Roseville/Bulletin police reports • Published July 22, 2018

Attempted kidnapping in Little Canada


 

Arden Hills

Burglary

A 54-year-old woman who lives in the 1800 block of Todd Drive told police she returned home July 11 and found she was missing tools, jewelry, shoes and $200 cash. Upon arrival she said the home’s doors were unlocked, though it’s unclear if they were when she left.

 

Falcon Heights

Stolen bikes

A 48-year-old man who lives in the 1400 block of Iowa Avenue told police July 15 that someone had rummaged through his car and then broken into his garage, stealing four bikes worth a total of $1,600.

 

Lauderdale

‘Car shopping’

Police have a term for when prowlers seek out unlocked cars by checking their door handles — it’s called “car shopping.” Some car shoppers hit Lauderdale in early July, with police taking six reports July 2 and 3, with another coming in July 6. For the first two days, thieves hit the 1600 and 1800 blocks of Pleasant Street, the 1600 block of Rosehill Circle and the 1700 block of Carl Street. In one instance, the car shopper used a garage door opener taken from an unlocked car to open a garage and rummage through another unlocked car. Elsewhere, a 28-year-old woman had her work computer and work badge stolen from her unlocked car. What’s the best way to avoid having your vehicle “car shopped”? Don’t leave any valuables inside it and always keep it locked.

 

Ditch the bikes

A 44-year-old man who lives in the 1900 block of Eustis Street told police July 1 that someone rummaged through his unlocked vehicle sometime overnight and stole a small amount of change. More interesting is the fact he found five bicycles ditched in his yard and a neighbor’s — one of the bikes belonged to that neighbor’s daughter. Also recovered from the area was a pair of women’s shoes, a baby bike and paperwork, which was connected to a person who reported a nearby car theft.

 

Khat

As officers attempted to stop a vehicle on Larpenteur Avenue at Highway 280 June 30, they saw an object thrown out its window. The vehicle stopped and officers found the object, a baggie that likely contained Khat, a stimulant. Police interviewed both the driver and a passenger in the car, and eventually arrested a 40-year-old man who was booked at the Ramsey County Jail for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.

 

Pool sharks

A 51-year-old woman who lives in the 1900 block of Eustis Street told police June 30 that someone slashed her above-ground pool and wrote on it in permanent marker, causing $1,800 worth of damage.

 

Little Canada

Attempted kidnapping

A 28-year-old woman told police she was walking in the 600 block of County Road D East around 3:30 a.m. July 14 on her way to a sibling’s home when a man in a sedan drove up next to her, grabbed her and tried to drag her into the vehicle. She got away and called the police. Deputies checked the area but the man wasn’t found. The woman was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

 

Mounds View

Arson

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle fire in the 2400 block of County Road I on July 13. The fire caused damage to multiple other vehicles and a building, and officers later figured out the fire had been set on purpose.

 

Making mom do it

A gas station reported a gas and go July 14 and tracked down the offending vehicle in a parking lot; it had the wrong plates on it. The person who did the deed sent their mother to the gas station to pay for the petrol.

 

Paw patrol

Officers received a call July 10 about an injured dog and took it to the Mounds View Animal Hospital.

 

New Brighton

Another stolen bike

A 43-year-old man left his home in the 1300 block of Mississippi Street for a bike ride the morning of July 18 and left the garage door open. When he returned, he noticed his son’s $250 bike had been stolen.

 

Scrappers

A 40-year-old woman told police July 12 that someone had stolen the catalytic converter from her car as it was parked in the 600 block of First Avenue NW sometime in late June or early July. It cost $800 to fix the car; thieves take the exhaust system part because it contains copper and other precious metals, which they sell to unscrupulous scrap yards.

 

Siphoning gas?

Someone reported the theft of four batteries out of a semi truck, worth $800 altogether, along with an unknown amount of gasoline siphoned out of the truck, in the early morning hours of July 16 at the rail yard in the 400 block of Minnesota Avenue.

 

Teachable moment

A 31-year-old woman who lives in the 200 block of 16th Avenue SE told police the morning of July 16 that someone had entered her unlocked car and then used the garage door opener to get into her house. The prowler then stole her purse, which contained her car keys, debit and credit cards, ID and cash, and then stole her car.

 

Shoreview

Check fraud

A 68-year-old woman who lives in the 4700 block of Cumberland Street told police July 10 someone had taken a check of hers and cashed it for $755.

 

Experienced shoplifter

Deputies caught up with a 33-year-old man in the parking lot of the Target in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue the afternoon of July 16. The man had in his possession a $322 baby monitor setup and gear for removing store security devices from merchandise.

 

Package theft

A 39-year-old woman who lives in the 4200 block of Victoria Court told police July 11 that at some point in the past 24 hours someone had stolen a package off her doorstep. It contained a Nerf gun and a Fitbit, together worth about $120.

 

Theft

A 19-year-old woman who works at a store in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue was caught July 11 with $325 worth of stolen merchandise and was cited for misdemeanor theft. It’s unclear if she still has a job.

 

St. Anthony

Business burglary

Officers responded to an alarm going off at the AT&T Store in the 2700 block of 39th Avenue July 2 and found its front entrance door window smashed and the door partially open. Inside it appeared that multiple display cell phones had been stolen, however, police could not get a hold of anybody who worked at the store to fully detail the loss. The Hennepin County Crime Lab processed the scene and officers ended up calling a company to board up the door since employees could not be contacted.

 

Garage burglary

A 43-year-old man told police July 4 someone had gotten into his attached garage in the 2700 block of 27th Avenue by using a garage door opener lifted from an unlocked car. The prowler took five bicycles from the garage; one of them was found in the man’s yard, two more were found down the street and two are still missing.

 

Package recovered

A 29-year-old man called the police July 5 to tell them Minneapolis police had called him to let him know that a package, worth $50 and stolen from his home in the 3200 block of 36th Avenue, had been found.

 

Stolen rental car

A 29-year-old woman told police July 6 she’d eaten at the burger joint in the 3900 block of Silver Lake Road and left the keys to a rental car she’d been driving inside the restaurant. She presumably left the car, a 2017 Hyundai, there too. She intended to get a copy of the key and return the next day and pick up the car, but when she returned, it was gone, and she confirmed that it hadn’t been towed. Police entered the car into the computer as stolen.

 

Roseville 

Theft

Thefts were reported:

• July 16 in the 300 block of County Road C

• July 16 in the 1900 block of County Road D

• July 16 in the 400 block of Glenwood Avenue

• July 16 at Kohl’s

• July 16 in the 500 block of Hilltop Avenue

• July 16 in the 2900 blokc of Matilda Street

• July 16 at Walmart

• July 16 at Rosedale Center

• July 18 at Kohl’s

• July 18 at Rosedale Center

• July 18 at LA Fitness

 

Motor vehicle thefts were reported:

• July 16 at Walser Buick GMC Roseville

• July 18 in the 2500 block of Beacon Street

• July 18 in the 2600 block of Victoria Street

 

Thefts from auto were reported:

• July 18 in the 1800 block of Chatwsworth Street

• July 18 at Rosedale Center

• July 18 at Grumpy’s Bar & Grill

 

Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct was reported:

• July 16 at Har Mar Mall

• July 16 at Joe Senser’s Sports Theater

• July 18 at Har Mar Mall

 

Property Damage

Criminal damage to property was reported:

• July 16 in the 2700 block of Griggs Street

• July 16 in the 2100 block of Hamline Avenue

• July 16 at Taco Bell on Larpenteur Avenue

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