Meth user rips off grocery store, winds up in jail

Police reports published April 15, 2015 in the Oakdale - Lake Elmo Review

Assault—Officers were dispatched to an Oakdale residence March 13 after the department was flooded with calls from neighbors about excessive noise. Upon arrival, officers encountered an out-of-control 22-year-old woman and saw her attack another woman. When they attempted to arrest her she pushed one of the officers to the ground. That officer suffered an abrasion to the elbow from the fall. While the female victim declined to press charges against her perpetrator, officers brought her to jail on charges of assault and obstruction of justice.
—Oakdale police were sent to Brothers Event Center in the early morning hours of March 14 to break up a fight between dozens of patrons. While officers were interviewing witnesses a man began acting aggressively with them and refused to comply with commands. Police tased the man “until he complied.”  Another patron took things a step further, spinning toward one of the officers and hitting him in the chest with an open right hand. After a tussle, the assailant was arrested for obstructing justice and assaulting an officer. The officer sustained injuries to his hands while subduing the surly bar-goer.

Arrests—A 27-year-old St. Paul man was arrested at Cub Foods March 11 for drug possession and theft. An Oakdale officer responded to a call of a shoplifter in custody who had been fighting with store employees. The officer saw the man being detained by two people in the store’s entryway upon arrival. Police searched the man and found plastic bags containing methamphetamine and 28 pills of Lorazepam and Alprazolam—prescription drugs often prescribed to people with anxiety.
In a recorded interview, a witness told police the man exited the store with a shopping cart and backpack full of unpurchased merchandise—totaling nearly $800. The suspect, who also had an active warrant for his arrest, was taken to the Washington County Jail, where he denied the theft and possession of the drugs.
—An Oakdale teenager wanted on a warrant for second-degree assault made it easy for authorities to catch up with her March 9. The young woman, driving without a license, made a sharp left turn near the 15th Street N. and Hadley Avenue intersection nearly running right into an Oakdale police car. The officer had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the vehicle. The 18-year-old was issued a citation for the traffic offenses and taken to jail on the warrant.
—Police responded to a call for a theft in progress at Cub Foods March 10. When officers arrived a store manager told them two women left the store with multiple boxes of diapers and several bottles of laundry detergent without paying for them.
The manager told police the women quickly fled the premises in a dark-colored four-door car with two other people. A store employee recovered a cell phone dropped by one of the women as she rushed to the awaiting vehicle.
A man later returned to the store to claim the phone, which he said he had loaned to a woman he knew only as “Sam.” Police have obtained surveillance footage and are continuing their investigation.

Driving while intoxicated was reported:

March 6 on the 6400 block of 40th Street N.
March 7 on the 6000 block of 40th Street N.
March 7 on the 4400 block of Geneva Ave. N.
March 7 on the 6100 block of 10th Street N.

Disturbance—An Oakdale woman, who was alerted to photographs of her bare breasts being displayed in a Craigslist ad with captions asking for sexual favors, called police March 5 asking for help.  She said she had received several texts from individuals regarding the phony Craigslist ad. The woman told police she had kicked out her female roommate a while back and the two of them hadn’t gotten along since. She told police she was sure it was her former roommate, because she was the only person she had sent the photos to.  The case is under investigation.

Thefts were reported:

March 5 at Fleet Farm
March 6 at LA Fitness
March 6 at Fleet Farm
March 9 at Fleet Farm
March 9 at PINZ
March 11 at Fleet Farm
March 11 at Cub Foods


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