In surveillance video, three people with their faces covered steal cigarettes and cash from Lake Elmo Market early Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. The manager is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction. (Submitted photo)
The Lake Elmo Market is offering a $2,000 reward for information on three people who shattered a glass door and stole cigarettes worth $5,000 and cash from the store just before 1 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.
“I want them caught, so people know we’re not just going to be quiet about it,” said manager Ramiz Saadeh.
There were three attempted break-ins in the last year at the convenience store and gas station at 11025 Tenth St. N., prior to the recent burglary, according to Saadeh.
A motor vehicle accident in November at an Oakdale business left a shoplifting suspect’s vehicle with a broken windshield and a former police officer with a sore foot.
A woman suspected of stealing an 18-volt battery and charger kit valued at $99.99 from Mills Fleet Farm on Hadley Avenue managed to evade a loss prevention employee the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov. 13. The suspect then got into a silver Chrysler 300, which did not have license plates, and drove off, though not before running over the foot of a former police officer who was nearby.
Nearly two years after a priest at an Oakdale Catholic church accepted a $120,000 check from an elderly man, the Maplewood Police Department ended the criminal investigation against him where no charges were ever filed.
A 5-year-old Maplewood boy is currently in fair condition after being hit by a SUV in the parking lot at a party facility in Oakdale the evening of Nov. 15.
Oakdale Police say the boy, identified by family members as Weaver Elementary kindergartener Jakob Schafer, was chasing a bouncy ball in the parking lot of Pump it Up, located at 7045 6th St., when a "dark SUV" hit him around 7:30 p.m.
A former Washington County sheriff’s deputy was convicted last week of misconduct by a public employee and illegal possession of prescription drugs after he was caught illicitly accessing and stealing from the county’s drug disposal bin earlier this year.
Oakdale resident Ricky Harry Gruber, 44, was originally charged with felony drug possession, felony theft, misconduct of a public officer and unlawful possession of pharmacy drugs. The theft charge was dismissed, and Gruber pleaded not guilty to four of the charges.