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Truly Minnesotan theft in North Oaks
Bulletin Area police reports week of July 23, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
A man pulling weeds outside a business in the 3700 block of Dunlap Street July 1 was robbed by a pair of no-accounts who asked him for a cigarette. “Sorry, don’t smoke,” the weed-puller replied. One of the thugs then and brandished a knife with a six-inch blade and demanded cash. The 28-year-old victim pulled out his wallet, took out a $10 bill and said, “That’s all I’ve got.” One man grabbed the $10 and the pair took off eastbound, on foot. They were described as white males in their 20s, one with dark hair and the other with dirty blonde hair. An investigation continues.
The only fireworks on on Todd Drive July 4th involved a catfight and a folding knife. A pair of 19-year-old hot-tempered local women who don’t seem to like each other very much began arguing about an old boyfriend. That led to pushing and shoving and one teen stabbed the other in the arm. Medics were called and the victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A felony assault charge is pending against the other teen.
An ASUS laptop computer and a Kindle reader, total value estimated at $500, were reported stolen July 6 from an unoccupied residence in the 5500 block of St. Michael Street. The homeowner said he might have forgotten to lock the door.
“I thought my friend paid for it,” the Fridley woman said after she was arrested July 5 for walking out of the drugstore in the 2300 block of County Hwy. 10 with a $2.99 pool noodle. The 25-year-old was cited for theft.
A half-dozen Fridley teens running through backyards and generally acting obnoxious on Knollwood Drive the evening of July 6 were collared and given rides home by police after area residents reported the disruptive activity. One 15-year-old boy was cited for disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Following a July 6 trip to County Hwy. 10 from Minneapolis, a 43-year-man gave the cabbie a credit card for the $58 fare. The card was declined. The cabbie wanted to swipe the card again, but the passenger was afraid of being charged twice. Police were called, and, after some negotiation, the officer, the cabbie and the passenger went to a nearby ATM machine. The credit card was declined again and the passenger was arrested on a theft charge.
He met the stranger in Dinkytown on Friday, June 27, and she agreed to spend the weekend at his place in the 1200 block of 10th Street N.W. He went to work on Monday, the 30th, and when he returned the woman was gone, along with two computers and two gold bracelets. The loss was estimated at $1,000.
A New Brighton woman who reported the theft of her Samsung Galaxy tablet that had gone missing from her vehicle July 7 was contacted by Maplewood Police who said they had recovered it. A Maplewood officer had gained access to the password, which revealed the owner information. When asked where he had gotten the tablet, the suspect was still trying to come with an answer as Maplewood police took him into custody.
Only in Minnesota
A powerful $600 Mosquito Magnet, equipped with 20-pound propane tank, went missing around midnight July 10 from the front yard of a residence in the first block of Lake Court. Suspects include mosquitos, mosquito lovers and haters, scrappers and run-of-the mill thieves.
A man was arrested June 30 near the Lowry Avenue mobile home neighborhood and charged with expired registration, operating an unregistered vehicle, operating an uninsured vehicle, driving after license suspension and failure to obtain Minnesota registration within 60 days. The 60-year-old man was booked at the Hennepin County Jail on an outstanding warrant for vehicle registration violation. Or was he?
Rubbed the wrong way
A 22-year-old customer had a bad feeling July 1, accusing a worker at a massage parlor in the 2500 block of Hwy. 88 of massaging parts of herself that she would rather not have rubbed. The 55-year-old man, who denied the allegations, was booked at the Hennepin County Jail on a pending charge of felony fourth degree criminal sexual conduct. An investigation continues.
Deputies broke up a gaggle of disruptive teen girls outside a restaurant in the 1000 block of County Road E early in the morning of July 13. A 15-year-old, who was knocking heads with a 14-year-old and who had a BAC of .18 percent, was arrested for underage consumption. She was transported to the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center.
An Osprey backpack filled with professional climbing equipment including ropes, clips and tools, and valued at a total of $5,316, was reported stolen from a vehicle overnight June 28 parked at the end of a driveway in the 100 block of Hemlock Lane. No forced entry was found.