How to treat a virus

Bulletin Area police reports week of Nov. 19, 2014, for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights


Arden Hills

Bumper cars
Dozens of collisions and thousands of dollars in damages was the result of an early fall snow storm as drivers got a "crash course" in winter driving skills. A chain reaction occurred at Lexington Avenue and I-694 when Vehicle #2 rear-ended Vehicle #1. Vehicle #2 was then rear-ended by Vehicle #3 and Vehicle #3 was rear-ended by Vehicle #4.
Elsewhere, an SUV ran into a snowplow blade at County Road F and Victoria Street, and a deer bounced off a car at County Road E and Labore Road. One unlucky deer failed to survive the rutting season after it was found with its antlers caught in a cell phone tower fence on in the 1200 block of County Road F.

Mounds View

While the owner slept, a quiet burglar picked up an X-box gaming system, several games and the sleeping man's pricey Galaxy Note II cell phone after entering his unlocked trailer during the night, Nov. 3 in the 2200 block of Buckingham Lane. The loss was estimated at $1,160.

How to treat a virus
An Internet Crime Complaint Center virus may appear as a pop-up warning claiming that the computer user has performed major law violations. It will also make threats of prosecution. To avoid these prosecutions, it says, it will allow you to pay a "fine" avoiding more serious penalties. A local resident fell victim to this scam Nov. 3 and parted with $270. When the scammer demanded more, she called police. Guess what? All of these claims are fraudulent. The Internet Crime Complaint Center warning message is entirely a fake. Google "IC3" for more information on defeating this scam and removing this virus if it's locking up your computer.

A number of large windows, scrap lumber, even a bald tire were dumped Nov. 3 in Silver View Park. Mounds View Public Works cleaned up the mess.

He left the bowling alley in the 2200 block of County Hw. 10 just after dark the evening of Sept. 15, driving home in his Ford F-150. The next morning when he opened his locked garage door in the full light of day, he noticed that the truck's tailgate was missing.

A teen, ready to ride off from the 7600 block of Woodlawn Drive on Nov. 4, suddenly remembered his bike lock was inside. The lad ran in to get it but when he got back, his BMX style bike was gone.

New Brighton

A driver pulled over at Silver Lake Road and Inca Lane for no front license plate the evening of Nov. 4 got out of his vehicle and ran away during a police interview. Cops from five other agencies assisted in the search for the suspect and eventually a K-9 partner located the man under a deck behind a residence on Fifth Street N.W. The 26-year-old from Zimmerman, who was wanted on felony warrants out of Anoka and Wright counties for his arrest, will also be charged with feeing police on foot, false information to police, driving after license revocation and the missing plate. He was booked at the jail.

He was well prepared. His home alarm system on 10th Avenue N.W. was linked to his cell, but when the prowlers broke in Nov. 10, he was away from his phone. 30 minutes later, the burglars, who had entered through a window and left through the front door, were gone, along with three laptop computers and a cell phone. The 22-year-old man's loss, along with his roommate's, totaled $4,230.

Day-old truck
The driver at the dealership in the 1100 block of Silver Lake Road had just finished plowing the lot and had gone inside Nov. 11 when, just a little later, he noticed the truck was gone. "We've only had the new F-350 diesel one day," a manager told police. The white truck, equipped with a red "Boss V-plow" was valued at $50,000.
They'll steal anything, dept.
Forty used brake rotors, inside a fenced yard and awaiting a trip to the recycler, were stolen on Veterans Day from an automotive repair shop in the 2000 block of Old Hwy. 8 N.W. A prowler cut the lock to get to the rotors, valued at about $400.

North Oaks

Smells like shoplifting
A male shoplifter helped himself to a bottle of Fahrenheit Men's Cologne the afternoon of Nov. 9 at a drugstore in the 600 block of Hodgson Road before heading out the door. The thief was described as a 25- to 30-year-old black male, five foot-10 inches tall and wearing a black shirt and blue jeans. He got into the passenger side of a red van before it fled the scene.

St. Anthony

Dumpster divers
Two males spotted going through a dumpster behind a business Oct. 30, expanded their search, picking up items that were near, but not in, the dumpster. The divers fled the scene, but not before the employees got their vehicle's license number. The missing property was valued at $200.

Man down
A 66-year-old man went down Oct. 30 in the 3100 block of Old Hwy. 8. Testing .12 percent BAC but feeling no pain, the man refused medical attention.

Preteen punched in face
A 15-year-old boy on the school bus socked an 11-year-old lad in the face Oct. 29. The teen was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor assault.

Your table's not ready
The manager of a restaurant in the 2800 block of 39th Avenue N.E. called police about a really drunk male who wanted to order dinner on Oct. 30. The 29-year-old man, who scored a whopping .30 percent BAC on a breath test, was transported to HCMC for treatment.

There's nothing good on anyway
A man reported a prowler doing $800 in damage to his vehicle Oct. 29 in the 2500 block of Silver Lane to get his dash-mounted television valued at $200.

Making it easy
On Oct. 30, a 48-year-old man reported the theft of his son's bike valued at $499 from their garage. He wasn't exactly sure when the theft occurred. There was no forced entry, Dad said, because "the garage door is often left open." We're going to do these folks a favor and not reveal their location.


Abandoned cat
A juvenile cat was found recently in the 4100 block of Lexington Avenue. The male orange tabby was inside a carrier marked "St. Francis Animal Rescue of Tampa, Florida."

Vadnais Heights

A pair of 24-year-olds—one from Hugo, the other from Forest Lake—got into it Nov. 8 in the parking lot of a bar in the 3800 block of Labore Road. Deputies broke up the catfight, which included hair pulling and wrestling while rolling around in the parking lot. The two women were booked at the jail on misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges.

Criminal damage to property
Every single piece of copper pipe was stripped out of an unoccupied residence in the 3700 block of Edgerton Street. It happened sometime in the last half of October, said the home's owner, who lives next door. Scrap dealers have been alerted.

She left her purse in her car and thought she locked the doors Nov. 11 in the big-box store parking lot in the 800 block of County Road E, but there was no sign of forced entry. The 22-year-old disabled woman's loss included her phone and her purse containing cash and her SSI card.

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