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Skateboarding in your bathrobe?
Bulletin Area police reports week of July 30, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
An 18-year-old local man was in custody on a felony robbery charge July 13 after he overreacted to a neighbor turning down his request for a cigarette. Several teens were in the driveway of a residence in the 4600 block of Lisa Lane when the 17-year-old girl said “no” to his request for the smoke. The suspect pulled a black Airsoft pellet gun—considered a handgun replica—and fired it into the ground. Police were quickly on the scene and made the arrest.
A two-part theft resulted in the loss of a vehicle as well as a 2013 yellow Bobcat machine valued at $45,000. The incident occurred overnight July 10 at Round Lake Road and Hwy. 96. Thieves took a pickup truck and trailer from the north side of Hwy. 96 and crossed the highway to a construction area where they loaded the skid loader and fled the scene. The truck has been recovered and an investigation continues.
A deputy checking a hotel parking lot on Red Fox Road in the pre-dawn hours of July 12 saw a man running, and then driving away at a healthy clip. The suspicious deputy pulled the driver over and sure enough, the car proved to be stolen. On his way to the Ramsey County Jail, the 41-year-old Roseville suspect was still trying to come up with a reason for why he was driving a 79-year-old Shoreview woman’s 2013 Hyundai with her purse on the front seat. The man was charged with felony possession of a stolen vehicle.
Heading to court on charges of third-degree DWI, speeding, careless driving, and no proof of insurance is a Roseville man following his alcohol-fueled trip down 35W in the early morning hours of July 12. The 28-year-old’s speed was locked in at 87 MPH and his BAC was tested at a whopping .22 percent. He was booked at the jail and his vehicle was impounded.
A local woman was arrested in the wee hours of July 16 after careening down 35W at speeds up to 96 MPH. After testing .09 percent BAC, the 25-year-old was booked at the jail on charges of 3rd degree DWI, driving after license revocation, no insurance and speeding.
Criminal damage to property
Video surveillance of a money-changing vending machine showed an unsuccessful attempt to compromise the lock July 7. A man in a hoodie wielding a screwdriver tried to break into the machine at a car wash in the 2100 block of Program Avenue but succeeded only in breaking the lock. Damage was estimated at $25.
If you are going shoplifting, it’s best to leave the meth at home. A 29-year-old local woman was suspected of shoplifting by discount store employees July 9 in the 2500 block of County Hwy. 10. They called police, but the suspect was still in the store when she was questioned, so a shoplifting charge wouldn’t have stuck. When she emptied her pockets however, out came the controlled substance. She was booked at the jail on a “probable cause” charge of felony possession of methamphetamine.
Criminal damage to property
Security cameras covering the parking lot of a business in the 200 block of County Road E2 the night of July 12 caught the image of a green van pull next to the victim’s Ford truck, and a suspect apparently drilling a hole in the gas tank. The thief then placed the containers of gas in the van and drove off. The cost the repair the gas tank in the Ford F150 was estimated at $1,000.
Skateboarding in your bathrobe?
Police responded to a report of a man skateboarding in the late morning hours of July 8 at First Avenue N.W. and Old Hwy. 8 in his bathrobe and slippers. The man failed to react to lights and sirens and was finally stopped by squads from assisting agencies. The 28-year-old Minneapolis man said he had heard about a music festival in Duluth and was on his way to check it out. He was booked at the jail on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and fleeing police in slippers.
Burglars ignored the house under construction on Monarch Lane and went right to the construction trailer, where they knew the good stuff was. Cutting the hasp with a hacksaw, they removed power tools totaling more than $1,000 early on June 23, before construction crews arrived.
The Freedom Valu Center at 3810 Silver Lake Road was held up July 9. One suspect brandished a handgun, a second waited by the door. Information on what was taken and description of the suspects were not released. Video footage is under review.
A 13-year-old girl reported the loss of her cell phone valued at $200 July 9 at Central Park. A 14-year-old male in the park at the time of the incident was interviewed. No other information was released.
A pair of 23-year-old employees at a Gramsie Road burger joint faced off in the parking lot to continue their relationship breakup. The male, from New Brighton, did $800 damage to the St. Paul victim’s car and spit on her, to boot. He was booked at the jail on a felony terroristic threat charge.
When mom accused her 16-year-old son July 22 of using Xanax and marijuana, he shoved her into a stucco wall. The 43-year-old victim, suffering cuts and scratches, was treated by medics and released. The case was referred to the county attorney’s office on pending charges of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct against the son.
A 22-year-old local man reportedly “off his meds,” threatened a social worker with a knife if she didn’t perform oral sex on him during a home visit the afternoon of July 8. The worker escaped and called 911. The suspect was charged with four felony counts including aggravated assault with a weapon and was taken into custody for a psych evaluation.
A Maplewood shopper arrived home from the big box store in the 800 block of County Road E on July 18, but was unable to put her hands on her purse. She called the store and security people there said video showed her putting the purse in her trunk. When the 89-year-old called to cancel her credit card, she was told it had just been used at a gas station.
Sad state of affairs
A woman called 911 June 28 and reported that her husband had tried to drown her in the tub while she was taking a bath. The 32-year-old said the couple had been “arguing over financial difficulties” since they both suffered recent job losses. Charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct against the 58-year-old man are pending approval of the city attorney.