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Disturbance at Domino’s in Arden Hills Grazed by a bullet at the bar in Little Canada
Arrests, Thefts and more
Someone got into a tuck-under garage that was left open overnight into April 7 in the 4400 block of Arden View Court. The prowler went through a car parked inside, stealing all of $5 of change. The thief also had his or her choice of getaway vehicles, stealing both a $70 bike and $100 skateboard.
On April 8, someone got into an unlocked garage and the unlocked car parked inside it in the 1300 block of Arden View Drive, stealing $25 worth of change, a Garmin GPS, a Samsung phone and the cord with which to charge it.
Disturbance at Domino’s
An apparently drunk and armed 19-year-old from Isanti showed up at Domino’s Pizza in the 3500 block of Lexington Avenue around 10 p.m. April 6 demanding his girlfriend leave the pizza place with him. When the 18-year-old woman said she’d rather not go with him, the man accused her of cheating. He angrily pulled out a handgun and he exited the store, fired shots into the air, pointed the gun at his head and reportedly said, “You’re making me do this.” He then hopped into his car and drove off.
Police responded to the pizza place on a report of shots fired. They tracked down the 19-year-old on Interstate 694 at Victoria Street, “upset and quietly sobbing,” according to the police report, after he was pulled over. Deputies didn’t find the gun in the car, but upon reviewing squad dash cam footage, they saw the man throw it out the window as he was pulled over. Police found the Smith and Wesson revolver near a highway fence.
Following his arrest, the man allegedly told police, “All I know is I was at Domino’s Pizza, I left to go home and all of a sudden I got pulled over by 20 f---ing officers.” After that the man stopped answering questions.
The revolver came back as stolen out of Robbinsdale in 2015. Police contacted the man’s mother, who said he’d recently been released from jail for a DWI arrest last year in Chisago County. She also told police the man kept the handgun in a safe in his room.
In the end, he was arrested for felony terroristic threats and felony receiving stolen property.
Tax season scam
A 70-year-old man is out $4,100 after a caller convinced him he owed the IRS a debt, as reported April 5. The scammer demanded payment in Apple iTunes gift cards, which the man purchased, giving the scam artist the gift card numbers over the phone. Only after the fact did the 70-year-old realize something fishy was going on. The lesson is two-fold. First, the IRS will only contact you by mail regarding tax issues. Second, absolutely no government agency will let you pay money owed with gift cards. The scam is under investigation.
Police picked up a 28-year-old man from a gas station in the 1600 block of Snelling Avenue March 28 — he was arrested for fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance, likely meth. He was also arrested for an outstanding Ramsey County warrant for second-degree assault, and was booked at the Ramsey County jail.
The passenger in a car stopped March 29 in the 1700 block of Snelling Avenue was arrested for an outstanding trespassing warrant out of Ramsey County. When booked at the Ramsey County Jail, it was found the 40-year-old man had stolen credit cards, which were seized. Police are investigating.
Police arrested a 50-year-old St. Paul woman for second-degree driving while intoxicated after she was stopped march 29 at Snelling and Roselawn avenues. She blew a .18 blood alcohol concentration and was also cited for an illegal turn at an intersection and illegal stopping.
Lies, lies, lies, yeah
Usually when someone lies to police it’s because they’ve got something to hide. So was the case of the 26-year-old woman stopped at Snelling and Larpenteur avenues March 27 — she was arrested and cited for giving false information to police. The cover up? She had an outstanding warrant out of Kandiyohi County for assault, which got her booked at the Ramsey County Jail.
Someone stole $8.06 worth of stuff from the SuperAmerica in the 1300 block of Larpenteur Avenue March 27 — they stuffed the merchandise in their bag and left without paying, driving away in a car. Employees jotted down the person’s license plate number and police think they know the culprit’s identity.
A 44-year-old woman who lives in the 1400 block of Larpenteur Avenue told police March 30 someone stole one of the license plates off her car. Police will keep an eye out for it.
As reported March 31, a 59-year-old woman told police her daughter, who lives with her, had threatened to kill her. The mother wanted the 31-year-old daughter to be charged, so she was booked at the Ramsey County Jail on felony terroristic threats. According to the mother, the two had not been getting along.
You will be ticketed
A driver stopped March 30 at Larpenteur and Cleveland avenues was cited for texting while driving.
A 25-year-old man was arrested March 29 at Eustis Street and Larpenteur Avenue for outstanding Ramsey County warrants for interfering with a 911 call and possessing a pistol without a permit. He was booked at the Ramsey County Jail.
Curfew, permit violation
Police stopped a 17-year-old kid at Larpenteur Avenue and Highway 280 April 1 and arrested and cited him for a provisional license violation — he was out and driving too late, between the hours of 12 and 5 a.m. He was also cited for being out after curfew.
A 39-year-old man who lives in the 1700 block of Malvern Street told police April 1 he’d been threatened by his neighbor. When police came to talk to the 53-year-old neighbor, as is his style, the man didn’t answer the door. Police mailed the man a citation for fifth-degree assault as well as another, for violating a harassment restraining order.
Giving up and graffiti
“I think you caught us,” said the 16-year-old boy who’d just been seen with his 16-year-old girlfriend trying to hide after they’d been spotted spray painting at the pavilion in Pioneer Park in the 2900 block of Centerville Road the evening of April 9 as police caught them. The boy said he was the one doing the graffiti; his girlfriend was just hanging out. Their parents were called and charges might be pending.
Grazed by a bullet at the bar
A 30-year-old woman from Maplewood was grazed by a bullet at a bar in the 2500 block of Rice Street at closing time April 8. She told police the shot came from a black Cadillac Escalade; police noticed damage to a wooden patio consistent with the line of fire. The woman had a nearly 2-inch long cut on her leg where she was hit. White Bear Lake police may have pulled the Escalade over that same night — the driver said they’d been at that very bar — but the driver was sent on his or her way.
Someone called police the morning of April 5 from the 2200 block of McMenemy Street to report a large white dog that had growled at them.
He kept the keys!
On April 6 a man trying to sell his car thought he had a potential buyer, a man and his girlfriend. He let them handle the car keys and see the inside of the car, but the man declined to buy the vehicle. He and his girlfriend left in their own car — the thing was, they’d kept the other man’s keys.
A 47-year-old man reported the theft of $1,180 worth of tools, including ladders, extension cords and air hoses, from a construction site in the 2500 block of County Road H2 on April 12.
A 25-year-old woman was stopped April 7 at County Road H and Long Lake Road and arrested for fourth-degree DWI and speeding.
The next day, police stopped a 28-year-old woman on Interstate 35W at Coutny Road J for her inability to stay in a lane. She was arrested for fourth-degree DWI.
A 64-year-old man was pulled over April 9 for failing to signal a lane change and other violations at County Road H and Mounds View Boulevard. He was arrested for third-degree DWI after he blew a .17 blood alcohol concentration.
Someone slashed the tires on a car parked in a driveway in the 5200 block of Greenfield Avenue April 9, causing some $600 worth of damage, according to the 44-year-old woman who owns the car.
A 31-year-old man is the prime suspect in the ongoing theft of painkillers and other medications from a residence in the 5300 block of Jackson Drive. A 58-year-old man and 31-year-old woman reported the thefts April 11.
A 38-year-old woman’s $700 phone was stolen from the Mermaid Event Center April 10.
Terroristic threats at Holiday
Police arrested a 22-year-old man at the Holiday gas station in the 2700 block of Mounds View Boulevard April 10 after he got rowdy and began threatening employees.
A 60-year-old man told police April 6 someone had stolen an outgoing check from his mailbox at his house in the 700 block of Ninth Avenue NW. The $60 check had been washed and altered to be in the amount of $480; the now fake check was cashed at a Wells Fargo bank. When contacted, the bank said it couldn’t find a record of the check being cashed. Police are investigating.
Gas, go, repeat
Petrol thieves were out in force in New Brighton. On April 8 someone pumped $35 worth of gas into a car with stolen license plates at the Exxon in the 200 block of County Road E2 and drove off without paying. A driver in a Ford Explorer stole $35 worth of gas from the Circle K in the 200 block of County Road E April 9; the Explorer’s plates belonged to a Buick Lesabre. And as reported on April 12, the Circle K in the first block of Silver Lake Road was hit for $40 worth of stolen gas by a female driver who left without paying.
The afternoon of April 5 four men in their 20s entered the EZ Stop in the 500 block of Old Highway 8 and stole some stuff — a bag of chips and a 20-ounce bottle of soda. They got into a white Cadillac with Wisconsin plates and drove off.
A man who appeared to be high on something asked a person for a ride home early in the morning of April 8 in the 1200 block of 10th Street NW. That person called police on the man; officers showed up and initially the man gave police a false name. Police figured out the man, a 36-year-old, had multiple warrants out for his arrest, so he was booked at the jail.
A 31-year-old told police his $150 phone was stolen while he was at the New Brighton Community Center in the 400 block of 10th Street NW April 8.
A thief stole the title and radio from a car parked in the 1300 block of Seventh Street NW April 8. The 44-year-old owner of the car said the prowler damaged the dashboard of his car and small items were strewn throughout it.
A 57-year-old St. Paul woman faces fifth-degree assault charges after she attacked a 45-year-old woman and a 28-year-old woman while she was being fired from a job in the 5900 block of Rice Creek Parkway. The younger woman was choked — she had marks on her neck — while the other woman was knocked backwards and thrown into a wall.
Dine and dip
A man and a woman ran out on $60 worth of food from the Green Mill in the 1000 block of Gramsie Road right around midnight on April 11. The getaway car was registered to a woman who lives in Hinckley, but the server who talked to police said the driver’s license photo associated with the car didn’t match the woman who skipped out on the bill.
A couple of 15-year-old boys got into it April 7 at the Shoreview Community Center in the 4500 block of Victoria Street, with one of them punching the other in the face multiple times, bloodying the kid’s nose. Apparently, the boy who was hit had insulted the other boy’s sister. For his part, the kid who threw the punches admitted he’d lost his cool after he and his sister had been picked on by the boy with the bloody nose, and others; he told police he wished he hadn’t done it. The County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case for possible charges of third-degree assault.
Also at the community center but on April 11, two boys fought in the parking lot. One had a portable speaker, the other claimed it had been stolen from him. One of the kids was banned from the community center.
An April 2 dispute over noise between a renter and landlord in the 3300 block of Roosevelt Court turned physical when the landlord, a 35-year-old woman, slapped the tenant, a 30-year-old man. The man declined to press charges.
Police responded to the Subway sandwich shop in the 2900 block of Pentagon Drive April 1 because a customer was refusing to pay for a $2.13 drink. The man, a 34-year-old, told police he was locked out of his house, had no money and asked to be arrested. Police obliged and he was taken to the Ramsey County Jail for misdemeanor theft.
Someone found a 17-year-old’s wallet in Salo Park, which is near the Caribou Coffee in the 2700 block of 39th Avenue NE. The boy said the wallet had gone missing at the coffee shop. Missing too was roughly $35, which had been in the billfold.
A textbook example of the grandchild in jail scam was reported to police March 27. A 74-year-old woman is out $12,000 after a scammer called her, claiming to be her grandson, who was stuck in jail. It was all a lie, and she won’t be seeing that money anytime soon. Don’t trust people calling out of the blue, even when they claim to be family.
A 33-year-old man is the prime suspect in the theft of a $749.99 phone from a dental office in the 3900 block of Silver Lake Road March 31. It seems like he may have been a patient and this was a crime of opportunity.
A 30-year-old told police March 27 he’d sent $500 to a person in Georgia regarding a rental property, though he later found out the whole arrangement was a scam.
Burglaries were reported:
• April 10 in the 200 block of North McCarrons Boulevard
• April 10 in the 2500 block of Lexington Avenue
Thefts were reported:
• April 5 at Motel 6
• April 5 at Wal-Mart
• April 5 in the 2500 block of Charlotte Street
• April 5 at Har Mar Mall
• April 10 at Iona Lane and Cleveland Avenue
• April 10 in the 2200 block of Snelling Avenue
• April 10 at Rosedale Center
• April 11 in the 2400 block of Fairview Avenue
• April 11 in the 2900 block of Marion Street
• April 11 in the 500 block of Sandhurst Drive
• April 12 in the 2200 block of Lexington Avenue
• April 12 in the 2500 block of Lexington Avenue
• April 12 at Gordmans
• April 12 at Har Mar Mall
• April 12 at Kohl’s
Motor vehicle thefts were reported:
• April 11 in the 1000 block of Larpenteur Avenue
• April 11 at University of Northwestern
Thefts from auto were reported:
• April 10 in the 2000 block of Oakcrest Avenue
• April 10 in the 3000 block of Long Lake Road
• April 11 at LA Fitness
• April 11 at Holiday Inn Express
• April 12 at Rosedale Center
Shoplifting was reported:
• April 10 at Rosedale Center
• April 10 at Kohl’s
• April 11 at Cub Foods on Larpenteur Avenue
• April 12 at Rosedale Center
Disorderly conduct was reported:
• April 5 at Acorn Park
• April 5 at Boston Market
• April 10 at Motel 6
• April 11 at Cherrywood Pointe Senior Living
• April 11 at Burger King on County Road C
• April 12 at Motel 6
• April 12 at Roseville Area High School
• April 12 at Har Mar Mall
Criminal damage to property was reported:
• April 10 in the 2200 block of County Road C
• April 10 in the 1100 block of Larpenteur Avenue
• April 12 in the 2300 block of Dale Street