Bulletin Area police reports week of May 14, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
A grandmother received a call May 1 from a “sergeant” who said that her grandson had been picked up in Mexico City and charged with drug possession after drugs were found in a cab he had just exited. The “fine” will be $1,000, the “sergeant” told grandma, and should be sent to the District Federal Bank of Mexico City via Western Union. The “sergeant” gave grandma a phone number if there were any questions. Grandma called 911. The phone number from the “sergeant” began with a Canadian area code.
A 24-year-old local man, topping off his tank but skipping the part where you pay for the $8 worth of gas, was arrested April 23 after employees at a station got his license plate information. He was also charged with driving after license suspension.
Speeding and weaving around in your lane willy-nilly will get you stopped, and second-degree DWI blood alcohol test refusal along with no proof of insurance, not to mention driving after license revocation, will get your vehicle impounded for forfeiture and earn you a trip to the Ramsey County jail.
A 15-year-old boy who socked a 14-year-old youth in the face three times April 29 at Edgewood Middle School was introduced to an ordinance regarding fifth-degree assault and was soon on his way to the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center.
Another sign of spring
Thieves somehow got the padlock off a garage door April 28 at an apartment complex garage in the 2600 block of County Hwy. 10, making off with a Powermate pressure washer valued at $300.
Criminal damage to property
A feminine hygiene products vending machine was broken into April 21 at Lambert Park. The machine, just recently installed, contained no product or money. The damage was estimated at $100.
A nine-year-old told police he was “bored” and that’s why he picked up a saw April 28 in the 7600 block of Woodlawn Terrace and began cutting a wooden fence. The preteen was referred to the ACE diversion program, or, “All Children Excel.”
A Cheshire Circle coin collector realized April 17 that coins valued at “about $625” had gone missing from his collection over the past two weeks. Several people had been in his residence during that time. Lots of suspects.
“A suspicious male” walking around a building in the 2500 block of Mounds View Drive April 18 and entering the facility without permission turned out to be a son of one of the building’s residents. The 52-year-old man was arrested for trespassing.
And when I came too
A Golden Valley woman told police that her boyfriend left her passed out in his vehicle May 4 and went into his apartment for the night. When the 30-year-old came to, she realized a prowler had entered the unlocked vehicle and taken her purse containing her Michael Kors leather wallet, cash and an iPhone 5. The total loss was estimated at $1,270.
Barking dog burglary
A family in the 300 block of Oakwood Drive woke to the sounds of their barking dogs May 2 and found a burglar had entered through an unlocked patio door, making off with three cell phones and a Toshiba laptop. The loss was estimated at $700.
A homeowner in the 2800 block of 14th Street N.W. called police May 6 and reported the theft of a cement guardian angel, a sun sculpture and a glass table taken from his yard at various times since November.
A 36-year-old Minneapolis man left his gym bag in a locked locker at a fitness club May 7 in the 1100 block of Silver Lake Road. When he returned from his workout, the gym bag containing a pair of jeans, an iPhone 5 and $900 in cash, was gone. A witness said he had seen a man leaving the club with two gym bags. “That seemed suspicious,” the witness said.
Criminal damage to property
Was it an enraged golfer or just a bad driver? A water cooler on the fifth tee and mailboxes on Thompson Lane were damaged, and divots were torn out of putting greens on the fourth and sixth holes May 3 at the North Oaks Golf Course on East Oaks Road. An investigation continues.
A resident gave police an open carton of merchandise found in New Brighton April 21, addressed to a St. Anthony woman. The only thing missing from the box of merchandise that the 32-year-old had ordered was a bottle of shampoo. The loss value was $31.56. No suspects.
Drunk or stupid?
Apparently both. Non-students attempting to enter St. Anthony Village High School mid-morning Friday, April 25, could not find an unlocked door. Lucky for them, because there’s an armed school resource officer on the other side. Police quickly arrived, and the pair, still hanging around outside, were arrested. An 18-year-old man with a BAC of .19 percent was charged with underage consumption of alcohol and released to his grandparents. A 21-year-old man with a BAC of .17 percent was charged with “gross-misdemeanor furnishing alcohol to an underage individual,” and released.
Two women attempting to steal merchandise from a drugstore in the 3700 block of Silver Lake Road April 20 soon realized the error of their ways. Actually, they realized they were about to be caught. Heading for the exit while shedding damning items along the way, they were confronted, but pushed past employees. Police caught up with the pair who by then had no stolen merchandise in their possession. They were “trespassed” from the store.
Responding to a report of a man down in the 3700 block of Silver Lake Road, police provided a ride to detox for the 52-year-old after he refused to take a breath test.
Texting, et al
He was texting while driving but that wasn’t his only violation. The 33-year-old had a revoked license, no proof of insurance, expired registration and he was speeding when he was pulled over April 21 in the 2600 block of 37th Avenue N.E.
A 10-year-old told his mom that two fifth-graders on the basketball court at Emmett D. Williams School April 14 “punched and kicked him, used racist comments and called him racist names.” Mom called the authorities. After an investigation, the incident was turned over to the school for handling internally.
A man in a vehicle May 1 at a trailer park in the 100 block of Skyline Drive slowly pushed a pedestrian down the street when the 57-year-old man couldn’t walk any faster. “I’ve got bad knees,” the man said. The 22-year-old was cited for disorderly conduct and reckless driving.
Prowlers rifled through an unlocked senior citizen’s residence in the 3400 block of Centerville Road April 27. Found missing were a 42-inch Sony flat screen TV, an HP laptop computer, jewelry and a “large” jar of coins. The intruders ignored a locked display cabinet containing long guns and handguns.