Roseville/Bulletin police reports • Published August 28, 2017

Arden Hills

Don’t be such a creep

A 63-year-old woman from Roseville said she’d set up a blanket on the beach near the Lake Johanna boat launch off Lake Johanna Boulevard Aug. 21, but she was forced to leave because a 46-year-old Roseville man wouldn’t stop harassing her. While still at the beach, the man kept talking to her about that day’s solar eclipse; the woman told police the man followed her as she moved to be near more people. The woman left the park and the man followed her on his motorcycle. The woman sought refuge at an auto shop, where an employee confronted the man “with a tool” to back up the message of leaving the woman alone. Deputies tracked the man down, and, to quote the police report, he “didn’t have much to say.”

Beware the ‘grandson in jail’ scam

A 94-year-old woman told police Aug. 17 that she’s out $34,000 after a scammer claiming to be her grandson bilked her out of the cash. The scammer said he’d been arrested by Coon Rapids police and needed money to get out of jail. The woman sent the money in three seperate transactions to the unknown scammer, who kept asking for more cash. She would have sent more — $7,300 — had that transaction not been flagged before it was sent. If someone calls you out of the blue and claims to need monetary help, verify who it is by talking to known family members or others.

Panhandler

Deputies cited a panhandler who’d set up shop at the Wendy’s at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Red Fox Road on Aug. 18 for panhandling.

Stolen and found

A 35-year-old woman called the police Aug. 20 after New Brighton police contacted her to tell her they had found some credit cards that belonged to her. At that point she figured out someone had broken into her car that had been parked in the 4400 block of Arden View Court, though there was apparently no forced entry into the vehicle. New Brighton officers returned the credit cards, which appeared to have never been used by the thief.

Stolen mail?

A 36-year-old woman who lives in the 1900 block of Todd Drive called police Aug. 21 to report that her and her neighbor’s mailboxes had been left open as if they’d been “broken into.” It was unclear if they had been, though one of the mailboxes was slightly damaged.

Theft

A woman filled a cart with $100 worth of merchandise Aug. 21 at the Walgreens in the 3500 block of Lexington Avenue and then walked out without paying for it. Police have footage of the theft, along with a description of the car she left in and its license plate number.


 

Falcon Heights

Fraud caught on tape

A 52-year-old woman told police Aug. 11 that someone had made a fraudulent transaction on her card at a place she’d just been shopping — the Metro PCS store in the 1500 block of Larpenteur Avenue. Officers reviewed security footage from the store and it showed what happened: The woman forgot her card on the store counter. The footage shows an employee pick up the card, then apparently contact a friend who came to the store and used the card to make the fraudulent purchase. The friend then left the store with the credit card.

Psyched out

Police ran a check on a car driving in the area of Larpenteur Avenue and Coffman Street Aug. 7 and saw its registered owner had a revoked license, so they pulled the car over. The person driving the car wasn’t the registered owner and had a legit driver’s license, so the person was sent on their way.

Robbery

A 23-year-old woman told police Aug. 13 she was robbed outside her apartment in the 1700 block of Larpenteur Avenue. She said she was approached by a group of four men — one of them was identified as the brother of an acquaintance. The man punched the 23-year-old and grabbed her wallet and left the area. She followed the man’s car and got his license plate number. One of the men was identified as a 23-year-old. Police are investigating.

Stolen blower

A member of a work crew doing landscaping at apartments in the 1700 block of Larpenteur Avenue Aug. 8 told police someone stole a leaf blower off the work trailer while everyone was working, a loss of $700.


 

Lauderdale

Arrest

Men and women, seven in all, ages 26-56 were stopped in the Larpenteur Avenue and Highway 280 corridors between Aug. 9 and 12. They were arrested and cited for moving violations and and other offenses, such as driving with a revoked license or not having proof of insurance.

DWI

Police pulled over a 27-year-old woman from Fridley Aug. 11 at Broadway Street and Highway 28. She blew a .14 blood alcohol concentration and was booked at the Ramsey County Jail for fourth-degree DWI.


 

Little Canada

86’d

An off-duty deputy responded to the sports bar in the 2500 block of Rice Street around bar close Aug. 19 on a report of a rowdy patron. Once there, he found a 28-year-old St. Paul man who was behind the bar, despite the fact that he shouldn’t have been. The man refused to leave and was cited for disorderly conduct; he eventually calmed down but was still banned from the bar.

Assault

A 59-year-old Roseville man told police Aug. 22 he was assaulted by the 35-year-old son of his 70-year-old female friend. The older man said the younger man punched him in the face during an encounter in a parking lot at the woman’s apartment in the 100 block of Little Canada Road. The younger man could be charged with fifth-degree assault; police are investigating.

Bad day(s)

A 30-year-old woman who’d just gotten out of the hospital called police Aug. 18 because her bank card had been fraudulently used at an ATM in a Hopkins Holiday gas station to take out $360 cash. The woman said she was still in possession of the card. 

A 59-year-old man called police Aug. 20 to report his bank card had been fraudulently used to take $503 out of an ATM at an Eden Prairie Holiday gas station.

A 25-year-old woman called police Aug. 21 because, yes, her bank card had been fraudulently used to take $400 out of an ATM at a Wayzata Holiday gas station.

Detox

Police found a 69-year-old man drunk and sleeping in the lobby of the US Bank in the 2800 block of Rice Street Aug. 16. He was taken to detox.

 Indecent exposure

A couple of women, ages 59 and 52, told police Aug. 17 that a man had exposed himself to them at the thrift store in the 3200 block of Country Drive. Deputies went to the store but couldn’t find him. Police think the man could be involved in other similar reported incidents from the area — he’s around 30 years old, a husky 5-foot-6 or so, has bushy black hair and drives a green Honda sedan that’s missing a license plate.

Slashed tires

A 21-year-old man told police someone slashed some tires on his car as it was parked at his apartment in the 300 block of Labore Road as reported Aug. 16.


 

Mounds View

Arrest

A 30-year-old man who was stopped Aug. 18 near the intersection of Long Lake Road and County Road H was arrested because he had an outstanding warrant for gross misdemeanor DWI.

Broken window

A 43-year-old man told police Aug. 18 that someone had broken a window at his apartment in the 7500 block of Greenfield Avenue. Police later cited a 27-year-old woman for criminal property damage for breaking said window.

Domestic assault

Police arrested a 23-year-old man Aug. 20 for domestic assault after responding to the area of Long Lake Road and Scotland Court on a report of people fighting; the victims were a 19-year-old woman and a 59-year-old woman.

Drunken crash

A 41-year-old woman crashed her car in the 2200 block of Mounds View Boulevard just after bar close Aug. 17. The woman was taken to the hospital and DWI charges were pending a blood alcohol test.

Shouldn’t have been driving

Police arrested a 51-year-old woman Aug. 20 after a stop near the intersection of Mounds View Boulevard and Quincy Street for second-degree DWI test refusal, third-degree DWI, driving with a revoked license, no proof of insurance, expired registration and for failing to maintain a lane in traffic.

Stolen car

Officers arrested a 22-year-old man Aug. 18 after he ran from a traffic stop in the 2700 block of Mounds View Boulevard. The reason for running? The man had been driving a stolen car and was in possession of drugs. He’ll likely be charged with possession of the stolen vehicle, drug possession and fleeing police.

Stolen stereo

A 43-year-old man told police Aug. 18 someone stole his $100 radio out of his car while it was parked in the 7600 block of Woodlawn Drive.

Theft

Someone stole $155 cash from the front desk at the AmericInn hotel in the 2200 block of Mounds View Boulevard as reported Aug. 19.

Vandalism

A 47-year-old man called police Aug. 16 to report damage to the interior of an apartment building in the 5400 block of Jackson Drive — someone had broken the exit signs and spray painted the walls. The cost to fix everything is unknown.


 

New Brighton

A cents-less crime

A 38-year-old man called police from a business in the 100 block of Fifth Avenue NW Aug. 23 to report that a company truck had been damaged by pennies. Exactly how that happened is unclear, but according to the police report it will cost some $15,000 to $20,000 to fix, and the man said the truck “had been ruined.” Police took pictures of the vehicle’s engine, the presumed part that was damaged, along with the change.

Broken window

Someone smashed the window of a car that was parked at Hansen Park in the 1500 block of Fifth Street NW as reported Aug. 23.

Caboose damage

The New Brighton Historical Society told police Aug. 19 that someone kicked in one of the plexiglass windows on the Great Northern Caboose that’s parked in Long Lake Regional Park. There was no other damage to the train car and nothing seemed to have been stolen.

DWI

Police stopped a 20-year-old man Aug. 24 at County Road H and Old Highway 8 for a burnt out headlight and soon noticed he might be a bit burnt, himself. The officer smelled marijuana in the car and found some stashed in the vehicle, as well. The man failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and booked for DWI as well as marijuana possession.

Theft

A 40-year-old woman told police Aug. 20 that someone stole her air compressor out of her shed in the 1000 block of Mooney Drive.

A 56-year-old woman told police Aug. 21 that someone stole her 1982 Winnebago RV from it’s parking spot at a jewelry store in the 2000 block of Silver Lake Road. Police will be on the look out for it.

A 34-year-old woman told police Aug. 18 that someone stole the license plate off the front of her car as it was parked in the 800 block of County Road D.

Thwarted by Amazon.com

A woman called police Aug. 22 to tell them someone had gotten into her unlocked car on Aug. 16. She hadn’t thought to report it until a bunch of packages from Amazon.com showed up at her house — she hadn’t ordered any. She and the police assume the prowler who went into her vehicle managed to get a hold of her Amazon.com information, ordered the packages, and either purposefully or not, sent the packages to the woman’s home, maybe with the intent to steal them when they arrived. Instead, the woman received all the packages, straightened things out with Amazon, and sent them back.


 

Shoreview

Assault

Someone called police from the 1500 block of Knight Drive the afternoon of Aug. 16 because they saw a man pushing around a woman. The man then shoved the woman into a truck and drove off.

Bad day(s), redux

A 54-year-old woman told police Aug. 18 that she was unable to take money out of her bank account, since she had no money in the account. The account had been emptied by a fraudulent $1,000 withdrawl from an ATM at an Eden Prairie Holiday gas station.

Burglary

Someone broke into a garage in the 4800 block of Kent Drive as reported Aug. 18. 

Fraud

A 65-year-old woman told police Aug. 21 someone fraudulently withdrew $600 in two transactions two days earlier from an ATM at a Cub Foods in Crystal.

Someone in the car

A man called police at 3 a.m. Aug. 21 from the 4100 block of Oxford Street because he heard his car’s horn honk, and then saw the dome light turn on.

Shot fired

Someone reported a single shot fired in the 800 block of Sherwood Road Aug. 21. Police went and checked it out but found nothing.

Shot up the bus stop

A Shoreview city employee reported Aug. 22 shattered glass and other damage at a bus stop in the 600 block of County Road I. Someone apparently caused $2,100 worth of damage to the place by shooting it up with a BB gun.

Trips to detox

Police took a 35-year-old Shoreview man to detox after he was found drunk and wandering in the middle of County Road E around 9:30 p.m. Aug. 17. He said he’d drank “11 large beers” and welcomed the trip to the tank.

Police took a 40-year-old man to detox after he showed up blotto at a hotel in the 5900 block of Rice Creek Parkway a half hour after bar close Aug. 22. Deputies had seen the man around 10 p.m. earlier that same night roaming around the 5600 block of Royal Oaks Drive; he wasn’t drunk at that point and said he was looking for a friend.


 

St. Anthony

Arrest

Police picked up a 30-year-old man from the 2600 block of Kenzie Terrace for a domestic abuse no-contact order warrant out of Anoka County. He was also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, felony bringing contraband into jail, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana. The man was booked at the Hennepin County Jail.

Gas and go

Despite a gas station employee jotting down the license plate number of the offending vehicle, a person managed to pump $49.80 worth of gas into said vehicle and leave the SuperAmerica in the 3200 block of Stinson Boulevard without paying, as reported Aug. 13. Police are investigating.

Imposter

A 25-year-old man told police Aug. 13 he lost his wallet at the sports bar in the 3700 block of Stinson Boulevard. When he realized where it probably was, he went back and talked to a person who said they’d found the wallet, and gave it to another man who said it was his. The 25-year-old found the wallet outside the bar, but it was missing $110 cash. A possible suspect was identified as a 28-year-old man; police are investigating.

On the prowl

Employees at the tow yard in the 3200 block of Stinson Boulevard told police Aug. 9 they caught a man inside the business’s fenced off, secured lot inside a vehicle. They confronted the man, who became upset, and he left the area. Police came but couldn’t find the man, who was positively identified as a 25-year-old. The business wanted to press charges against the man but police couldn’t contact him, so he was mailed a citation for misdemeanor trespassing.

Sandwich drama

Police headed to the Jersey Mike’s Subs in the 2700 block of Highway 10 Aug. 13 because a couple of customers were harassing employees. Officers arrived and talked to everyone involved; the two rowdy customers got their food and were told they were banned from the sub shop.

Slashed tires

A 45-year-old man told police Aug. 8 that someone had slashed some of his tires on his car while it was parked at apartments in the 2500 block of 38th Avenue, causing $100 worth of damage.

Stolen phones

While employees were doing inventory at the AT&T Wireless store in the 2700 block of 39th Avenue they noticed eight cell phones were missing, as reported Aug. 9. Police watched some security footage, which showed a man walk into a back room and take phones from an open safe and leave. A bit later, the video showed a woman walk into the room, take some phones and put them into her purse.

Stolen packages

Though they came up as “delivered,” an 83-year-old woman who lives at condos in the 4000 block of Foss Road told police Aug. 10 her three packages weren’t at her place when she went to get them. The loss was $76.99.

Theft

A 54-year-old man was caught by employees at the Cub Foods in the 3900 block of Silver Lake Road Aug. 7 trying to steal $23.87 worth of merchandise. The man was cited for theft and released.

A 30-year-old woman told police Aug. 11 someone had rummaged through her car while it was parked at apartements in the 2500 block of Silver Lane and stolen a GPS and some CDs, a loss of $175.

Thwarted bottle boost

A man attempted to steal a bottle of booze from the municipal liquor store in the 2700 block of Highway 88 on Aug. 7 but employees caught up with him in the parking lot. He gave the liquor back and left in a car with another person. Store management said the man is banned from the store.


 

Roseville

The Roseville police blotter was not available this week. It will return next week.


 

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