Suspected garage burglar falls asleep on the job

Police reports published Dec. 18, 2013 in the Oakdale - Lake Elmo Review

Parking spot incites violence on Black Friday

Property Damage

Not the brightest bulb: On Nov. 23, multiple instances of smashed lightbulbs were reported to Oakdale police throughout the day. An officer was called to the 5200 block of Heath Avenue North around 12:40 p.m., and quickly became aware of four other similar incidents that took place nearby on 5300 block of Heath Avenue North, 7400 block of 52nd Street North and 7500 block of 44th Street North. Although the time when the vandalism occurred was unknown to several residents, the lightbulbs in their front lights were most likely removed overnight and then smashed in the road or driveway. One resident estimates the damage occurred between 10 p.m. Nov. 22 and 8 a.m. Nov. 23. The estimated property damage ranges from $5 to $9 at each of the five places where smashed lightbulbs were reported. There are no suspects.

Paint it black: An officer was dispatched to the 7800 block of 20th Street North Nov. 23 on the report of vandalism. The resident said sometime between 3 p.m. Nov. 22 and 2 a.m. Nov. 23, an unknown person spray painted the siding of the home with black paint. Additionally, the word “Hello” had been spray painted on landscaping blocks. The damage is estimated at more than $1,000, and there are no suspects.

Intoxicated dent-ist: A caller on the 2500 block of Hale Avenue North called police around 2:45 a.m. Nov. 28 to report that one of her intoxicated friends had walked away from her residence. She says she found her friend walking in the area and tried to convince him to get into her car so she could take him home. Then, he reportedly threw a large landscape paver at the vehicle, which made a dent and left several scratches. The officer took photos of the damage and checked the area but could not find the man. The victim felt that her friend was capable of caring for himself and call for a ride.


High-end heist: A resident of the 6700 block of 35th Street North reported a theft that occurred between 5:30 and 11:30 p.m. Nov. 22. She said an unknown person or persons entered her unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway and stole a purse (valued at $400), a Coach wallet ($178), two checkbooks, a pair of sunglasses ($30), four credit cards, a debit card, makeup ($80) and three Minnesota Wild Hockey tickets ($180) as well as $27 cash. There are no suspects.

A real steal: A security employee at Home Goods called Oakdale police to report a fraudulent merchandise return incident that took place Nov. 17. A woman reportedly walked into the store with no merchandise and selected about $550 worth of goods to return at the customer service desk. The suspect was given $550 in cash and left the store without paying for $498.97 worth of merchandise. The investigation is pending.

Livin’ on a prayer: An officer was called to Redeemer Baptist Church at 2:20 p.m. Dec. 1 after a man called to report that his son’s wallet was stolen from his coat pocket between 9 a.m. and noon while he was attending a worship service. The coat was hung on a hook in the lobby. The wallet is valued at $200 and contained a driver’s license, $40 cash and a debit card. The caller said he witnessed a unknown man about 6-foot-7 and in his 20s enter the lobby area and then drive away in a light blue sedan at about 11:15 a.m. Officers have not yet located a suspect.

Salad lover: A theft was reported at SuperAmerica the evening of Dec. 4. An employee told officers a man had gone up and down the aisles of the store and put a bottle of dish soap (valued at $1.99), bottle of ranch dressing ($3.99) and a bottle of zesty Italian salad dressing ($3.29) in his coat pocket. The suspect left the store in a white SUV. The employee told officers the suspect was a white male with black hair shaved into a mohawk, and he had stolen from the store in the past. However, upon reviewing the tapes, police found the description of the suspect did not match the description given by the employee. Police plan to follow up on the incident.


You are getting very sleepy: A burglar foiled his own plot after being discovered, drunken and asleep, in the garage of a home on the 6900 block of 14th Street North Nov. 24. The homeowner said she went out to her garage around 10 a.m. and noticed someone had entered it the night before, though there were no signs of forced entry. However, the incriminating evidence came when she discovered the trespasser sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle. The suspect was intoxicated and didn’t remember how he got into the van. The report has been forwarded to the Oakdale city attorney for charges.

Hole-y smokes: An alarm went off at the Corner Store in Oakdale around 5:20 a.m. Nov. 29, prompting officers to respond. Upon arrival, officers found the glass front door was shattered but still intact. Police located an unlocked public restroom to the south of the store and noticed missing ceiling tiles and a hole leading to the store. The officers entered the building with a Washington County K-9 unit but were unable to locate anyone inside, though they believe there were two burglars who entered through the ceiling, stole an unknown amount of cigarettes and left through the rear exit.

Something to fret about: A resident of the 900 block of Glenbrook Avenue North called police to report a burglary. Sometime between 2 p.m. Nov. 30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1, he said, an unknown person or persons forced open the garage door and back door to his home and stole eight electric guitars and other items valued at more than $5,000. The property damage is estimated at about $1,000. There are no suspects.

Parking Complaint

I’ll huff and I’ll puff: An officer was dispatched to the 6100 block of 7th Street North the morning of Nov. 27 regarding a maroon Kia parked in a driveway blocking another vehicle. Upon arrival, the officer located the Kia’s driver, who seemed confused and disoriented. The officer located two cans of compressed air in the car, and the driver admitting to huffing the chemicals. Police ran a check on the man’s driver’s license, only to find that the license had been cancelled. The reports were forwarded to the city attorney for charges. Maplewood police responded to a similar incident involving the same individual Dec. 4, and he was taken into custody.


Black Friday brawl: On Nov. 29, several males were involved in a physical altercation over a parking spot at Best Buy around 2:40 p.m. One of the involved vehicles, which contained several men, left the scene before police arrived. One remaining individual had a large bump and cut above his eye and said he didn’t remember exactly what happened. An independent witness said the man had run up to the other vehicle, pounded on the car and grabbed a passenger. The witness also said the man had been hit with a skateboard three or four times.

Animal Complaint

A (late) Thanksgiving miracle: A resident of the 3600 block of Gershwin Circle North reported an injured turkey was wandering the neighborhood the afternoon of Dec. 2. An officer responded and noticed the turkey’s right leg was injured and the bird was moving very slowly. Police captured the turkey and transported it to public works, where it was humanely dispatched.

Suspicious Activity

Not playing games: An officer was sent to Carmike Cinema Dec. 4 on a call regarding possible possession of stolen property. The caller said he had purchased Vikings tickets from someone on and had subsequently resold them to someone else in exchange for an Xbox. The caller says the man who traded him the Xbox recently called him to say the tickets had been stolen and now wants his Xbox back. The caller says he is not going to return the Xbox. The officer advised him it was a civil matter.

Coming out of the woodwork: A resident called Oakdale police around 11:30 p.m. Dec. 4 to tell officers she believed children had crawled under her mobile home and raised it up off the ground. An officer responded and spoke to the caller’s husband, who agreed with her story and said they believe a small boy around the age of 14 and a small girl around the age of 7 have been periodically hiding under the trailer, climbing on the roof and coming through the walls. They believe the children are orphans and say that sometimes they wear black hats that cover their faces. Police were unable to locate any evidence of anyone living under the trailer, and noted that both residents have a history of mental illness. The reports were sent to Washington County social services.

Citizen scores two goals: A resident on the 4500 block of Helmo Avenue North reported Dec. 8 that overnight, someone had placed two hockey goals at the end of his driveway and put two wreaths from the house on the goals. There was no other damage, and the homeowner says the hockey nets are not his. The goals were picked up by Oakdale Public Works and stored as found property. It is currently unknown who owns the goals.

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