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Snowblower meets its fiery demise in Oakdale
Police reports published Jan. 29, 2014 in the Oakdale - Lake Elmo Review
Worth two in the bush?: Oakdale Police were called to the 600 block of Grafton Avenue mid-day on Jan. 16. A resident told police there was possibly an injured eagle that had been standing in her backyard for several hours. An officer went to investigate, discovering that the ‘eagle’ was actually just an old shrub.
Learning a lesson: A 22-year-old woman was arrested in the early morning hours of Jan. 17 after police received an alarm call from the KinderCare Learning Center in Oakdale. Upon arrival, the officer saw that a vehicle had struck a utility power box after going into the snowbank in the parking lot. The driver exited the car, showing signs of intoxication and failed a field sobriety test. A preliminary breath test showed her blood alcohol concentration was .272, more than three times the legal limit. The passenger in the vehicle appeared to be having a panic attack, but the fire department determined they did not need medical assistance. The car was towed.
Going down in flames: An officer was sent to the 1800 block of Helena Road North the evening of Jan. 14 after a resident reported their snowblower was on fire. Upon arrival, the officer pushed the snowblower down the driveway and into a snowbank, dumping snow onto it to put out the flames. The Oakdale Fire Department also responded to the fire.
Neglect of a Child
O brother, where art thou?: Police responded to the 6900 block of 10th Street North Jan. 8 after a man called because his neighbor, a 7-year-old girl, was locked out of her apartment. The girl approached him as he was leaving the building and told him her 14-year-old brother was supposed to be home. Police were able to contact the girl’s mother, who was at work. After an hour and a half, the 14-year-old came to the door from inside, saying he had fallen asleep and didn’t hear the knocking, yelling, alarm or phone calls. The officer notified the child’s mother of the incident.
Is that three bottles of whiskey in your pants, or…: On Jan. 10, around 12:30 p.m., an employee of Furlong’s Liquor called Oakdale police to report a theft that had taken place the night before. A man had concealed three bottles of whiskey (estimated value: $260) in his pants and left without paying. The employee believes the suspect, a black male in his 30s or 40s weighing about 300 pounds, is the same person who was involved in an unreported theft that took place in July. A tri-county alert was sent to identify the suspect.
Five-finger discount: An officer was dispatched to Sports Authority the evening of Jan. 10 after two men in their 20s walked out of the store with three North Face jackets, valued at $680. The suspects left in a tan four-door car, and an employee believes one of the men has been involved in several thefts at all of the store’s metro area locations. A tri-county alert was issued.