Peddler takes ‘save big money’ motto to new level

Police reports published Dec. 4, 2013 in the Oakdale - Lake Elmo Review

Suspicious Activity

Save big money?: Oakdale police were notified of a suspicious male selling stereo equipment out of the back of his vehicle at Menards Nov. 8 around 3:30 p.m. The caller was able to take down the license plate number of the 2003 Chevy Suburban and pass the information along to authorities. The caller did not buy any of the equipment.

Rock the block: A resident of the 5100 block of Helena Road North called police around 1 a.m. Nov. 9 to report an “in progress” incident of malicious mischief. He said five suspicious teenage boys were loitering in the street outside his home, and one peered into his mailbox but didn’t take anything. The caller also said another boy threw rocks in the direction of a neighbor’s house. The kids ran south on Helena Road toward 50th Street and were gone by the time a patrol car arrived. No damage was found.


Cheaper by the dozen: An employee at Walgreens called to report a retail theft Nov. 8 around 9:15 p.m. Sometime between 10 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8, someone cut the lock off a metal cabinet outside the building and stole 12 full 20-gallon propane tanks, valued at $53 each. There are no suspects. The value of the property damage is estimated at about $20.

While Dad’s away, the kids will play: A resident of the 500 block of Granada Avenue North called police around 5:30 a.m. Nov. 10 to report a theft after throwing a party from 9 p.m. the night before to 1 a.m. that morning. He told police that sometime during the party someone stole four long guns, $400 cash and a Playstation 3 with a game. The cash and gaming console, the resident said, are his property, but the guns belong to his father who is out of town. The caller said he would provide police with a list of the approximately 50 party-goers. The officer was able to recover two latent (partial) fingerprints, which were turned into evidence.

Gnome place like home: An officer was dispatched to the 2300 block of Hale Avenue North Nov. 12 to investigate a theft of several decorative lawn gnome ornaments that went missing between approximately Oct. 27 and Nov. 2. The caller’s daughter had reportedly received a text message from an acquaintance showing the lawn gnomes in the backseat of his car and learned that another acquaintance had taken them. The acquaintance who carted off the gnomes said it was meant as a joke and after talking with the officer agreed to return them. The caller did not request charges.

One Viking almost scores: An employee at the SuperAmerica gas station, 1015 Geneva Ave. N., called police around 3:30 a.m. Nov. 8 to report an “unruly, intoxicated” male was eating food in the store without paying for it. The white male, who was wearing a Vikings jersey, left the business before police arrived. They located a man matching the description near McDonald’s in Maplewood. The man, who officers described as “extremely intoxicated,” refused a preliminary breath test and was issued a citation for theft.

A case of “miss taken” identity: An officer was dispatched to the 1200 block of Glenbrook Avenue north Nov. 13 on a theft report of a missing identification card. The caller said she had dropped her ID on the ground while at Hoggsbreath Bar in Little Canada Nov. 9, and the person she was out with picked it up and put it in her purse to hold onto it for her. Now, the victim says, her friend is mad at her and refuses to give it back. The officer attempted to call the suspected ID thief, but she did not answer or return the calls.

Halloween trick: An Oakdale resident came into the police department Nov. 18 to report multiple thefts from his home on Greenway Avenue North. Around Halloween, he said, two landscape figures valued at $30 were taken, and within the last two months, about $780 worth of woodworking tools were stolen from his shed. Additionally, one night he awoke to find his garage door open, but nothing was missing. There are no suspects.

Takin’ break-in: On Nov. 13, police arrived at LA Fitness to investigate a vehicle break-in. The vehicle owner said sometime between 3 and 3:38 p.m. an unknown person smashed the driver’s side window of her car and took her purse, which contained two debit cards, two credit cards, driver’s license, $500 cash and her Social Security card. The total value of the theft is estimated at about $750, and the debit cards had been used for four separate transactions, totaling over $1,000, at the Oakdale Target. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at about $200.

Pulling money out of the heir: A man came to the Oakdale police department Nov. 18 to report he had been swindled out of $106,632. In August 2011, he said he received a letter saying he was the next of kin to a deceased relative and was to inherit $7.7 million. He then sent a money order for $832 to someone in Madrid, Spain, to begin the legal process. A few days later, he began transferring larger sums, including transfers of $30,800, $20,000 and then $55,000 to the suspects. When the swindlers requested $170,000, he then believed he was being scammed and came to the police with the information.

Motor vehicle crash

The cat made me do it: A man called police Nov. 13 at 2 a.m. after hitting a road sign in the median near 11th Street North and Helmo Avenue North. He was transporting his sick cat to the veterinary emergency clinic nearby, he said, and was unsure of where the entrance was. He made a wide right turn in his minivan and ended up striking the sign, causing front-end damage on the right side of the vehicle. He managed to get the van into the clinic’s parking lot and planned to have it towed to a repair shop later that day.

Public Assistance

Plumb luck: On Nov. 15, an officer arrived at a residence on the 1500 block of Granada Avenue North where the caller was struggling to stop an overflowing toilet. Luckily, the officer was able to turn the water off, and maintenance was contacted. No further assistance was needed.


Knockin’ on heaven’s door: An officer discovered a man sleeping in a running car around 5:30 a.m. Nov. 17 on the 6100 block of Upper 51st Street North. The officer observed the man “sleeping and spitting up,” and after two minutes of the officer knocking on the window, he woke up and opened the door. The officer could smell the odor of alcohol, and the man admitted he was drunk and couldn’t remember how he got into his vehicle. The St. Paulite failed field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath tests, and upon arriving at the Washington County Jail blew a .16 blood alcohol content. The vehicle was towed to a lot.

Ordinance Violation

Don’t feed the dogs: A resident on the 600 block of Grange Avenue North was given a copy of a city ordinance prohibiting throwing food on the ground Nov. 19 after a neighbor said their dog was eating the food being left out. The resident said she was feeding the birds and was unaware of the ordinance and demanded a copy. Police advised her this would be the only warning she received.

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