Robbery on Rice Street

Bulletin Area police reports week of Feb. 11, 2015, for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights

Arden Hills

One-person crime wave
Described by an investigator as a one-person crime wave, a woman just released from jail on fraud and identity theft charges was spotted by an employee rummaging through three vehicles in the lot of an office building in the 1200 block of County Road E a little before 7 a.m. Jan. 29. After attempting to crawl through an unlocked reception window, the woman gave up, got in a car and attempted to drive away, but employees blocked her. Deputies arrived and took the suspect, who was now attempting to flee on foot, into custody following a brief struggle. Authorities believe the 46-year-old stole from unsuspecting kids, the elderly, churchgoers and other people using unsecured lockers in places like health clubs and dance studios, throughout the metro area. The suspect, who was also wanted on two Ramsey County felony warrants for her arrest, has a lengthy criminal history and served time in 2011 for fraud and identity theft, was booked at the Ramsey County Jail. Authorities believe her bizarre history was the result of meth use and a gambling problem.

Three blind mice
Decked out in masks and gloves, the trio was hoping for a big score after breaking the glass front door at a convenience store overnight Jan. 30 in the 1300 block of County Road E. But like blind mice, members of the trio could find nothing to steal. To save face, one burglar grabbed a handful of cheap cigars on his way out. Video footage is undergoing scrutiny.

Mounds View

It's almost tax time
Someone asked "did you ever notice that when you put 'the' and 'IRS' together, it spells "theirs?" Some people get worked up at tax time and one such disgruntled fellow was arrested Jan. 26 at a tax prep office on County Hwy. 10. The 22-year-old, without a permanent address or refusing to say where he was from, was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing the legal process and false information to police. He was booked at the jail.

A driver wandering around in his lane willy-nilly at Clifton Drive and Highway Avenue in the wee hours Jan. 24 eventually put his vehicle in the ditch. The 49-year-old New Brighton man was booked at the jail on charges of gross misdemeanor, third-degree blood-alcohol test refusal and "failure to maintain lane."

New Brighton

"Quite a bit"
That’s what the driver said when an officer asked him how much he had had to drink after stopping his pickup truck with no headlights just after midnight Feb. 1 in the 900 block of County Road D. After failing FSTs and testing a whopping .22 percent BAC on the Data Master, the 49-year-old local man was booked at the jail for second-degree DWI. His 2004 Nissan was impounded for forfeiture.

Hearing a knock on his door Jan. 27, the homeowner in the 2500 block of Innsbruck Court, believing it to be a solicitor, ignored the knock. Earlier that day a package was delivered and left outside his door that the homeowner had yet to pick up. A little while later, both the "solicitor" and the UPS package containing two T-shirts, valued at $44, were gone.

Thieves broke into a self-storage locker in the 200 block of Fifth Street N.W. Feb. 4, removing the "entire locking mechanism, including the renter's lock," from the door. The loss included an air mattress, kitchen equipment, engineering textbooks, a Bissell vacuum, a 55-inch Visio TV and a set of dumbbell weights. The loss totaled $4,600.

North Oaks

Nice shower
A scrapper hit the jackpot overnight Jan. 22, entering a home under construction through an unlocked door in the first block of Monarch Court and stripping away the copper tubing and five showerheads in the master bathroom. The cost of labor and materials to repair the damage was estimated at $5,000.

Adding insult to her injury, a wallet was stolen from a purse in the middle of the day Jan. 14 at a physical therapy clinic in the 200 block of Village Center Drive. Credit cards belonging to the 63-year-old patient were quickly used at four area stores to the tune of $614. An investigation continues.

St. Anthony

Drinking problem
Just getting started on a checklist of alcohol-related offenses Jan. 18 was a teenage male arrested at Silver Lake Road and County Road E. The 18-year-old checked off three of them — underage possession of alcohol, underage consumption of alcohol and possession of an open bottle in a vehicle.

Wants and warrants
Officers checked out several suspicious folks at a trailer park on Lowry Avenue Jan. 23, finding a 25-year-old woman wanted on an outstanding Isanti County gross misdemeanor warrant for her arrest for fourth-degree assault on a police officer. She was booked at the Hennepin County Jail.

You name it
And he did it. A 20-year-old was arrested Jan. 19 at Silver Lake Road and 29th Avenue N.E. for underage drinking and driving, blowing a .06 percent BAC and blowing through a stop sign. He was also charged with driving after license suspension and no proof of insurance.


Robbery on Rice
A man answered his door the afternoon of Jan. 14 in the 3100 block of Rice Street and one of two Hispanic males both 25-30 years of age, put him in a headlock, reached in his pocket and made off with $400 in cash. "They may have known I had the money," the victim said. One suspect was described as stocky, and wearing blue jeans and a black hoodie. The second was described as six-feet tall and wearing a black sweater and Dockers.

An iPhone, car keys, a wallet containing credit cards and $120 in cash, even the victim's pants, were taken out of a man's locker at a health club in the 3700 block of Lexington Avenue the afternoon of Jan. 17. The lock may not have been snapped shut, as no forced entry was found. A black male in his 20's, wearing a black shirt and pants and a gray hoodie, quickly used the credit card at a nearby drugstore. The suspect has been in the store before, an employee told deputies. An investigation continues.

Vadnais Heights

Cat recovery
Tonka the orange tabby was left behind when the County Road D apartment residents moved out. Three weeks later, the male cat was found in the apartment, and the severely dehydrated feline was taken to the Animal Humane Society in St. Paul for treatment of frostbite. After treatment, AHS contacted the owner that had originally adopted Tonka and who claimed the cat had been missing for more than three years. They were reunited.

Driveway melee
A 21-year-old man was assaulted outside his Oak Leaf Drive home the night of Jan. 27 after he went out to investigate people throwing rocks at his window. The man and his 21-year-old brother confronted eight to 10 people in his parents' driveway where the man was assaulted. Fifty-year-old Mom soon joined the fray. Deputies arrived and the victim was taken to a hospital by his dad to be checked out. An investigation continues.

A 2013 Polaris Ranger utility vehicle valued at $14,000 was stolen over the Jan. 24 weekend from a secured Xcel Energy storage lot in the 1400 block of Willow Lake Boulevard. The thief removed the vehicle from a trailer and drove it through a fence.


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