Purse-snatching in Arden Hills

Purse-snatching in Arden Hills

A deputy keeping an eye on a suspicious fellow the afternoon of Aug. 4 in Tony Schmidt Park saw him break into a vehicle and take a purse. The suspect then attempted to drive off, but didn’t get far. The 24-year-old Brooklyn Park man was arrested on a felony theft charge, along with his four passengers — two men and two women, all from St. Paul, and all with criminal histories.  All five were booked at the Ramsey County Jail. A second purse was found in the vehicle that also proved to be stolen at the park near County Hwy. 10. 

Bulletin Area police reports week of Aug. 14, 2013

Arden Hills Mounds View New Brighton North Oaks St. Anthony Shoreview Vadnais Heights

Arden Hills

• Thieves loaded up so much landscape material at a greenhouse outside a hardware store in the 3500 block of Lexington Avenue overnight Aug. 3, it appeared their truck nearly became bogged down in the sand. Plants, pots and bags of peat moss totaling about $1,000 were stolen.

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Mounds View

• A pair of male shoplifters working a drugstore and the Boy Scout Shop in the 2300 block of County Hwy. 10 July 30 were collared and the stolen merchandise recovered. The two men, in their early 30’s with no permanent address, were cited for misdemeanor theft.

• A pair of gold and diamond earrings were taken July 26 from an unlocked trailer in the 2200 block of Buckingham Lane while the owner was away. The loss was estimated at $835.

Illegal dumping
• Non-residents — one after the other — dumped trash into a dumpster the afternoon of July 24 at an apartment complex in the 5400 block of Jackson Drive. But license plate information provided by the caretaker on the white Dodge Ram pickup, the silver Ford Ranger and the gold Dodge Intrepid did not match vehicle descriptions on file. 

• Prowlers broke into two vehicles July 25 at the Park & Ride at County Road H and I-35W. Tools, CD’s and sporting equipment valued at $1,100 went missing.
• Thieves broke a car window the afternoon of July 26 in the 2400 block of County Hwy. 10, making off with two pair of sneakers, some gift-wrap and a lunch bucket. It’s unknown if there was a lunch inside the bucket. The loss was estimated at $125.

Trouble at the laundromat
• It started with a youngster sticking his tongue out at another at the laundromat July 27 in the 2500 block of Hwy. 10. By the time it was over, one mom had threatened to “get a gun and shoot” the other mom. Police arrived, followed by the would-be shooter screaming and kicking at the officer while lying on the floor. The 25-year-old woman was booked at the Ramsey County Jail on a felony terroristic threat charge. 

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New Brighton

Bully steals bike
• A seven-year-old boy came home crying Aug. 4 after playing with his brother at a County Road D playground and told his mom that an older boy had taken his bike.  Mom and the boys went to the playground and confronted a teenager who denied taking the bike. The bicycle was not recovered.

A fence?
• A woman westbound on Foss Road Aug. 3 lost control, went up on the sidewalk, continued driving on the sidewalk thinking it was the road, and crashed into a fence. The 50-year-old Mounds View resident was charged with third degree DWI, based on a previous conviction, and booked at the jail.

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North Oaks

• After the driver collided with a mailbox on Evergreen Court the night of July 25, a resident came out and confronted the man, then followed him home. The 16-year-old rang the bell and asked a woman if he could speak to her husband. The 41-year-old man denied hitting the mailbox but showed signs of drinking. The authorities were called and the suspect, who admitted to having “consumed five or six drinks,” was tested and found to have a BAC of .17 percent. He was booked at the jail on a DWI charge.

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St. Anthony

• A man followed shoppers around the big-box store July 22 in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road, harassing them and trying to pick a fight. The 58-year old was arrested and booked at the Hennepin County Jail on a disorderly conduct charge.
• When police responded to a report of a domestic dispute on the side of the road at Silver Lane and Fordham Drive July 24, the only one left at the scene was a 45-year-old man. When officers attempted a breath test, the man began to physically resist. He was cited for obstructing the legal process and transported to Ramsey County Detox.
• Officers investigating a report of suspicious activity July 27 at an apartment complex in the 3500 block of 38th Avenue N.E. arrested and booked a 31-year-old man for felony possession of a fifth-degree controlled substance and a 33-year-old man on charges of fleeing police and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

• An 18-year-old man who ripped a cell phone out of a 16-year-old boy’s hand July 28 in a vehicle on Silver Lake Road, then fled the scene, was collared by Brooklyn Park Police later that day and the $700 phone was recovered. An investigation continues.

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• A man went berserk Aug. 3 shoving his wife onto a bed and getting on top of her. The 26-year-old woman managed to call 911 even though her 26-year-old husband tried to take the phone away from her. “What set him off?” a deputy asked the victim. “It may have been when I told him I hated him,” she replied. The 26-year-old husband was booked at the jail on a gross-misdemeanor charge of 911-call interference.

Sad tale
• Snoopy, a tan-and-white Chihuahua was known for starring in his own ongoing animal complaint in the Churchill Street neighborhood. At one point Snoopy, usually on the run and eluding animal control, attempted to go home where he spent his days listening to a battery-powered radio — the house had no electricity — but failed to negotiate his doggie door. Fate finally caught up with the puppy; an off-duty officer left a Post-It note at Snoopy’s address July 25 indicating that the 10-month old dog was hospitalized with a fractured hip and internal injuries, apparently from a run-in with a car. It was the end of the road for the adventurous little Chihuahua: Snoopy didn’t make it.

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Vadnais Heights


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