Mail thief at work in New Brighton

Mail thief at work in New Brighton

Outgoing mail — including greeting cards, checks to pay bills, even a job application complete with personal information including a social security number — were stolen from curbside boxes Aug. 10 on Longview Drive and Sunnyside Terrace. The boxes had the red flags raised, indicating to the postal carrier, as well as the thief, that the boxes contained outgoing mail: for whoever gets there first.   

Bulletin Area police reports week of Aug. 21, 2013

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

Arden Hills

Dog bites dog
• A young lad was brushing his border collie-lab mix on Karth Lake Drive Aug. 6 when a Scottie named Murphy came into view. The mix charged after the Scottie, who was on the other end of a leash held by a professional dog walker, and bit Mr. Murphy on the snout. Animal control verified that both participants were current on their shots and no tags were issued.

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Mounds View

• Following a traffic stop Aug. 2 at County Hwy. 10 and Silver Lake Road, an adult male, 18, was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia; a male, 17, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and an unbelted juvenile male, also 17, wasn’t getting off scot-free: he was cited for the seatbelt violation.

• Two women ate and drink their way to a big, $63 tab at a nightclub in the 2200 block of County Hwy. 10 the night of Aug. 2 then bailed on the bill. No suspects.

• A caregiver working in a Greenfield Avenue apartment had two payroll checks bounce in successive weeks. She told police. An officer looked into the matter and accompanied the caregiver to the bank Aug. 6 with her next paycheck. It was cashed successfully.

Out-of-control male
• Police answered a call the afternoon of Aug. 4 from a 30-year-old wife who was in fear of her safety after her husband pushed her down. Officers arrived and were confronted with “an out-of-control male.” The 30-year-old man fought with officers and was arrested on charges of domestic assault and gross-misdemeanor obstructing the legal process with force. He was booked at the jail. An officer was injured in the struggle.

• A Spring Lake Park woman was at a get-together at a motel on Program Avenue the night of Aug. 3. Some of the others in the room, she knew, others she didn’t. When it was time to leave, the 29-year-old was light $330. Lots of suspects.
• Officers responded to a report of dopers smoking weed the afternoon of Aug. 5 in a vehicle parked outside a business in the 2300 block of County Hwy. 10. Nothing remained but the odor of pot when officers arrived, but the vehicle proved to be stolen. The 20-year-old St. Paul woman behind the wheel was booked at the jail on a felony charge of possession of stolen property.
• Catalytic converters were stripped from two vehicles overnight Aug. 5 in the 2600 block of Scotland Court.

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New Brighton

• A drunk, worked up about receiving the wrong food order the night of Aug. 10 at the drive-thru window of a fast-food restaurant in the 1100 block of Silver Lake Road, yelled and swore at employees through the intercom. Police were called and the 47-year-old Arden Hills man was booked at the jail on a drunken driving charge after first failing FSTs and testing .18 percent BAC.
• Unpleasantness between a man and a woman occurred as she dropped him off at an apartment on 21st N.W. when the 29-year-old attempted to take the pizza they had bought, with him. The woman tried to get the pizza back and the man threw it at her, hitting her in the face. Next he shoved her into the car door, dumped her purse out and threw her sunglasses and e-cigarette into the parking lot, breaking them, before going inside. The victim called police and the man was arrested on a domestic assault charge.
• Hanging pots of flowers — four of them — went missing in the night of Aug. 11 from the front of a residence in the 1700 block of Tioga Boulevard. The loss was estimated at $120.

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North Oaks

• A Heron Lane resident, awakened by noise in the pre-dawn hours of July 15, quickly realized he had interrupted a burglary. Items were stacked by the doorway and a suspect was on his way outside. A chase ensued but the burglar got away. No forced entry was found.

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St. Anthony

• A 16-year-old boy was booked at the Ramsey County Jail July 31 on an outstanding warrant for his arrest for felony robbery.
• A woman who fled the big-box store in the 3800 block of Silver Lake Road Aug. 2 with $507 in stolen merchandise was quickly identified and arrested. The 25-year-old was booked at the jail on a felony theft charge.
• A man who was caught red-handed with a $4,700 bad check at a bank in the 3900 block of Silver Lake Road Aug. 2 was charged with felony check forgery. The 33-year-old was also wanted on an Illinois felony warrant for his arrest and was booked at the jail on the warrant.

Gee, I wonder why?
• The suspected firebug was as welcome as two halves of an Oreo cookie with nothing in between. The 30-year-old woman was picked up on Stinson Boulevard July 31 on an outstanding Hennepin County gross-misdemeanor warrant for her arrest for arson after a call about an “unwanted party.”

He did it again
• The man wanted on outstanding Scott and Crow Wing County warrants for his arrest for driving after license suspension was arrested at Lowry Avenue and Stinson Boulevard July 29 for driving after license suspension. He was booked at the Hennepin County Jail on the warrants.
• A cab driver on Foss Road reported that a drunk got in the back seat Aug. 3 but passed out before he could give the driver his destination. Unable to arouse the drunk, police were called and an officer delivered “the heavily intoxicated man” and his .17 percent BAC to Ramsey County Detox.

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Vadnais Heights

• A woman slugged another woman in the back with a cue stick during a pool game the night of June 20 at a bar in the 3500 block of Labore Road. An off-duty deputy working at the bar broke up the scuffle and an investigation continues.

Rabbit welfare
• Animal Control responded to a report of a rabbit kept outside an apartment building in a pet carrier “24-7.” The “owners,” a little girl and her family, were told the rabbit was wild and needed to be released. The animal was turned over to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Roseville where staff said the rabbit needed to be “wilded up” before being released. How that’s done, we’re not sure.

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