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Bulletin Area police reports week of June 4, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
Here’s a tip for criminals out there: Two men drove to a drugstore in the 3500 block of Lexington Avenue the morning of May 16. One man went in and asked for two cartons of cigarettes. The clerk had them in hand when the 40-year-old suspect grabbed them, dropping one carton and heading out the door with the other. Police were called, and it wasn’t long before a Roseville officer spotted the ‘99 Olds and the men — a white male wearing black ball cap and hoodie and a black male, the driver, at Lexington Avenue and Woodhill Drive. The suspects were quickly collared. Now here’s the tip: If the suspect had waited for the clerk to set the smokes on the counter before grabbing them and fleeing, the crime would be a theft; a misdemeanor. But because he grabbed them out of her hands, the suspect, age 40, was charged with a robbery: a felony. The driver, age 47, was charged with aiding and abetting a felony. Both men were booked into the Ramsey County Jail.
A resident at an Ardmore Avenue trailer park was arrested for disorderly conduct May 15 after confronting a park maintenance worker who was attempting to clean up a vacant site. The woman told an officer that the worker was “causing her dog to bark.”
A 12-year-old boy shoved a teacher at Oak Grove High School May 19 and then took out whatever was bothering the preteen on a $450 window. The case was referred to the county attorney’s office on pending charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.
A 13-year-old girl was shot in the neck with a BB gun May 17 in the backyard of her home in the 5300 block of Quincy Street. Those involved convinced police that the shooting was not intentional. Unhappy parents told an officer, “Oh yes, we will handle it.” The victim was not seriously injured.
Stopped for running a stop sign May 10 at County Road I and Long Lake Road, the 38-year-old Fridley woman was also arrested for third degree DWI, driving after license revocation and failure to provide proof of insurance. She was booked at the Ramsey County Jail.
Unruly youths threw and kicked around up to a dozen plant sets and flower bouquets the evening of May 20 at a florist’s free-standing display at a strip mall in the 2500 block of County Hwy. 10. Three teen males—two age 15 and one 16—were arrested and petitioned into Ramsey County Juvenile Court on disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property charges. The damage was estimated at $100.
A burglar opened the unlocked door of an occupied apartment in the 5700 block of Quincy Street the afternoon of May 16 and grabbed a $300 Xbox 360 gaming system.
Things went from bad to worse for a 28-year-old Idaho Falls man May 16 when his pickup truck was first checked by police in the parking lot of a hotel in the 1800 block of Old Hwy. 8 N.W. The plates on the vehicle had been reported stolen in Elk River and were found mounted on top of his legitimate plates. Attempts to find the owner were initially unsuccessful, but it wasn’t long before he was pulled over for running a Hwy. 96 stop sign. The truck was impounded, and the man was cited for possession of stolen property and false information to police. He also showed signs of having ingested meth, and after a trip to Regions Hospital he was booked at the Ramsey County Jail.
A woman arriving home from work in the 1100 block of County Road D May 20 discovered her Samsung Galaxy tablet valued at $550 was missing. The only person who had been in the residence that day was her daughter’s boyfriend. Mom didn’t know the boyfriend’s age or address, but said he was planning on taking a bus to Nashville, his hometown, that afternoon. Pawn shops were notified.
A man in charge of a group of youths selling subscriptions without permits was arrested May 27 on Marsh Lane. The company he works for, Ultimate Unity out of Michigan City, Indiana, is considered a scam operation by authorities. Both the customers, who do not receive delivery of magazines ordered, and the youths themselves, who do not receive wages or expenses as promised, are considered victims of the scam. The 39-year-old suspect, who had no ID and gave the name of a hotel in Bloomington as his home address, was booked at the jail for trespassing.
Criminal damage to property
The fourth hole must be a tough one. Deputies are unsure if it’s frustrated golfers or trespassing kids that have targeted the men’s bathroom near the fourth green at the golf course at 54 East Oaks Road. Cleaning up urine sprayed on the walls and TP holders was necessary on four occasions in May.
Ready for summer
A male juvenile found hiding in a bathroom at Silver Point Park Wednesday morning, May 14, was returned to school in Fridley. Mom was informed.
Hey! No fire in the fire pit!
Church elders did not appreciate youths starting a fire behind the church on Chelmsford Road on May 17, even though the fire was in the fire pit. They called police, the fire was extinguished, and parents “took custody of the juveniles.”
Only junk in the trunk
A duffer walking into the parking lot at Gross golf course May 18 saw several suspects enter her vehicle and pop the trunk lid. When the prowlers saw the 50-year-old woman heading their way, they fled the scene. No damages, no theft.
Now you see it...
Now you don’t. A Hilldale Avenue resident told police that an acquaintance had been in her home, sitting next to a table May 18. On the table was approximately $525 in cash, checks and gift cards. When the resident, who is 80, looked again, the cash, checks and cards were gone. She confronted the suspect who refused to open her purse before fleeing the scene. The senior citizen called police and the suspect, identified as a 50-year-old woman, was mailed a citation for theft.
A man was rushed to a hospital May 5, suffering from a heroine overdose. The 29-year-old was mailed a citation for possession of a hypodermic needle.
A 29-year-old man who crashed into a house in a stolen vehicle May 10 was collared at 37th Avenue N.E. and Silver Lake Road and charged with felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle, felony possession of stolen property, felony obstruction of the legal process, felony criminal damage to property, gross-misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and driving after license revocation. He was booked at the Hennepin County Jail and more charges are possible pending the results of a blood test.
No body extremities blown off yet, but it’s early in the explosives season. Fireworks valued at $89 along with a small amount of cash went missing overnight from an unlocked garage in the 500 block of Bear Avenue.
A pair of suspects ran out of a discount store in the 900 block of County Road E on May 18 carrying a pair of JBL wireless Pulse Bluetooth speakers and a Panasonic camera that they had shoved into a duffel bag. “This is the same pair that stole items from our store yesterday in Shoreview,” an asset protection employee for the chain told deputies. One of the low-functioning thieves, a 19-year-old St. Paul man, is known to store security.