Oakdale - Lake Elmo Review Police reports Apr. 10, 2013

Driving while intoxicated

Lingering too long: Police observed a vehicle stopped for an extended period of time blocking the northbound turn lane on the 900 block of Inwood Avenue April 3. After stopping the vehicle, police said the driver appeared to be intoxicated and he failed field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test. He was arrested for DWI, and a breath test registered his blood-alcohol content at .14. He was booked for release at the Washington County Jail.


Theft from auto: A Tartan High School student reported someone entered his locked vehicle parked outside the school April 2 and stole a stereo amp by cutting the wires.

Garage burglarized: Police were called to a burglary report on the 6200 block of 40th Street April 1. A woman reported someone stole several items from her garage, including a bed set, desktop computer and a small TV -- altogether valued at $1,900. It appeared someone had spun the lock on the garage to gain entry, and no damage was made to the garage door itself. There are no suspects in the burglary.

iPhone stolen, thief runs: A teenager at Tartan High School reported a man asked to use his iPhone 4S valued at $400 and then took off running toward Seventh Street N. and Greenway Avenue. Police are working to identify the suspect.

Bad check: Police were called to Mills Gas Mart April 1 after an employee reported a woman had written a $74 check for fuel, pizzas and cigarettes. The check came back as a “closed account,” and the account belonged to a woman who had previously reported her checks were stolen. There are no suspects.

Theft from auto: A man reported someone smashed the front passenger window of his vehicle parked outside Marcus Cinema March 31 and stole his wallet and GPS unit. There are no suspects in the theft.

Break-in: A woman said she and her son were sleeping in their apartment on the 4100 block of Geneva Ave N. March 29 when a man forced entry into the apartment door and took $80 in cash. Police saw the door frame had been damaged.

Groceries stolen: Police were called to Rainbow Foods March 29 after a woman and a teenager reportedly took merchandise from the store and left without paying. Both admitted to the theft during a police interview and were cited.

Fake exchange: Police were called to Mills Fleet Farm March 28 after a man reportedly entered the store without any merchandise, selected two DeWalt power tools and attempted to exchange the two items without a receipt. The man stopped halfway through the process and left the store with one of the power tools -- a DeWalt impact driver valued at $159. The man presented a driver’s license when he tried to exchange the items, and surveillance footage of the suspect matched the driver’s license photo on file. Charges are pending.

Check forgery: A woman attempted to pass a forged check for $1,000 at Novation Credit Union March 28. Police verified the check was stolen from a mailbox earlier that day. The check, along with a fraudulent University of Minnesota ID card and fake DVS papers left behind by the suspect, were booked as evidence.

Helicopter stolen: An employee at Hobby Town USA reported a man stole a remote control Blade brand helicopter valued at $600 April 4. The employee said the suspect fled in a red van. Police went to the home of the van’s registered owner, and a woman said she had been in the van but denied knowledge of the incident. An investigation is pending.

Baby monitor taken: Police were called to Target April 4 after a girl reportedly stole a Samsung Babyview monitor valued at $180. The girl was issued a citation for juvenile theft and released to her grandmother.

Piping stolen: On April 4, piping was stolen from outside two residences the 6700 block of 10th Street Court N. A resident reported someone cut and removed 4 1/2 feet of copper piping worth $200 from the back of his home. The victim said he’s heard noises around midnight, and was a suspect fleeing on foot. While police were investigating that complaint, they observed someone had also removed roughly 7 feet of copper piping worth $350 from the rear of another home. That neighbor said he too had heard noises that night. There are no suspects in the thefts.

Property damage

Windshield smashed: A woman reported someone smashed the windshield of her Pontiac Grand Prix parked in a driveway on the 3800 block of Granada Lane April 2. There are no suspects.

Vehicle vandalized: A man reported someone scratched an obscene word onto the driver’s side door of his vehicle March 29 while it was parked outside Baja Sol restaurant. There are no suspects.

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