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Car egged; Bieber has alibi
Bulletin Area police reports week of Aug. 6, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
A pink, two-foot tall statue of a boy playing peek-a-boo was reported stolen the morning of July 3 from the front yard of a residence in the 1200 block of Wynridge Drive. The cement Isabel Bloom yard ornament was valued at $300. Alcohol may have been involved.
It’s unknown whether the suspects were antiquers, scrappers or just plain burglars that made off with the four boxes of antique brass and copper figurines after breaking into a garage July 14 in the 5400 block of Landmark Circle.
Hungry diners at a fast-food restaurant in the 2200 block of County Hwy.10 attempted to pay for their food the evening of July 17 with fake funds. The two $10 bogus bills were so poorly made, the clerk refused to take them and the would-be diners fled the scene without their crappy currency, or their burgers, malts and fries. The bad bills were turned over to the U.S. Secret Service.
A classic 1967 Ford Thunderbird parked in a lot in the 7600 block of Greenfield Avenue was egged overnight July 20. The owner estimates that repairing the damage, if the classic car needs stripping and repainting, could cost as much as $5,300. That’s $5,300, an amount only someone like an egg-tossing Justin Bieber could afford to pay. According to the Internet (and some things found on the Internet are actually true), restoring the finish to a vehicle could cost as much as $15,000.
An officer, responding to a report of suspicious activity behind a business in the 2500 block of County Hwy. 10 the night of July 17, saw a man lurking by the loading dock, but was unable to collar him. He did recognize the man from previous contacts however, and mailed him a misdemeanor citation for fleeing police on foot.
A pricey MacBook Pro laptop, Nextel smartphone and a substantial amount of cash kept under the seat of a vehicle with a “slightly opened” window was donated to a passing thief overnight July 16. The Bulletin thinks it’s best that the exact location of this incident is not revealed.
The timeshare swindle
This scam hasn’t been around for years, but it looks like it’s back. A “caller” from Preferred Vacation Specialists in California cold-called a Belle Lane resident June 13 about a timeshare opportunity she, quite accurately, described as a “steal,” and available for a mere $3,000. The victim transferred the funds, even adding a $120 “transfer fee.” On July 22, she learned that she had been the victim of a scam, there was no timeshare and she was out $3,120.
A witness reported it was a ballcap-wearing young male on a skateboard and armed with spray paint that decorated electrical boxes, but mainly Metro Transit shelters and benches alike along Silver Lake Road overnight July 22. The fastidious tagger used a stencil to clearly communicate his message on the variety of surfaces, a message that was not released by police.
Pike Lake burglars
New Brighton Police have issued crime alerts involving some untoward activity on Pike Lake Drive. Forced-entry burglaries in the 1000 block on July 21 and in the 1100 block on July 24 were reported. On the 21st, the residence was ransacked and jewelry and a substantial amount of cash went missing. On the 24th, the homeowner’s dog was found outside, a bedroom was ransacked and an H-P laptop computer was taken. A neighbor reported seeing a black male with dreadlock-style hair and wearing a reggae-style sweatshirt walking around the inside of the patio enclosure. It was not the homeowner, the neighbor said. If you see someone in your neighbor’s house who is not normally there, the alert continued, call 911.
A burglar gained access to the four-address Silver Oaks apartment complex July 19 in the 2600 block of Rice Creek Road, pried open the doors to the laundry rooms, and, using a vacuum device, siphoned the change out of eight washers and dryers. Damage was estimated at $1,000 and the coin loss at $400. No suspects.
Someone didn’t like his yard lights
When things went dark for the Duck Pass Road homeowner July 20, he found his eight solar yard lights in a nearby park and lightened things back up. Three nights later, he found the lights in the middle of the street, smashed to smithereens. The loss was estimated at $50.
Adding fuel to the fire
A 41-year-old female shoplifter ran out of the store in the 3900 block of Silver Lake Road July 18 with $101 worth of goods and jumped in a vehicle driven by a 22-year-old man. A description of the vehicle was quickly given to police, the vehicle was pulled over and the shoplifter arrested for theft. The vehicle was impounded because the driver had a suspended license.
A 24-year-old woman was arrested at the never-a-dull-moment trailer park in the 2500 block of Lowry Avenue and booked at the Hennepin County Jail for felony possession of methamphetamine and Lorazepam, both controlled substances.
You can now add “gone” to the description of the $700 bike that that was previously described as “left outside” and “unlocked” in the 3000 block of Silver Lake Road, July 14.
A 48-year-old woman was socked in the face by her husband July 15, following an argument. The 34-year-old man was quickly housed in the Hennepin County Jail on a domestic assault charge.
Police were asked to respond July 20 to a report of a man urinating in the parking lot of a convenience store in the 3800 block of Stinson Boulevard. When they arrived, the man had now graduated to defecating in the lot and was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. Management of the business also asked officers to let the man know that he was no longer welcome at the store, so the 56-year-old man was advised that he was now “trespassed” and not to come by anymore.
A shirtless, hearing-impaired man showed up at the Arden Hills branch of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office July 23 to report an assault. The unpleasantness began when the man’s 24-year-old son became angry when dad would not help him clean up a TV dinner the son had dumped over in the microwave. That led to dad reminding his unemployed son that he would rather smoke pot than help out around the house. The son chased the 59-year-old man, punched him, grabbed his cellphone, and ripped off his shirt, as dad headed off on foot to the sheriff’s office. The son, who had a disorderly conduct conviction in 2012, is now facing pending charges of fifth-degree assault, 911 call interference, domestic assault and disorderly conduct.
Felon with a gun
When the deputy approached a vehicle pulled over for going 86 MPH in a 60 MPH zone on I-694 July 27, he noticed a Taser revolver on the floor. The 33-year-old Prior Lake man, previously convicted of a felony, was booked at the jail for “possession of a stun gun by a felon.”