Grandma arrested for shoplifting

Bulletin Area police reports week of Aug. 27, 2014, for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights


Mounds View

A walk in the park turned ugly for a local couple the night of Aug. 7. A 22-year-old man was booked at the jail after grabbing his girlfriend around the neck in Silverview Park, then attempting to take her phone to stop a 911 call. The call went through, police arrived and the 22-year-old was charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation and gross-misdemeanor 911 call interference.
Police responded to a report of drinking and fighting Aug. 8 in the 7100 block of Silver Lake Road. The cops heard fightin' words, but those are just words: it's the drinking part that got the teen in trouble. A 19-year-old local man was written up for underage consumption.
Criminal damage to property
Did a vandal go ballistic in the underground garage at an apartment complex in the 7600 block of Greenfield Avenue overnight Aug. 7, slashing tires on seven vehicles, or, did the vandal target one vehicle, and calmly slash tires on the other six to throw off suspicion? Only the vandal knows for sure.
Felony criminal damage to property
The windshield on a big earth-moving excavator is huge; it's like a picture window. It's also expensive; more than a $1,000 replacement cost. A vandal broke one Aug. 7 at a job site in the 5500 block of Quincy Street.
When the manager closed up the night of Aug.10 at the Mexican restaurant in the 2200 block of County Hwy. 10 he found a funny $50 bill in the day's receipts. The U.S. Secret Service was notified.
A pallet containing approximately 40 bundles of roofing shingles was delivered to the commercial building job site Aug. 7 in the 4800 block of Mustang Circle. Valued at around $2,500, the shingles went missing over the weekend of Aug. 8, pallet and all.

New Brighton

The burglar either had a partner or made several trips Aug. 19 after breaking into a garage in the 700 block of Fifth Street S.W. Missing were two bicycles — a gray Mongoose and a blue mountain bike, both equipped with fitness calorie trackers, and an air conditioning unit. Left behind was a beat-up Schwinn bicycle that a burglar arrived on. The total loss was estimated at $780.
Grandma arrested
Employees kept an eye on a grandma Aug. 5 that they suspected of past shoplifting activity at the grocery store in the 2600 block of Rice Creek Road. When grandma wheeled the cart filled with $62 worth of soda, cookies, milk and juice out the door, skipping the part where you settle up, police were called. "It's for the grandkids," the 58-year-old local woman said, adding that she had just lost her job.

St. Anthony

A 26-year-old man with a cracked, "pull-me-over" windshield was also arrested at 37th Avenue N.E. and Highcrest Road Aug. 4 for driving after license revocation.
A loud muffler got the attention of police at Stinson Boulevard and 29th Avenue N.E. Aug. 7 who also arrested the driver for no valid driver's license.
The 27-year-old man's lack of cooperation on providing his identity led to charges of false information to police and obstruction of the legal process in addition to driving after license revocation Aug. 7 at 37th Avenue N.E. and Stinson Boulevard.
Child abuse
An underage girl reported receiving a text request Aug. 4 for nude photos of herself. No photos were sent and the horrified parents were advised.
Pull me over
A 66-year-old woman was pulled over at Harding Street and 39th Avenue N.E. on Aug. 10 and charged with gross misdemeanor, second-degree DWI, driving after revocation, reckless driving and felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle. The senior citizen was booked at the Ramsey County Jail.
A 32-year-old female staying with a friend, now an ex-friend, at the Lowry Avenue Trailer Park overnight Aug. 10 reported the loss of some prescription medication. No other details were released and an investigation continues.


Gone fishin'
A purse left on the back seat of a vehicle while the 20-year-old driver went fishing in Island Lake Park was donated to a passing thief who smashed a back window. The loss was $50 in cash and a check card. Police continue to remind motorists to not leave valuables in plain sight when you are not in your vehicle.

Vadnais Heights

Like a moth drawn to a flame, the man saw the lights of the Rice Street bar just after midnight Aug. 15 and suddenly turned left into oncoming traffic, causing a multi-car collision. Several vehicles were damaged and a 26-year-old Shoreview man suffered a broken arm. The 64-year-old Deerwood, Minn. suspect's vehicle was impounded and he was booked at the jail on charges of "first-degree DUI causing injuries" and criminal vehicular operation.
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