was booked at the jail on a gross-misdemeanor theft charge.
Authorities threw the book at a 38-year-old man March 25 after his arrest on Silver Lake Road for felony possession of meth and gross misdemeanor charges of carrying a weapon without a permit and improper storage of the firearm. He was also charged with driving after license revocation, improper transportation of a hunting firearm, possession of pot and open bottle. He was jailed on the felony charge as well as a warrant for his arrest for DWI test refusal.