Bartender assaulted, robbed in Shoreview

Bulletin Area police reports week of Dec. 17, 2014, for Arden Hills, Mounds View, New Brighton, North Oaks, St. Anthony, Shoreview and Vadnais Heights

Mounds View

Mounds View police reports were not made available to the Bulletin last week due to city staff training.

New Brighton

An employee at a secured towing company lot in the 200 block of Fifth Avenue S.W. called police Dec. 10 about an alarm that showed an intruder on the property. Officers found a 22-year-old man hiding under a van. The suspect initially misidentified himself, but that only succeeded in getting him charged with gross misdemeanor false information to police. The Columbia Heights man was booked at the jail on a Hennepin County felony warrant for possession of burglary tools. An accomplice, a 43-year-old woman out of Fridley, was found hiding in the back seat of a parked car. She was cited for trespassing.

Criminal damage to property
A “red flag” was broken off a curbside mailbox the afternoon of Dec. 8 in the 1500 block of Seventh Street N. W. Yes, that’s criminal damage to property, but law enforcement officials like it best when you don’t use the red flag—It tells the postal carrier and mail thieves alike, “We’ve got something for you.” Use the secure blue boxes found around town instead.

Two Gopher hats and a jacket were purchased online Nov. 18 for $108 and were delivered Dec. 8 to the front steps of a residence in the 1400 block of 15 Terrace N.W. A thief picked them up.

North Oaks

A resident reported Dec. 4 that his computer had been “hacked” and his personal information “compromised.” The suspect, a male with a “heavy accent,” called a nanny at the victim’s residence and convinced her to download personal information. The man said he was “from Microsoft.” Users are reminded that software companies do not initially contact customers by phone.

A shopper, whoops, a shoplifter, wandered through the drugstore in the 600 block of Village Center Drive the afternoon of Dec. 7, selecting phones and dropping them in a plastic shopping bag. Employees recognized the man from previous thefts but by the time they called 911, the man had fled the scene with two LG Trac phones and two Verizon LG phones. He was last seen driving a red Chevrolet Venture with heavy front-end damage and a dangling side mirror.

She should have gone for the free shipping. A Roseville woman reported the theft of a $130 Chico’s sweater and two pair of pricey Nordstrom shoes valued at $500 from her unlocked vehicle the evening of Dec. 2. The vehicle was parked at a senior-living complex in the 5900 block of Centerville Road. 

St. Anthony

Armed robbery
A video game store was robbed at gunpoint the evening of Dec. 9 in the 2700 block of 39th Ave N.E. Two black male suspects fled the scene in an employee’s vehicle with a number of Xbox and PlayStation games.
The first is described as mid 20’s, six-feet tall and weighing approx. 180 lbs.He was wearing a dark hoodie and a baseball cap, with a bandana covering his mouth. He was also carrying a blue Adidas duffle bag.
The second suspect, a big fellow,†was described as mid-20s, six-foot three-inches tall, and weighing approx. 350 lbs. He was wearing red jeans with a black logo on the right rear pocket and a red hoodie with “filthy D” written on the left sleeve.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the St. Anthony Police Department, referencing C/N 14-11444, at 612-782-3350 or the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 952-258-5321.

Old friends
A man invited a female friend to his apartment Nov. 30 in the 2500 block of Silver Lake Road, then fell asleep. When he awoke, the 59-year-old friend was gone, and so was his wallet. The 65-year-old victim told police that he didn’t want to file a complaint.

It was all in a night’s work for the driver who hit an undisclosed object Nov. 24, then left the scene without filing a report. The New Brighton woman was tracked down by police and arrested on four counts: failing to report the property damage, DWI, DWI with a BAC of more than .20, and no proof of insurance. The 30-year-old was booked at the Ramsey County Jail.

A driver was pulled over Nov. 28 at Macalaster Drive and 37th Avenue N.E. just in time to be arrested for driving after license suspension, no proof of insurance, vehicle registration irregularities and gross misdemeanor false information to police.

A rifle with an attached scope was reported stolen on Nov. 27 from a vehicle parked in the 3400 block of Downers Drive, according to the 46-year-old owner of the firearm. No suspects.

A senior citizen in the 2600 block of Kenzie Terrace reported her jewelry, valued at $100, missing on Nov. 27. A possible suspect who had access to the 83-year-old woman’s home is under investigation.

It was an odd shopping list. A prowler removed the plumbing fixtures, a wall clock, and a pair of candle holders, along with the lock box and the front door handle to a vacant home Nov. 29 in the 3200 block of Edgemere Avenue. The Hennepin County Crime Lab was called to process the scene.


Bartender assaulted, robbed
A 28-year-old female ended her shift as a bartender in downtown Minneapolis in the early morning hours of Nov. 29 and hailed a cab for her ride to her home in Shoreview. When the driver exited I-694 at Victoria Street and began heading south about 3 a.m., the woman told him he was going the wrong way. The driver pulled over, got out and began assaulting the woman, punching her and taking her purse before driving off. The victim didn’t report the incident for two days because she thought, “no one would believe it,” she told deputies. In the meantime, the victim’s purse, minus $200 and her cell phone, was recovered in a dumpster by a resident nearby who called the victim. Investigators are trying to identify the cab company and are looking for the driver on felony assault and robbery charges.

Package theft
Prairie Island Police contacted the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department Dec. 4 about a package found in an arrestee’s vehicle addressed to a woman in Shoreview. The package contained a $40 shirt from Nordstrom’s that the woman had expected to be delivered by UPS two weeks earlier. The victim told deputies she is also looking for a large overdue package containing a comforter, sheets and towels.

Vadnais Heights

A misdemeanor assault charge is pending against a 15-year-old St. Paul girl who punched a 14-year-old girl, also from St. Paul, Dec. 5 at the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture on Vadnais Boulevard. The younger girl suffered cuts to her face. The combatants did agree on one thing: “We don’t like each other,” they said.

Packages containing Christmas cards and a pair of women’s boots, total value of $70, were delivered to an address in the 3700 block of Brunet Court by UPS Dec. 8 and left on the front step. A thief picked them up.


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