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More nocturnal rummaging in St. Anthony
Bulletin Area police reports week of Apr. 23, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
Like a mouse in a trap, a 18-year-old St. Paul man got stuck in the soft ground the afternoon of April 6 after he attempted to go “four-wheelin’” in Valentine Park. Deputies arrived to find his SUV mired in the freshly-laid sod and the grass “will have to be replaced,” according to an Arden Hills public works employee. The price tag on the joy ride is estimated at $1,500. The sodbuster was cited for careless driving and a felony criminal damage to property charge is pending review by the county attorney.
A 20-year-old living with his dad in the 1900 block of County Road E2 was awakened by a noise in the pre-dawn hours of April 13 to see a man standing in his lower-level bedroom. He yelled and the intruder ran out an unlocked patio door, which is how he got in. The resident recognized the would-be burglar as an old schoolmate and gave an arriving deputy the suspect’s name. The deputy began patrolling the area, stopped a pedestrian and asked for his ID. Sure enough, it was the suspect. The St. Paul man was booked at the jail on a felony first-degree burglary charge.
Several items were moved about over several nights in mid-April in a garage in the 1900 block of Jerrold Avenue. There was no damage and nothing was missing.
A suspicious gas station employee in the 2200 block of County Road I used a detector pen to prove a $20 bill was actually a fake. A customer, who offered the funny money April 7 when paying for gas, said she had found the dirty and ripped bill in the roadway. It was turned over to the U.S. Secret Service by the Mounds View Police Department.
A Kindle Paperwhite e-reader was reported stolen March 26 from an unsecured locker at Edgewood Middle School. A day later, the school resource officer, reviewing surveillance video, noticed what could be the $100 object in question in the hands of a teen suspect and interviewed her. The girl came clean, implicated a partner, and both 14-year-olds are now attending a diversion program at Northeast Youth & Family Services.
A basketball player left his wallet containing $52 in an unsecured locker the afternoon of April 2 at Edgewood Community Center. After the game, the wallet contained only $12.
Rowdy attendees at a beer party spilled onto the driveway of a Woodlawn Drive apartment complex the afternoon of April 5. Police arrived, arrested and jailed two men that were hollering profanities — a 32-year-old local and a 29-year-old out of Fridley — on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process.
From the “they’ll steal anything” dept.
An Ohaus balance scale used for validating skim milk calibration standards was reported stolen from a Quincy Street dairy testing lab April 7. The machine was valued at $500.
Following up on an anonymous complaint about an SUV that has been routinely parked in a spot reserved for the handicapped, an officer learned that the driver did not have a visible physical disability. On April 11, the day of the investigation, a wheelchair-bound employee had to park in the far corner of the lot in the 400 block of County Road D because the handicapped spaces were filled. Interviewing the 53-year-old female offender, the officer learned that the handicap placard had belonged to her father, who passed away last year. When asked why she was using the now-illegal placard, the woman said that by the time she arrives at the business “all the other close spots are taken.” She was cited for “unauthorized use of a handicap placard.” Fines for the offense vary, but are considered “hefty.”
USPS left a package containing three military-style knives valued at a total of $303 outside an apartment door April 5 in the 1300 block of Seventh Street N.W. A thief picked it up.
No news is good news.
Shoplifters striking out recently at a big-box store in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road include a 33-year-old man for attempting to get away with goods worth $246 on April 4; a 56-year-old man for trying to make off with merchandise marked at $120 on April 5; and a 46-year-old woman picked up for pilfering products priced at $5, also on April 5.
A woman came all the way from Dassel, Minn. on April 5 to be collared for speeding and suspicion of DWI at Foss Road and 37th Avenue N.E. The 51-year-old, who tested .14 percent BAC, was booked at the Hennepin County Jail on a gross-misdemeanor third-degree DWI charge.
Unlocked vehicles in driveways and unsecured garages on Murray Avenue, Armour Terrace, Roosevelt Street, Croft Drive and 31st Avenue N.E. were rummaged through the nights of April 2, 3 and 4. Gift cards and a radar detector were taken.
A window was smashed out and a backpack containing several overpriced textbooks was stolen April 3 from a vehicle parked in front of a sandwich shop in the 2700 block of Hwy. 88. The total loss was estimated at $600.
Criminal damage to property
A surveillance video at Oak Grove High School showed an upset girl repeatedly punching the glass window of a door the afternoon of March 31. The second punch proved “intent” according to an investigator, and the 15-year-old student from South St. Paul was transported to the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.
When pushing, shoving and other unpleasantness occurred April 14, the wife called 911 and the husband locked himself in the bedroom. Deputies arrived; the 52-year-old wife provided a key and the angry 50-year-old man was arrested at Taserpoint on charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
Future leaders of America dept.
A 15-year-old boy sitting on the sidewalk smoking a cigarette while he was supposed to be in a classroom at a Lexington Avenue social services agency that prepares children for adulthood was arrested April 9. The youth was introduced to ordinances against disorderly conduct and obstruction of the legal process and transported to the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center.
When the homeowner returned to the 200 block of Lilac Lane the afternoon of April 15, he found his front door pried open and his 46-inch Samsung television missing. The TV was valued at $900.
Hitting, scratching and biting followed drinking and arguing in an apartment the morning of April 11. All of that led a 57-year-old boyfriend to call 911. The 32-year-old girlfriend, who was banging her own head on the wall when deputies arrived, was booked at the jail on a gross-misdemeanor domestic assault charge.
A Bridgewood Terrace homeowner received a call from St. Croix County authorities in Wisconsin letting him know that a stolen vehicle had been stopped March 23 that contained their mail and other mail from Ramsey County addresses in the back seat. The driver was arrested and the mail sent back.