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Hammer-wielding intruder steals CDs
Bulletin Area police reports week of July 16, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
Deputies checked on a report of a man slumped over the wheel in the lot of a grocery store in the 3700 block of Lexington Avenue just before 6 a.m. on June 25. They woke the man but the 28-year-old refused to exit the vehicle. The Shoreview resident was cited for gross-misdemeanor obstructing the legal process.
A pair of boys were collared rifling through a backpack June 24 in a parking lot in the 5400 block of Jackson Drive and pocketing the spoils. A 10-year-old and his 7-year-old trainee brother were cited for theft and released. The case was turned over to the Ramsey County juvenile attorney’s office.
Cooperative and not cooperative
Police were called to a hotel in the 2200 block of County Hwy. 10 about a pair of males refusing to leave the premises in the pre-dawn hours of June 28. Alcohol seemed to be involved. One man decided to leave and was not charged. The other, a 22-year-old out of Fridley, again refused to leave and was booked at the jail on a disorderly conduct charge.
Responding to a report of a domestic incident June 20, police found a 47-year-old man who had been scratched by the 36-year-old female suspect, no longer on the scene. Deputies are looking for the woman on a pending gross-misdemeanor charge of domestic assault, based on her previous record.
Answering neighbor concerns about barking dogs in a shed at a trailer park in the 1000 block of Montclair Avenue the afternoon of June 23, officers forced open the door and found two animals with no water source. The adult pit bull-bulldog mixes were taken to a vet’s shelter and the owner contacted by phone for some education. No charges were filed.
Answer your door
Burglars forced their way into a residence in the 700 block of Oakwood Drive N.W. during the daylight hours of June 27, making off with a list of items not released by police. NBPD reminds residents that daytime residential burglars will knock on your door to determine if the home is occupied. If no one answers, they will break in.
A 360-degree U-Turn
A 70-year-old New Brighton man finished his business at City Hall on June 30, got into his car parked out front in the 800 block of Old Hwy. 8 N.W. made a U-Turn and ran into the building. He was treated for his injuries by Allina and transferred to HCMC.
A tenant in the 800 block of County Road D called the building inspector July 3 about her concerns and now believes apartment management has it in for her. Here’s why: Someone loosened the woman’s toilet seat and down she went. A month later, someone trimmed all of her houseplants. Several weeks after that, gold, diamond and pearl jewelry was taken from a locked briefcase that only she had the combination to. And recently she found that 1350 prescription-strength ibuprofen tablets had gone missing. No suspects.
USPS delivered three packages of clothing from Old Navy to an address in the 1500 block of 23rd Avenue N.W. on June 27, while the homeowner was away. A thief picked them up.
It’s Norwegian for “theft” and the victim came all the way from Norway for a summer visit to have her $600 iPhone 5S stolen June 28 at a party in the 1200 block of Long Lake Road. “Everything in the phone was in Norwegian,” the 17-year-old told police. The GPS feature had not been activated.
Workers at a new home construction site in the first block of Monarch Lane arrived Monday morning June 23 to find their work trailer had been broken into over the weekend and thousands of dollars worth of power tools missing. The hasp on the door lock had been cut with a hacksaw. An inventory showed the missing tools were valued at $10,238, including an $800 Bosch rotary laser level.
In a lapse of sound criminal logic, a 17-year-old youth told police he had a physical confrontation with a car prowler June 26 in the 2500 block of Silver Lane. After extensive questioning, officers weren’t buying any of it, and, truth be told, it never happened. The boy was cited for false information to police and parents were informed.
Friends in low places
An 18-year-old house sitter invited a couple of teen males she thought were friends into the home on June 27, but the invitation turned out to be a recipe for trouble. The troublemakers, ages 16 and 19, caused damage to the home and took a laptop computer that belonged to a resident. A legitimate friend of the house sitter, an 18-year-old female, reported the loss of $50 and a cell phone from her purse. An investigation continues.
A pair of thieves each took a bicycle from an unlocked garage in the 2700 block of 31st Avenue N.E. on June 23, or, a lone thief made two trips to make off with the bikes. The loss was estimated at $350.
Following an alcohol-fueled ride on a stolen scooter, a tipsy teen was pulled over June 28 at Crestview Drive and Rankin Road and is now scheduled for an upcoming court appearance. After testing showed a .10 percent BAC, the 19-year-old male was cited for theft and underage consumption. The scooter was returned to its owner.
A homeowner in the 4200 block of Victoria Street arrived home the evening of June 29 to be greeted by a broken glass front door. The 56-year-old man went inside anyway, and then did a double take as a black male bounded down the stairs clutching a handful of CDs while waving a hammer. The suspect tossed the hammer into the dining room and fled out the front door. He was described as five-foot, 11-inches tall, medium build, and wearing blacks shorts and a black shirt. An investigation continues.
“Two drinks too many”
A driver got a deputy’s attention in the wee hours of June 26 by jumping a curb. An unsuccessful attempt was made to pull the suspect over and the chase was on, hitting speeds of 60 MPH in a 30 MPH zone. The 23-year-old Shoreview woman was finally stopped at Edgewater and Vivian avenues. When asked how many she’d had, the 23-year-old replied, “Two drinks too many.” After testing a whopping .27 percent BAC on the Datamaster, the suspect was off to jail on charges of gross-misdemeanor third degree DWI and felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle.
A woman called 911 and reported that her boyfriend had knocked her down outside a gas station in the 1000 block of County Road E the afternoon of June 21 and dragged the 22-year-old across the parking lot by her wrist. Witnesses verified the story and a pick-up-and-hold was issued for the 25-year-old White Bear Township suspect.
A woman who had apparently made a number of enemies at the bar on Hoffman Road before she was cut off and asked to leave, was assaulted outside at closing time, possibly by bar patrons. After she refused to get into the cab that has been called to pick her up, she began walking until several men yelled profanities and she was attacked by one man, described as white, six-feet tall, medium build with blonde hair. The 50-year-old Vadnais Heights victim was transported to St. John’s Hospital with bruises, scrapes and noticeable facial injuries. Deputies are looking for the blonde-haired man on a felony assault charge.