“Old habits are hard to break” Bulletin Area Police Reports - 1-28-15

Bulletin Area police reports week of Jan. 28, 2015, for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights

Arden Hills

Dog bites man
A man was out for a walk on New Brighton Road the evening of Jan. 11 when an unrestrained Doberman pinscher came out of a driveway hell-bent-for-leather, lunged and sunk its teeth into the man's left arm. Luckily for the victim, he was wearing a heavy jacket and was only startled, not injured. The dog continued to harass the victim for another block before giving up. A deputy sheriff turned the case over to Ramsey County Animal Control.

Mounds View

Arrests
Officers were called to the 2100 block of Program Avenue Dec. 30 on the report of an "unresponsive male," arresting a 27-year-old Zimmerman man on charges of third-degree DWI, second-degree blood-alcohol test refusal, open bottle and expired vehicle registration. His 2005 Dodge Caravan was impounded for forfeiture and he was booked at the Ramsey County Jail. A 37-year-old male passenger from Columbia Heights was booked at the jail on a warrant for his arrest for unpaid child support.

Flying under the radar
Counterfeiters are now attempting to avoid detection by using small bills, hoping they won't be looked at too closely. Five-dollar and $10 fake bills turned up recently at a drugstore in the 2800 block of County Hwy. 10. Hey counterfeiter, producing and/or passing counterfeit currency, no matter how small the denomination, is still a federal felony.

Felony theft
A pair of pricey Swarovski binoculars, valued at $2,500, were reported stolen Dec. 30 from a vehicle parked in the 8400 block of Pleasant View Drive. There was no sign of forced entry.

They'll steal anything dept.
A shoplifter walked out of a convenience store Jan. 15 with a $5 roll of duct tape.

New Brighton

Arrested and booked
A witness reported a vehicle "spinning doughnuts" in the wee hours of Jan. 5 in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 800 block of County Road D. The 32-year-old Fridley man, who had been down this road before, went on to fail FSTs. He was booked at the jail on a blood-alcohol test refusal charge and his 2003 GMC Yukon was impounded for forfeiture.

A Fridley woman was stopped the evening of Jan. 4 for speeding through the parking lot of a Silver Lake Road liquor store. After failing FSTs, the 49-year-old driver was booked at the jail on a charge of gross-misdemeanor third-degree blood-alcohol test refusal. Her new, 2014 Ford Focus was impounded for forfeiture.

"Old habits are hard to break"
An officer driving near the unsecured lot of a car dealer in the 1100 block of Silver Lake Road in the pre-dawn hours of Jan. 17 saw a shadowy figure by the new trucks. When he turned in to investigate, the shadowy figure took off in a dead run. Other squads responded and the shadowy figure was boxed in and stopped running. No evidence of vehicle tampering was found. When asked what he was up to, the man said he was "looking at new trucks. " When he asked why he ran, the man said, "Old habits are hard to break." The 18-year-old local was booked at the jail on a charge of "fleeing police on foot."

St. Anthony

Big trouble
A Columbia Heights man with a revoked license and a BAC of .11 percent ran a red light at County Road 88 and 29th Avenue N.E. Dec. 27 and banged into another vehicle. That's a lot to answer for and the 60-year-old was booked at the jail for DWI, DAR and the red light violation.

Theft
The woman did not want to leave her briefcase in her car Jan. 10 for fear of it being stolen, so she took it into the grocery store in the 3900 block of Silver Lake Road where it was stolen out of her cart. The thief couldn't relate to the business papers inside, so dumped it nearby. The briefcase was recovered.

Thumpa thumpa
A resident at the trailer park in the 2500 block of Lowry Avenue warmed his vehicle Jan. 10 to the tune of pulverizing sounds from the car radio — until someone turned it off and took the car keys. Three suspects in the area have been identified and an investigation continues.

Shoreview

Domestic assault
"It's three in the morning, who's this?" It sure wasn't Jake from State Farm. When the girlfriend went through her 54-year-old boyfriend's phone at 3 a.m. Jan. 11, she found messages from another woman. The 48-year-old girlfriend called and things got dicey. The boyfriend punched the girlfriend and grabbed his phone, but not before the girlfriend got off a call to 911. The boyfriend was jailed on a pending domestic assault charge and more discussion promises to occur after his release.

The Island Lake prowler
An employee at Island Lake Elementary School looked out the afternoon of Jan. 7 to see a prowler smash a car window, grab a purse and jump into a waiting vehicle driven by a woman. The prowler was described as black, six-foot three, 250-pounds and wearing a black Carhartt jacket. The Fossil purse and contents were valued at $600, the victim, a parent visitor, told a deputy.

Burglarus interruptus
A DeMar Avenue resident returning home in the early evening of Jan. 8 saw her patio door curtains blowing in the breeze. When she opened the front door she was greeted by her computer, television, speakers and other electronics piled just inside. The would-be victim hastily left and called 911. The only room inside that had been ransacked was the master bedroom. Missing was jewelry, a replica handgun and a safe that had been under the bed. A neighbor reported that a strange van that had been seen in the neighborhood about the time of the burglary. The name of a "suspicious" acquaintance that knew the location of the safe was turned over to deputies. No forced entry to the home was found.

Quick police work
A trailer containing a pair of snowmobiles, a 2004 Polaris and a 1998 Arctic Cat, was stolen overnight Jan. 2 from the yard of a home in the 400 block of Owasso Boulevard. The machines and trailer were recovered the next day in the 4100 block of Lexington Avenue. The trailer lock had been cut and the registrations numbers on the snowmobiles had been scratched off. Footprints in the snow at both locations were a match. An investigation continues.

Vadnais Heights

Dine & dash
Following a big breakfast the morning of Jan. 15, at a restaurant in the 1000 block of County Road E, three men and a woman decided to bail on the $54 bill. The four adults in their late 20s were last seen heading south in a black PT Cruiser. No word on the tip.

Dog bites dog
A woman was running with her dog in the 3800 block of Clover Avenue Dec. 28 when a pitbull mix came out of its yard in a dead run and attacked her canine companion. The vet bill for the runner's dog was $200 and the case was turned over to Ramsey County Animal Control for further investigation.

The grandson scam
When granddad got a call purportedly from his grandson, granddad said "You sound different." "I've got a cold," the caller replied, and went on to say he needed money for bail and legal fees to get him out of a Mexican jail. At that point a man, supposedly from the U.S. Consulate, came on the line and warned granddad not to contact anyone or it would "jeopardize the bail agreement." The money needs to be sent, not to Mexico, but to Port-Au Prince, Haiti, in the form of a Moneygram. Moneygram translates into "You'll never see it again," the only honest statement in this story. When granddad reported the scam, he told the authorities he thought the personal information the caller had came from Facebook. The loss was $3,568.

 

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