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Grinch steals Christmas card money
Police reports published Jan. 8, 2014 in the Oakdale - Lake Elmo Review
You gotta be pigeon me: An officer responded to the 500 block of Greenway Avenue North the morning of Dec. 15 on a call that there was possibly an injured pigeon in the area. Upon arrival, the officer located the bird, which seemed healthy and flew away when the officer approached it.
Big honking deal: A disturbance on the 4000 block of Geneva Avenue North was reported the evening of Dec. 15. The caller informed police that the driver of a gray Mitsubishi car was honking the horn intermittently for 10 minutes. An officer drove out to investigate, but did not locate the vehicle. However, the resident called again shortly thereafter to say the car had returned and was honking again. This time, police located and stopped the vehicle, only to find the motorist had a suspended license. The driver said he was dropping someone off and trying to get his parents’ attention by honking. He was issued a citation for driving with a suspended license and warned of causing disturbances by honking.
Thief’s heart was two sizes too small: An officer was dispatched to the 1200 block of Granite Avenue North after a caller reported a mail theft. He said he had received a Christmas card from his father-in-law the evening of Dec. 11, but the envelope had been completely cut open. After speaking with his father-in-law, he learned that a $100 bill was missing from the card. It is unknown if the theft occurred before or after the mail was delivered. There are no suspects.
“Wizard” makes money disappear: A resident came to the Oakdale police department Dec. 13 to report he had been scammed out of more than $1,000. The victim said a man who claimed to work for “PC Wizard” had called him and told him he was trying to refund him $179. However, the caller requested a Western Union payment of $311 so he could issue a $500 refund. The man called again soon after, requesting two additional payments of $380 to be sent to India, and the victim obliged, only to realize later that it was a scam.
A taxing scam: On Dec. 17, a resident of the 4900 block of Hamlet Avenue North called police to say she had received a call from a woman named “Shelly” who claimed to be with the IRS. Shelly told the victim she owed $11,997 in back taxes from 2004, 2009 and 2011. The victim them went to Walmart and bought $5,100 worth of prepaid debit cards and gave the woman the PIN numbers as payment. The victim now believes it was a scam.
Extra rewards: An officer went to SuperAmerica the afternoon of Dec. 18 after a man called to say his iPhone 5 had gone missing after he set it down while using the SA Rewards kiosk in the store. He forgot the phone and left, and surveillance video shows two white males signing onto the kiosk with their account information and then taking the iPhone. Police hope to identify the suspect by the SA Rewards account information.
Can’t touch this: A resident of the 6400 block of 56th Street North called police the morning of Dec. 12 to report suspicious activity after two men touched the back of her vehicle, which was warming up, while walking by. The resident thought the males were going to get inside and steal her car since it was running, she said. Then, however, she realized she had inadvertently locked the keys inside the vehicle and requested assistance opening it. The officer arrived and was able to help her gain entry to the car.
A sticky situation: An officer responded to the 500 block of Gentry Avenue North Dec. 16 when a resident discovered sometime in the last few days, someone had squirted Super Glue in the lock of his mailbox. There are no suspects. Damage is estimated at $100.