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Thief survives drilling hole in gas tank
Bulletin Area police reports week of May 7, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
A thief was observed on closed-circuit video April 27 at a grocery store in the 3700 block of Lexington Avenue selecting $78 worth of Oil of Olay anti-aging products, placing them in her purse and attempting to leave the store with the unpaid acquisitions. The three jars of pricey products were confiscated and the 33-year-old White Bear Lake woman, who was charged with theft, will now age just as fast as the rest of us.
Two laptop computers were reported stolen the afternoon of April 28 at Bethel University. A $600 Toshiba went missing from the ceramics studio hallway and a $1,300 MacPro was taken from an unidentified location. No suspects.
She may not have needed another reason why he’s her ex-boyfriend, but she’s got one now. A 31-year-old Lino Lakes man was charged with domestic assault for roughing up the 29-year-old local. The ex was booked at the Ramsey County Jail April 13 on a domestic assault charge.
Thieves “popped the lock” on a garage door April 15 in the 7100 block of Silver Lake Road, making off with a Lincoln arc welder, a Napa floor jack, a two-wheel dolly and a pair of jack stands. The total loss was estimated at $979.
Luckily, no sparks
A gas thief, possibly a quart low himself, took a chance of being re-created as a human fireball by crawling under a vehicle parked at a County Hwy. 10 movie theater April 13 and drilling a hole in the gas tank. No suspects.
Officers responded to a report of a “domestic assault involving a weapon” April 15 but found only a grandmother yelling at her grandson for playing with a BB gun. The 10-year-old, no stranger to trouble, was cautioned and the BB gun was secured.
A 22-year-old man, sitting in his vehicle at a trailer park in the 5000 block of Old Hwy. 8 April 19 talking on his Samsung Galaxy Note 3, was face-punched and relieved of the $800 phone by an unknown assailant.
Acting on a tip, Edgewood Middle School staff searched a 13-year-old boy’s locker April 17, finding a three-inch pipe that contained suspected marijuana residue. The youth was cited by the school resource officer for possession of drug paraphernalia.
A 23-year-old Forest Lake woman on her way to a medical appointment April 23 collided with a 69-year-old Columbia Heights woman leaving from a medical appointment. The two met up on the service drive north of I-694. Both drivers said they did not know how the crash occurred. Neither motorist was injured.
A white North Face backpack with a Lenovo computer inside an unlocked Saturn station wagon parked in a driveway in the 600 block of Fourth Avenue N.W. was stolen April 26. The total loss was estimated at $450.
It’s not what you would call a tough area, so when a 12-year-old Shoreview boy said he had a knife at Chippewa Middle School for “protection,” it raised some eyebrows. Acting on a tip, school officials searched the lad’s locker April 29 and when they got to his pencil box, the suspect said, “I think you’ll find something in there.” He was right--the knife was recovered and the preteen was transported to the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center on a charge of “possession of a dangerous article on school grounds.” A description of the knife was not released.
About 20 individuals involved in a heated argument April 20 in Silver Point Park over god-knows-what, at the same time tossing f-bombs and threats all around, were ordered by police to disperse. All but one did. That 15-year-old, continuing with the yelling and profanity, was cited for disorderly conduct and released to his mother.
Arrested for felony possession of meth, felony possession of a stolen car and wanted on a Scott County felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance April 16, the 24-year-old woman was quickly on her way to the Hennepin County Jail.
They’ll steal anything dept.
A suitcase, a number of children’s books and a quantity of stationery, total value of $120, went missing from a garage April 15 in the 2500 block of Silver Lane.
This is not a good sign. A snowplow, valued at $3,000, was stolen off the front of a company vehicle April 16 in the 2800 block of Anthony Lane. Residents are reminded that days will become shorter beginning next month.
Third time’s the charm
The third insurance violation in Minnesota within ten years gets you special recognition--a formal complaint charging you with a gross misdemeanor. The 42-year-old woman racked up number three for failure to provide proof of insurance on April 18 in the 2500 block of Kenzie Terrace.
A six-year-old Brittany spaniel mixed it up with a four-year-old golden retriever-Labrador mix the afternoon of April 22 at the Rice Creek Regional Trail dog park. The Brittany suffered a one-inch avulsion, or torn ear, and needed a vet’s attention. While the smaller Brittany may not be considered a “small dog,” owners of smaller dogs are cautioned about letting their pets run loose in area dog parks where fights or dog-on-dog assaults are possible.
A shopper at a discount store in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue left his cell phone on a countertop April 27. When he returned a few minutes later, the Samsung Galaxy S-2 was gone. Surveillance video showed a male picking up the $600 phone, exiting the store and getting into a vehicle. License plate information was captured and deputies went to the suspect’s address where the phone was found. The 35-year-old suspect said he planned to return the phone to the store but “wanted to charge it first.” He was cited for gross misdemeanor theft pending approval of the city attorney.
The trio resembled the stooges more than the three wise men. One was the thief, one was the lookout and the third was the driver. They were easily spotted on surveillance video removing infant clothing from hangers and placing the items into a large purse April 22 at the big-box store in the 800 block of County Road E. Two did manage to flee the scene in a blue Kia, but the third, a 24-year-old female from Minneapolis, was collared and cited for theft.
Charitable gambling proceeds benefiting the White Bear Lake Hockey Association and totaling $758 went missing on three separate occasions between December and March at a sports bar in the 1400 block of County Road E. An employee is under investigation in the case, which has been turned over to White Bear Lake Police.
Thieves, already preparing for shorter periods of daylight and the resulting colder weather, stole a “kids-sized” Artic Cat 120 snowmobile April 24 off of an unsecured trailer parked in the yard of a limo rental operation in the 3500 block of Hoffman Road. The green sled with red-and-white decals was valued at $1,200.