Gas thieves caught in M.V., S.A., V.H.

Gas thieves caught in M.V., S.A., V.H.

The third time’s the charm
• His license plate had been recorded at two previous gas drive offs, but this time the vehicle owner was identified as the fill-and-flee driver. The 48-year-old Forest Lake man was mailed a citation Feb. 24 for theft.

Dumb move
• An alert employee at a station in the 3800 block of Stinson Boulevard shut off the pump Feb. 22 when she noticed the vehicle receiving the gas had no plates. The pump read $6, and the thief drove away with less than two gallons. The 22-year old was later caught, paid for the gas and was cited for driving after license revocation and failure to display license plates.

Relentless investigation
• A $46 gas drive off Jan. 29 at a station at County Road E and I-35E led to a surveillance video picture of the vehicle plate. A contact letter was sent to the owner of record who said he had sold the vehicle two years earlier to an auto broker. More investigation led to the name of a new owner who was contacted and said she had sold the vehicle two weeks earlier. That 20-year-old St. Paul woman then called back and admitted she had not sold the car and was the suspect police were looking for. She was mailed a citation for misdemeanor theft.

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Arden Hills

Wrong place, wrong time
• “It’s so easy when they come to you,” said a deputy regarding the arrest of a woman who was driving through private property behind the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Patrol Station in Arden Hills just after midnight March 6. The deputy, who was gassing up his squad car, asked the motorist if he could help her. “Am’s tryeen to fine my hoshtel,” the Mandeville, La. resident said with a slur which led to failed field sobriety tests. The 25-year-old, who had a BAC of .16 percent, twice the legal limit, was booked at the Ramsey County Jail on a DWI charge.

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Mounds View

Criminal damage to property
• The 2013 graffiti season kicked off Feb. 21 with a vacant building window sprayed in the 2400 block of County Hwy. 10. Property management was notified. No suspects.

Oh, oh
• The preteens couldn’t wait for the bell; instead they shared a doobie right there in the Edgewood Middle School bathroom. Oops, in walked a teacher and — busted! The two 12-year-old girls were cited Feb. 20 for pot possession.

• While the customer was in the fast food restaurant in the 2200 block of County Hwy. 10 the evening of Feb. 17 picking up his dinner, a prowler was in the parking lot breaking his car window and picking up his iPhone and a bag of clothing. No suspects.
• A man’s diamond ring and a Nook e-reader, total value of $899, disappeared during a party Feb. 23 in the 7600 block of Woodlawn Drive. Police are interviewing folks on the guest list.

There goes another Honda
• A 1997 Honda Accord disappeared the evening of Feb. 24 in the 2500 block of Hillview Road.

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New Brighton

• A man and a woman just released from police custody hailed a cab in downtown Minneapolis on March 1. Arriving at 14th Street N.W. and Silver Lake Road, the man reached over the seat and grabbed the cabbie’s cell phone. The cabbie grabbed it back. Everyone exited and the male passenger slapped and pushed the cabbie. The pair of passengers, claiming they had no money, began to walk away. The cabbie called police and the 24-year-old Brooklyn Park man and the 23-year-old Granite Falls woman were quickly back in police custody on theft charges.
• A curious officer stopped a man March 4 at 13th Avenue N.W. and North Court because his license plate appeared to be paper-clipped to a license plate underneath it. “I was on my way to do a gas drive off,” the man said, “but decided not to.” The stolen plate was returned to a nearby resident and the 37-year-old Stillwater suspect was cited for theft.

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North Oaks


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St. Anthony

• Teens getting an early start on wrecking their health were introduced to an ordinance involving tobacco possession Feb. 21 at SAVHS. Parents of the 15-and 16 year-old boys were advised.

Inept attempt
• An inept thief attempted to steal a $3,500 trailer from a construction site in the 2600 block of Kenzie Terrace Feb. 21 but it separated from his truck as the thief turned a corner. No suspects.

• A 15-year-old youth was given a stern talking-to by police after he was identified Feb. 24 as the culprit who had been shining a laser light into homes on Skycroft Drive. Parents were advised.

• A customer at a hair salon in the 2700 block of 39th Avenue N.E. Feb. 18 was disruptive and refused to leave. The help called police and the woman was removed and told to not return.

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• After a long day at work March 5, the girlfriend had one thing in mind, to get some sleep. That’s not what the boyfriend had in mind — he grabbed her by the throat and threw her against the wall. A 911 call brought deputies who took the 35-year-old local man to jail on charges of domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct. The 28-year-old victim, who had a sizable contusion resulting from her head banging into the wall, declined medical attention.

• Driving dad’s car, the daughter made a trip to the liquor store on Rice Creek Parkway back in January. She forgot about it until a deputy’s recent call following up on her dad’s license number retrieved from a surveillance video. A passenger had said he wanted to run in and pick up a couple of bottles. She also remembered him running out, but didn’t think much of it at the time. Turns out the friend had stolen the spirits — a bottle of Grey Goose and a bottle of Ketel Citroen — both high priced vodkas. The 23-year-old Shoreview passenger was mailed a citation for the $64 theft.

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Vadnais Heights

• They met at an AA meeting and things had been going along well until the end of February when the 45-year-old woman began drinking again. On March 3, she punched the 73-year-old ex-boyfriend, who she still lived with, in the eye. He called a friend, the friend called 911 and the woman was taken into custody on domestic assault, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct charges.

Batting practice
• The ex-boyfriend no doubt regretted his decision to let his ex-girlfriend spend the night, March 3. The 56-year-old man said, “Okay, as long as you leave right away in the morning.” Apparently not a morning person, the ex-girlfriend grabbed a ball bat at 7 a.m. and started swinging at him. She smashed a mirror in the bedroom, pottery in the living room and dented a stove in the kitchen. The ex-boyfriend suffered only a blow to the hand before the woman left the scene. Deputies are looking for the 30-year-old on a felony second-degree assault charge.

Drinking problem
• After observing a “really drunk” man in a car outside a bar March 2 in the 3500 block of Labore Road, witnesses took his keys and called the authorities. The 46-year-old Louisiana man walked away but was picked up by deputies and jailed on three warrants for his arrest, including one for gross misdemeanor DUI.

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