Roseville/Bulletin police reports • Published August 19, 2019

Arden Hills

Fake 21-day permit
A deputy was dispatched in the early morning hours of Aug. 8 to the Cub Foods in the 3700 block of Lexington Avenue on a report of suspicious activity and recognized a 21-year-old Minneapolis man there from prior interactions with police. The deputy realized the man was displaying a fake 21-day permit in his back window, as opposed to a legitimate license plate, so the man was arrested for intent to escape tax-motor vehicle registration.

Friends like these ...
A man was smoking weed with friends in Cummings Park in the 1200 block of Cummings Park Drive the morning of Aug. 4 when he got into a fight with them — the man drove them home. He later discovered his phone was missing and he accused his friend of taking it, but the person denied doing so. Using a phone app the man tracked the phone to a Roseville address but nobody was home. The man was unable to give police the phone’s serial number or phone number; he was given some advice and the case was cleared.

In the street
Deputies came upon a 26-year-old St. Paul man laying in the street with his head on the curb on Valentine Avenue at Snelling Avenue the afternoon of Aug. 4. Police found suspected narcotics in the man’s pockets; he was arrested for drug possession.

Swatting
The sheriff’s office is investigating a suspected “swatting” call, where someone makes a false report of a crime in order to draw law enforcement to a target’s home. A call of a bomb threat came in the night of Aug. 9 and involved an Arden Hills address, though there was no threat.

 

Falcon Heights

Fraud
A 56-year-old woman told police Aug. 9 she was out $100 after receiving an email from a fraudster claiming to be a coworker, who asked her to buy gift cards for an upcoming event at work; be weary of strange scenarios involving gift cards, which are essentially untraceable cash.

Suspect swiper
A 20-year-old St. Paul man was stopped in the early morning hours of Aug. 8 at Snelling and Larpenteur avenues because he was driving without license plates. He also had a suspended license, so he was arrested and searched, with police finding someone else’s credit card in his pocket. A search of his car turned up a credit card swiping machine in his center console and a license plate that belongs to a different car. He was booked at the Ramsey County Jail for felony identity theft.

Suspicious sleeping
A call just before 6 a.m. Aug. 7 from someone in the 1700 block of Snelling Avenue alerted police to people sleeping in front of the caller's home. A deputy spoke to those snoozing and found they did not match the description of people suspected of stealing the caller’s car a week prior.

 

Lauderdale

Kick down the door
A 34-year-old man told police Aug. 4 that three unknown men tried to kick in the door of his home in the 1800 block of Walnut Street. The man opened the door and the trio ran off. Police carried out a search for the men with a K9 but didn’t find them. The man reported no damage to his door.

Stolen bikes
A 25-year-old man told police July 30 that someone stole two of his bikes from the bike rack in front of his apartment complex in the 1600 block of Carl Street. One was worth $500, the other $200.

 

Little Canada

Burglary arrest
Deputies headed to the 2500 block of Sylvan Street in the early morning hours of Aug. 10 on a report of suspicious activity and arrested a 19-year-old St. Paul man for burglary. He’d apparently entered a home and a car; police are investigating.

Busted dumper
A 25-year-old man was caught the afternoon of Aug. 5 illegally dumping trash into a liquor store dumpster in the 2700 block of Rice Street. The man agreed to take his trash back and was issued a trespass notice on behalf of the business.

DWI crash
A deputy patrolling on Little Canada Road at Interstate 35E in the early morning hours of Aug. 8 watched a car speed past him and then crash into the highway sound barrier, causing the engine to smoke and airbags to go off. Checking things out, the deputy found the car’s driver, a 26-year-old Little Canada man, moving around in the car; he was fine, but appeared drunk. The man blew a .21 blood alcohol concentration and was booked at the Ramsey County Jail for third-degree DWI. If convicted of this one, it’d be his second DWI in five years

Doubly concerned
A caller from the 2900 block of Rice Street the afternoon of Aug. 6 told police about a dog left inside a hot vehicle; the person also noted they were concerned about a little girl being yelled at by the car’s driver.

 

Mounds View

Bitey cat
An officer headed to the 6900 block of Pleasant View Drive the afternoon of Aug. 6 on a report of a cat that bit someone.

Stop, DWI
An officer arrested a 49-year-old Coon Rapids man for second-degree DWI the night of Aug. 4 after watching the man stop on the shoulder and turn on his hazard lights on Mounds View Boulevard at Groveland Road.

 

New Brighton

Boosted booze
A 38-year-old woman who lives in the 2000 block of Valley View Lane told police Aug. 14 that someone entered her detached garage three days before and stole a bottle of liquor from the refrigerator. She suspects that same prowler may have rummaged through her unlocked car but they didn’t steal anything from it.  

Cool friends
A man and woman ages 35 and 39 who live together in the 1000 block of Daisy Court reported Aug. 10 the loss of a gun, credit cards, a PlayStation gaming console, a handbag and blankets after a couple friends spent the night at their place. The couple had met two men at a restaurant for drinks the night prior then headed home and the men stayed over. The husband drove one of the men home that morning; the other left on his own.

Gas and go
A man pumped $40 worth of gas into a Chevy Suburban the afternoon of Aug. 12 at the Speedway in the 2000 block of Silver Lake Road and then left without paying. Though employees got the guy’s license plate number, the man was using stolen plates on his truck.

Stolen Accord
The owner of a maroon 1993 Honda Accord told police the afternoon of Aug. 8 that the car was stolen overnight from an apartment parking lot in the 2000 block of Third Street Northwest. Inside the car were a couple child car seats and a projector.

Take your valuables with you
A 60-year-old man told police the morning of Aug. 12 that someone had stolen items from his car overnight as it was parked at the Homewood Suites in the 1800 block of New Brighton. The man reported the loss of his work bag, computer, headphones and camera.

 

Shoreview

Ditched car
Someone ditched their red 1996 Chevy Blazer, partially blocking a business entrance, in the 3800 block of Victoria Street prior to noon Aug. 4. Police came and towed it around three hours later.

Driver hits biker
A 43-year-old driver from Shoreview hit a 69-year-old Circle Pines man who was biking on Turtle Lake Road at Hodgson Road just after noon on Aug. 4. The older man was checked out by EMTs and given a ride home.

Kitten rescue
An injured feral kitten limped into a garage in the 100 block of Demar Avenue as reported Aug. 6. Police took it to the Animal Humane Society-St. Paul.

Open garage
A 24-year-old man reported the morning of Aug. 5 the loss of a motorcycle tank bag and jacket overnight from his garage in the 600 block of Mound Avenue. The garage had been left open.

The joy of joyriding
An employee at an autoshop in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue the afternoon of Aug. 7 reported that two cars that had been parked outside the business the night prior had gone missing. One of them had turned up around 3:30 that morning crashed, with the airbags deployed and partially submerged in water at Victoria Street and Vivian Avenue. Police found a wallet that belongs to a 25-year-old White Bear Township man who worked at the autoshop. The man was arrested at the business when he showed up in the second missing car. Security footage showed him taking keys for each vehicle; he was charged with two counts of felony motor vehicle theft. He was also twice convicted of possession of child pornagraphy.

 

St. Anthony

My guitar gently weeps
A 24-year-old man told police someone stole his $799 guitar from his unlocked car as it was parked in the 3800 block of Highcrest Road.

Never pay with gift cards
A 65-year-old man told police July 29 that a caller claiming to be with the utility company said the man was overdue on his bill and that he was going to be cut off. The man bought two gift cards worth $450 and $298 to pay the “bill,” only later realizing it was a scam. Utilities and other entities won’t call out of the blue demanding action — they will send letters through the mail. Also, if someone is demanding payment through an untraceable means such as gift cards or a wire transfer, it’s probably a scam.

Out late with weed
An officer saw two 17-year-old girls walking near the Walgreens in the 3700 block of Silver Lake Road July 31 after curfew. They were stopped and one of their parents came to the scene. Each girl was cited for a curfew violation as well as possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Recovered stolen vehicle
An officer tracked down July 31 a vehicle that had been reported as stolen out of Maplewood at apartments in the 2500 block of Silver Lane.

Remember, hands-free
An officer cited a 29-year-old man Aug. 2 at 37th Avenue and Chelmsford Road for use of wireless communication device while driving; the man also had a suspended license.

Sign swap
A 57-year-old man who lives in the 3200 block of Rankin Road told police someone had stolen a sign from his yard and replaced it with an unrelated sign; a neighbor provided a description of the thief, along with their license plate number.

Stolen gun
A 45-year-old man told police Aug. 1 that the handgun he kept at his wireless store in the 3000 block of Old Highway 8 had gone missing at some point in the past three months. It’s a $200 loss.

 

Roseville 

Burglary

Burglaries were reported:

• Aug. 10 at Twin Cities Quilting

• Aug. 12 at Central Park Elementary School

• Aug. 12 in the 2400 block of County Road C2

 

Theft

Thefts were reported:

• Aug. 9 at Total Wine (two reports)

• Aug. 9 in the 1700 block of Highway 36

• Aug. 9 at Rosedale Center

• Aug. 10 at Motel 6

• Aug. 10 at Norwood Inn & Suites (two reports)

• Aug. 10 at Ulta Beauty

• Aug. 10 at Rosedale Center

• Aug. 10 at Har Mar Mall

• Aug. 11 at Rosedale Center

• Aug. 11 at Radisson Hotel 

• Aug. 12 at City Looks Salon

• Aug. 12 at Kohl’s

• Aug. 13 at Har Mar Mall

• Aug. 13 in the 1700 block of South Highway 36 Service Drive

• Aug. 14 at UPS Store on Lexington Avenue

• Aug. 14 at Anytime Fitness

• Aug. 14 at Walmart

• Aug. 14 at BP on Fairview Avenue

 

Motor vehicle thefts were reported:

• Aug. 11 in the 1100 block of Shryer Avenue

• Aug. 12 at Von Maur

• Aug. 13 at LA Fitness

 

Thefts from auto were reported:

• Aug. 12 in the 2700 block of Rice Street

 

Shoplifting was reported:

• Aug. 9 at Total Wine

• Aug. 11 at Rosedale Center

• Aug. 11 at Target (two reports)

• Aug. 12 at Rosedale Center

• Aug. 12 at JCPenney

• Aug. 13 at Rosedale Center

• Aug. 14 at Har Mar Mall

 

DWI

Driving while intoxicated was reported:

• Aug. 10 on Highway 36 at Snelling Avenue

 

Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct was reported:

• Aug. 9 at Wells Fargo Bank on Fairview Avenue 

• Aug. 9 at Speedway on Rice Street (two reports)

• Aug. 10 at Norwood Inn & Suites (two reports)

• Aug. 10 at Har Mar Mall

• Aug. 10 at Speedway on Rice Street

• Aug. 11 at Norwood Inn & Suites

• Aug. 11 at Har Mar Mall

• Aug. 12 at Rosedale Center

• Aug. 13 at Har Mar Mall

• Aug. 13 at Cub Foods on Larpenteur Avenue

• Aug. 13 at Speedway on Lexington Avenue

• Aug. 14 at Rosedale Commons (two reports)

 

Property Damage

Criminal damage to property was reported:

• Aug. 9 in the 2700 block of Kent Street

• Aug. 11 in the 2700 block of Rice Street

• Aug. 12 in the 2700 block of Long Lake Road

• Aug. 13 in the 2800 block of Rice Street

 

Shots Fired

Shots were reportedly fired:

• Aug. 10 in the 2900 block of Hillsview

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