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Funeral fund stolen in New Brighton
Bulletin Area police reports week of Aug. 13, 2014 for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights
A Motorola Bluetooth Roadster speakerphone, as well a several other items valued at a total of $300, were stolen around mid-day from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 1700 block of Parkshore Drive. Authorities again made the frequent observation that removing valuables and keeping cars locked are an effective deterrence to theft.
A 17-year-old girl was transported to a local hospital by her mother after consuming alcohol at a friend’s house July 26. A test showed the girl had a blood-alcohol level of .13 percent. She was cited for underage consumption.
A 45-year-old Blaine man ran up a bill of $68 for drinks at a County Hwy. 10 bar the evening of July 26, then staggered out the door without settling up. Police were called and found the man in the 2400 block. He was transported to a local hospital on a psych hold.
A thief pried open an SUV tailgate in the 2600 block of Scotland Court July 23, making off with a pricey specialized Secteur bike as well as a Garmin Zumo MC GPS unit. The total loss was estimated at $3,200.
A city employee at Lambert Park dealing with a children’s class left her backpack containing her iPhone 4S unattended briefly on July 24. The backpack and phone were stolen. A message to thieves: A man in Scotland admitted in court recently to stabbing an alleged iPhone thief to death last summer after tracking him down using his “Find My iPhone” feature.
The young and the restless
Police ended the noisy merriment among entry-level drinkers in the pre-dawn hours of July 19 at a hotel in the 2100 block of Program Avenue. Heading to court on underage consumption charges are two 20-year-old males from Fridley and Columbia Heights and a 17-year-old boy.
“That’s odd,” the neighbor thought, seeing the dog next door spending an inordinate amount of time in the yard Aug. 1. “He’s usually just out there long enough to do his business.” The neighbor called police, but by then the burglars were gone. They left behind a kicked-in door and a ransacked house in the 2500 block of 22nd Terrace N. W. More than $8,000 worth of jewelry and watches, along with a Dell XPS tablet, was taken.
A vehicle being driven erratically was stopped July 26 at County Road E and Oakwood Drive for lack of a front license plate. The driver, a 26-year-old local woman, was asked to step out and perform FSTs. The woman, who had previous alcohol-related convictions in 2010 and 2012, did not do particularly well on the FSTs, and her 2004 Audi A6 Quatro was impounded for forfeiture. Items in the car prior to impounding included a 9mm handgun found in the front passenger compartment that had been reported stolen out of Minneapolis. The driver, who tested .08 percent BAC on the Datamaster, was booked at the jail on charges of gross-misdemeanor second degree DWI and driving after license revocation. The gun issue remains under investigation.
Although healthy, the 92-year-old woman saw the handwriting on the wall, so she withdrew $6,000 in cash for her upcoming funeral expenses. That cash, along with “four or five” gold chains and a “solid gold” figurine were reported stolen on July 24. The Bulletin feels it best to not reveal the location of this burglary.
There goes that Honda again
A ‘98 green Honda Civic was reported stolen July 23 from an apartment building parking lot in the 2600 block of Rice Creek Road. An identifying character mark on the Honda dashboard is damage from a previous theft.
USPS delivered a pair of $148 ASIC sneakers July 3 to an address in the first block of Oriole Lane and left them on the front step. A thief picked them up.
A loud muffler will increase your chances of getting caught driving with a revoked license and no insurance, at least it did July 21 for the 28-year-old man pulled over on 32nd Avenue N.E. and Silver Lake Road.
Criminal sexual conduct
A 14-year-old girl told police that she was “touched sexually” by a 16-year-old male relative while she was visiting family July 21 in the 2500 block of Lowry Avenue. An investigation continues.
A customer was satisfied with the repairs to his vehicle July 23 and drove off. Whoops, he did so without settling up, stiffing the shop in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road to the tune of $210. The suspect has been identified and police are closing in.
UPS delivered an envelope containing legal documents July 23 to an address in the 3500 block of Silver Lake Road. A thief picked it up.
An open trailer containing business equipment was left in a parking lot in the 2800 block of Anthony Lane on July 22. When the owner came out, he was light several items, totaling $1,850.
Medics taking a dinner break behind a grocery store in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue July 27 saw a man acting strangely, staring at the propane tank storage area. The man said he was bi-polar and was having a panic attack. Noticing a handgun by the tanks, the medics called police. The 27-year-old St. Paul man, having been convicted of felony burglary and controlled substance violations in 2013, was taken into custody on a “probable-cause felon in possession of a weapon charge.” The gun, a loaded Smith & Wesson Colt .45 revolver, which the suspect admitted was his, was confiscated by deputies.
They’ll steal anything dept.
Suspects forced the door to a vacant trailer in the 1500 block of Hall Street overnight July 23 and removed three sheets of wood paneling that had been installed in the home’s living room. The paneling was recovered behind a shed down the street. The homeowner at that address pled innocent.
Deputies are looking for a 35-year-old woman who, following a Narcotics Anonymous meeting, made a racist comment to her 36-year-old fiancee. He objected and she slapped him silly. The woman, who had a record of previously assaulting her fiancee during their 10-year-engagement, threatened to kill them both and was last seen heading for a nearby trailer park. No word on the wedding date.