A spit hood, a swindle and a loaded handgun in New Brighton

Bulletin Area police reports week of Sept. 10, 2014, for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights


Arden Hills

Sighted at the site and cited
A 37-year old, bicycle-riding Shoreview man sighted at a construction site on TCAAP property at County Road H and I-35W was cited the evening of Aug. 31 for trespassing.

Mounds View

Bad day
Officers on their way to remove an unwanted 19-year-old from the family home Aug. 22 learned that the teen was wanted after all: by the cops on a gross-misdemeanor warrant for his arrest for "false information to police." When they arrived at the suspect's County Hwy. 10 address, he made tracks but was not able to outrun the officers. The teen was charged with "fleeing police on foot" and was booked on the warrant at the Ramsey County Jail.
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Management of a sports collectible store in the 2500 block of County Hwy. 10 reported the Aug. 25 shoplifting of an unknown quantity of sports cards totaling an unknown dollar value and portraying unknown stars participating in an unknown sport.
Plant rustlers dug up three ornamental grass plantings from the landscaping area outside the Ramsey Country Library on County Hwy. 10 in early August, then came back during the week of Aug. 10 and dug up three more. The loss totaled $180. No suspects.

New Brighton

Fitted with a spit hood
An Apple Valley man lost control of his 2004 Lincoln LS rounding a curve at Long Lake Road and 14th Street N.W. Aug. 31, and knocked down a power pole, breaking it in half. The unconscious 38-year-old was given oxygen until he began fighting with police and an ambulance crew and the out-of-control man was then fitted with a spit hood for his ride to the hospital. Following treatment, the suspect was booked at the jail on a charge of gross-misdemeanor DWI test refusal.
Theft by swindle
A senior homeowner on Inca Lane paid $300 for front yard tree trimming on August 20. The 69-year-old also paid $200 for backyard work, but that job was never finished and the trimmer left. The homeowner contacted police who contacted the tree trimmer repeatedly over the next two weeks, but the 28-year-old Little Falls man, claiming he couldn't get his truck started, never showed to finish the job or remove the brush pile. He was mailed a citation for misdemeanor theft by swindle.
Loaded handgun
A Fridley man, pulled over Aug. 31 at Mississippi Street and Walnut Avenue for a burnt-out license plate light, was charged with second-degree DWI after the 31-year-old "refused to submit to a chemical test," and "carrying a firearm while under the influence." The loaded Taurus Millennium .45 cal. handgun was found in the glove box and belonged to the driver. The vehicle, a 2006 Chrysler 300 valued at $15,000 and owned by the suspect's brother, was impounded for forfeiture.

North Oaks

Preschool vandalism
Vandals got an early start on disrupting activities at Chippewa Middle School before the school year even kicked off. They damaged a pair of computer monitors Aug. 18, dumped desk drawers, threw musical instruments around and spilled sticky soda on the mess. Two brothers, ages 16 and 13, were identified on surveillance video by school staff. The older teen was given a Trespass Notice, which means if he is found in the school again, he will be prosecuted.

St. Anthony

Leaky load
A vehicle with an uncovered, dripping load of waste material was pulled over Aug. 18 on St. Anthony Boulevard and the 27-year-old male driver was cited for driving after license revocation and no proof of insurance in addition to the leaking load. 
A 35-year-old female known to employees at a grocery store in the 3900 block of Silver Lake Road was observed on video leaving the store Aug. 21 with her hands full of unpaid merchandise valued at $209, according to a police report. The case was referred to the city attorney for a possible charge of misdemeanor theft.


Electronics were taken from two vehicles parked overnight at Arbogast Street addresses Aug. 26. No evidence of forced entry was found.
Deputies responded Aug. 26 to a report of eight to ten juvenile males peering into vehicles in the 3500 block of Owasso Boulevard. The teens dispersed as deputies arrived, but seven out-of-the-area youths were rounded up and charged with misdemeanor tampering with an auto. One 18-year-old out of Madison, Wis. was booked at the jail on the tampering charge.

Vadnais Heights

Inept thieves
Police followed a pair of shoplifters from the big-box store in the 800 block of County Road E to a nearby electronics store Aug. 21 where they unsuccessfully attempted to return the pair of headphones they had just stolen. The 26-year-old St. Paul man was jailed on a felony warrant for his arrest for a probation violation stemming from a controlled substance possession conviction. The 29-year-old woman was also booked at the jail on the theft charge.
Deputies, assisting bank officials Aug. 22 in evicting an occupant of a residence in the 3600 block of Edgerton Street, found a freshly painted 2003 Bobcat skid loader in the garage that had previously been reported as stolen. Two men, the 59-year-old former owner of the foreclosed property, now charged with felony possession of the $22,000 Bobcat, and a 52-year-old with traffic warrants out of Sherburne County, were taken into custody and booked at the jail.


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