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He knew as soon as he saw the ad on Craig’s List; tickets to the Justin Timberlake concert in St. Paul would make his girlfriend very happy. So he made the deal; meeting the seller at an Arden Hills gas station the afternoon of Feb. 8. It set him back $300 but now he had tickets for great seats in hand, and off they went Feb. 9 to the Xcel Energy Center. But they never made it to the seats - the counterfeit concert tickets were rejected by the scanner. People looking for tickets to concerts or sporting events are advised by a Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department investigator to deal only with legitimate ticket sites or authorized brokers.
Thieves pried open the garage service door then the door to the kitchen of the residence in the 2400 block of Sherwood Road, during the day Feb. 19, making off with a large-screen Sony television valued at $600 that had been on the porch.
Just stupid, or a cry for help?
A 14-year-old boy started a fire on a table in an art class Feb. 25 at Edgewood Middle School. The fire was quickly put out and the boy faces possible arson charges following an investigation.
The report didn’t say whether it was a Ninja Turtle, Batman or one of the Walking Dead, only that it was an action figure that the young lad was collared for pocketing at the drugstore in the 2300 block of County Hwy. 10 the evening of Feb. 25. “Some bigger boys told me to do it,” the 9-year-old told an officer. No charges were filed but you can bet that parents are involved.
There goes another smartphone
After picking up a sticky-fingered 16-year-old boy for stealing an iPhone 4S at the Edgewood Community Center Feb. 25, police learned he was responsible for another phone theft - a Motorola - earlier that day. The iPhone 4S was recovered at the suspect’s address but the Motorola smartphone had already been sold, according to the report. The youth was transported to the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center and petitioned into juvenile court for both thefts.
There goes another smartphone
A customer who forgot her purse at a sandwich shop March 3 in the 1100 block of Silver Lake Road called a half-hour later and was told the purse had been found hanging on a chair. The purse, however, no longer contained her $450 Galaxy S4 smart phone. An investigation ended with a 19-year-old male employee admitting taking the $450 phone, giving it away, and saying it could not be recovered. He was cited for theft.
Where’s the beef?
Surveillance video March 5 showed a black male wearing a black jacket, black cap and blue jeans, walking out of the store in the 2600 block of Rice Creek Road March 5 with three packages of beef tenderloin, valued at a total of $80, concealed in his jacket. The man, also suspected in thefts of filet mignon steaks on Jan. 31 and Feb. 8, was last seen driving off in a maroon PT Cruiser.
A White Century Freightliner semi tractor valued at $18,000 disappeared during a 12-hour period March 5 from a lot in the 500 block of County Road D.
A 43-year-old man was locked up tighter than a canned ham at the Ramsey County Jail Feb. 19 on charges of felon in possession of a handgun, felony possession of meth - a fifth-degree controlled substance, felony failure to register as a predatory offender and possession of a hypodermic syringe and other drug paraphernalia.
A circular saw on a pivoting arm, commonly referred to as a “chop saw,” was reported stolen Feb. 17 from a work site in the 2500 block of 38th Avenue N.E. The power tool was valued at $900.
A woman left her purse on top of her vehicle while she was arranging things inside. When she reached for her purse, it was gone. A 15-year-old boy was identified as the culprit and arrested. The loss was estimated at $100.
It started with a fight about money, and when the 25-year-old boyfriend pushed his 24-year-old girlfriend down, slamming her head on the floor, she went outside and called 911. The boyfriend then trashed the house, and fled the scene. He was found later in the area and booked at the jail on charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
Asset protection folks at the big-box store in the 800 block of County Road E collared a youth who attempted to leave Feb. 16 without paying for $47 worth of DVDs, including two bleak horror movies, one of which shows thugs in animal masks using crossbows to pick off screaming, bleeding attendees at a family reunion, and the other, a nightmarish film depicting zombies also engaged in unpleasant activity. Bad taste aside; a theft charge against the 16-year-old Mahtomedi youth is pending approval of the county attorney. The teen was released to a grandma.
A bomb threat was received Feb. 22 at the big-box store in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road. The building was evacuated and searched by St. Anthony firefighters and Hennepin County Sheriff deputies using K9 partners. No bomb was found.
Asset protection folks at the chain of big-box stores across the metro are looking for a thief who switches the tags on electronics, pays the lower price and then returns the item for the true price. The last incident on Feb. 4 involved an X box machine purchased for $149 at the County Road E location, then returned for $449.