St. Anthony burglar breaks $1,500 window, steals jewelry valued at less than $100

Bulletin Area police reports week of Dec. 10, 2014, for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights

Arden Hills

Street robbery
“Can you change a $20?” It’s not an unreasonable request, unless it happens while you are walking down the street at 3 a.m. The 62-year-old victim, who was on his way to work to clean a bar, responded “probably” and pulled out his wallet, which was quickly grabbed by the suspect who then ran away. The total loss in the Nov. 29 Prior Avenue incident was $120.

Mounds View

Lets hear it for the boys
Joining the list of “things in threes,” along with the French hens, the blind mice and the coins in the fountain, are the boys who were drinking adult beverages and violating their curfew Nov. 23 in the 5300 block of Clifton Drive. Two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old were cited and turned over to the three sets of parents.

New Brighton

Boxes of toys and fabrics valued at $400 were delivered by USPS to an address in the 2700 block of 16th Street N.W. on Nov. 29 while the homeowner was away and left on the front step. A thief picked them up.

In a stroke of irony, a “Grand Theft Auto” PS4 game was stolen Dec. 3 at an unoccupied apartment in the 1400 block of 10th Street N.W. Also taken were the PS4 gaming system and another PS4 game, “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.” The bad-luck victims were staying at a local hotel due to a fire earlier in their apartment. There was no sign of forced entry in the $570 burglary.

The glass half-full
It’s unfortunate her summer clothes were stolen, but it does offer a glimmer of hope as we enter the four-month, cold dark world of winter. Oddly, the box of clothing had been on the floor of the apartment building’s underground parking garage Dec. 1 in the 300 block of Old Hwy. 8 S.W.

They’ll steal anything dept.
A “Domino’s topper” was stolen off of an employee’s vehicle Nov. 29 in the 500 block of Main Street. The pizza sign was valued at $150.

North Oaks

It was a burglar this time that was in the enviable “catbird seat,” as folksy baseball broadcaster Red Barber used to say, because the burglar made off with a pair of propane heaters, a computer and a printer after breaking into two contractor trailers over the Nov. 21 weekend at a home under construction in the first block of Catbird Lane.

St. Anthony

Burglar’s bad eye
Police responded to a smashed front window alarm at a jewelry store Nov. 22 in the 2900 block of Pentagon Drive. Estimated cost to replace the window: $1,500. Value of the jewelry missing from inside the front window display: less than $100.

How do you spell “gone?”
A local store reported that its last four bank deposits were short cash. The 29-year-old manager in charge at the time of all four transactions has not returned to work since being questioned. All her phone numbers have been disconnected and her residence appears vacant. The loss was estimated at $3,900.

Repeat offender
A woman was pulled over at 39th Avenue N.E. and Stinson Boulevard Nov. 20 and cited for driving after license revocation and no insurance. Because she had been down this road before, so to speak, the penalty for the no insurance violation was stiffened to a gross-misdemeanor, and the 45-year-old was quickly on her away to the Ramsey County Jail.

Student drinker
Alcohol use remains extremely widespread among today’s teenagers. According to a recent National Institute on Drug Abuse survey, more than 70 percent of students have consumed alcohol by the end of high school. Add to that number a 16-year-old boy suspected of alcohol use Nov. 18. The teen was tested at St, Anthony Village High School, scoring a BAC of .05 percent. He was cited for underage consumption and released to school officials.

Texting while driving
A 27-year-old female, already in hot water for driving with a suspended license, was also cited for texting while driving Nov. 22 at Silver Lake Road and 29th Avenue N.E. Texting while driving arrests continue to rise in Minnesota, 20 percent plus, year-over-year.

Walk this way
Two drunks were walking down Roosevelt Street Nov. 14. (No, this is not a joke.) A 55-year-old male was transported to a nearby bus stop and a 65-year-old male was transported to Ramsey County Detox.


Caught in mid-zip
A tenant entering the laundry room of a building in the 4100 block of Lexington Avenue the morning of Nov. 27 was greeted by the sight of a man masturbating into an article of her clothing. He quickly ran out of the room. The 55-year-old woman, who called 911, described the man as 17-20-years of age with a pockmarked face and wearing jeans and a plaid jacket. He was about five-foot, five inches tall, 100-pounds, she said. The woman said she didn’t think the unsub was a tenant, as she had never seen him before.

Dine and dash
A man “in his 20’s” spent four hours in a restaurant in the 1000 block of Gramsie Road the night of Nov. 28, consuming an appetizer, a burger, dessert and “four or five” rum drinks, before bailing on the bill. The longhaired, 31-year-old Maplewood man, identified by an expired EBT card he left behind, had been in the bar before, employees said. He’s also wanted on a pair of drug-related warrants that have been issued for his arrest. The loss totaled $65.

Vadnais Heights

A bruised 39-year-old called 911 the evening of Nov. 29 to report that her boyfriend had beaten her up. Deputies are looking for the 49-year-old St. Paul man.

Mystery gift
A prowler rummaged through a truck parked in a Monn Avenue driveway Nov. 25, finding a garage door opener. The prowler opened the garage door, grabbed a wrapped gift intended for the resident’s new baby and rode off on the woman’s pink Dolce bicycle valued at $1,200.


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