Carjacking victim offers thief a ride

Police reports published April 22, 2015 in the Oakdale - Lake Elmo Review

Assault—An Oakdale police officer responded to a report of a large group of people fighting at PINZ bowling alley March 21. The group had already dispersed when the officer arrived. A man told police a group of 10 men swarmed his vehicle as he was trying to leave the bowling alley with his girlfriend around 1 a.m. He told police his assailants pulled him out of his vehicle and punched him in the face several times. Police later located one of the suspect vehicles containing seven passengers. Investigators have conducted several interviews with witnesses and suspects. Reports of the incident were given to the city attorney for review.

Robbery—A motorist who was threatened with violence reluctantly handed over his car keys to a man in a reported carjacking on the 6000 block of 52nd Street N. March 21.  The man told police he gave two unidentified men a ride, when one of them told him that if he didn’t give him the car keys he’d “be knocked out.” The 2002 gray Ford Taurus with Minnesota plates: 280 BJB was reported stolen. The victim described his assailant as being a white male, approximately 180 pounds, between 30-40 years old with a full beard.

Burglary—An Oakdale policeman recovered stolen property abandoned in the northwest parking lot of the Minnehaha Manor apartment complex while on patrol March 20. The stolen property was taken out of an unattached garage. Approximately $880 worth of stolen items were returned to the owner on the 1000 block of Hadley Avenue.  

Burglary was also reported:
• March 21 in the 6900 block of 10th Street N.
• March 21 in the 6000 block of 52nd Street N.

Theft of a motor vehicle—An unlocked vehicle with its keys inside is a car thief’s dream. That dream came true for two criminals at the Sky Zone indoor trampoline park, 595 Hale Ave. N., March 31. A woman phoned police to report her gold Kia Optima as stolen that evening. She told officers she had left the keys in the car. Surveillance footage reveals a silver Chevy Venture with unknown plates pulling up to the woman’s car at 5 p.m. Two men were in the minivan when it pulled up alongside the Kia. The passenger got into the woman’s car and drove away.

Theft—Police responded to a report of a theft at the future site of the Hy-Vee grocery store, near the northwest corner of 10th Street and Interstate 694, March 19. A construction worker told police over $12,000 worth of tools were stolen from him at the site the night before. According to the summary police report, suspects cut through a fence on the west side of the property to access the building.    

Thefts were also reported:
• March 16 at Fleet Farm
• March 17 at Tartan High School
• March 17 at Canvas Health
• March 18 at Fleet Farm
• March 18 at Tartan High School
• March 19 at Fleet Farm
• March 19 at Safe Harbor Systems
• March 19 at Best Buy
• March 19 at Super America (Freedom)
• March 21 at Taco John’s
• March 23 at Fleet Farm
• March 23 at Transfiguration
• March 23 at Twin Cities Pawn
• March 24 at Best Buy
• March 24 at Tartan High School
• March 25 at Skyview Community Elementary School
• March 25 at Menards
• March 25 at Fleet Farm
• March 25 at Twin Cities Pawn
• March 26 at Fleet Farm
• March 27 at Oakdale Precision
• March 27 at Fleet Farm
• March 27 at Home Goods
• March 28 at Emmons & Oliver Resources
• March 29 at Smokedale Tobacco
• March 29 at Fleet Farm Gas Mart
• March 29 at Menards
• March 29 at Oakdale Food and Fuel
• March 30 at Fleet Farm Gas Mart
• March 31 at Fleet Farm

Property Damage
Criminal damage to property was reported:

• March 19 in the 2200 block of Grafton Avenue
• March 19 in the 2000 block of Granada Avenue
• March 20 in the 6900 block of 10th Street N.
• March 20 in the 1000 block of Hadley Avenue
• March 20 at Little Inspirations Child Care
• March 22 in the 4100 block of Gershwin Avenue
• March 23 in the 4000 block of Geneva Avenue

Indecent Exposure—Oakdale Police arrested and cited a man for indecent exposure at Fleet Farm March 22. Surveillance footage captured the man exposing his penis and fondling himself in a store aisle. Officers detained the man as he walked out of the store.   


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