The Forest Lake Police Department reported the following incidents:
Police were called to the 300 block of South Shore Drive at 9:12 p.m. Oct. 15 when a complainant reported a suspicious man who appeared to be urinating in the roadway. On arrival, police located and identified the suspect as a 58-year-old Stanchfield man, who was found to have a canceled driving status. He was standing near a car, and admitted to driving the vehicle to the location. He also admitted to having no insurance on the vehicle, and the registration was expired. He was cited and the vehicle was towed.
Forest Lake police were called to Walmart in regards to a theft in progress at 1:51 p.m. Oct. 15. A loss prevention officer stated she was watching a person, and no crime had yet been committed, but the man had a knife which he was using to cut open packages. The man purchased items, and then went back into the store and gathered more items, which he placed into the bags of purchased items. However, he also paid for these on the way out. An officer made contact with him and he admitted to opening one package to check the cell phone screen to be sure it would fit his phone. When the officer checked his ID, it showed he was a 38-year-old Ham Lake man with a felony warrant out of Anoka County. He was also found to have 1.5 grams of meth on his person, as well as half of a pill believed to be acetaminophen or oxycodone. He was arrested and transported to jail.
Workers at the Forest Lake McDonalds called police when a possibly intoxicated male showed up at the drive-thru at 12:59 a.m. Oct. 14. McDonalds employees stated that the man had driven his vehicle into the side of the building while traveling through the drive-thru, and at one point he exited his vehicle and began to yell profanities at the vehicle behind him. Officers located the man, who left in his vehicle and pulled into the Holiday station. An officer made contact and observed that the 24-year-old male with no permanent address appeared to be intoxicated. He refused a preliminary breath test and was taken into custody. He had several outbursts while in custody, including scratching and spitting at officers. He was taken to jail for felony fourth degree assault, gross misdemeanor fourth degree assault, gross misdemeanor test refusal, fourth degree DWI, disorderly conduct, hit and run property damage, expired drivers' license and no proof of insurance.
While on patrol in the 21600 block of Eureka Avenue at 3:38 a.m. Oct. 12, an officer noticed a parked car with a male slumped over in the driver's seat. The officer approached to check on the male's welfare. The male opened the door, then reached both hands quickly behind his right hip and out of the officer's view. The officer commanded the man to show his hands, and he complied. As he brought them out, the officer saw a glass bubble pipe in his hand. He was removed, searched and detained. The vehicle was searched, a crystal substance and small amount of marijuana was found. The 46-year-old Maplewood man was taken into custody and transported to the police department.
A business in the 21400 block of Forest Boulevard N. reported at 8:10 p.m. Oct. 9 that a locked work van had been stolen. No one had permission to use the van and the keys were taken from inside the business. The van showed up again, unlocked, and the keys were still missing. A 54-year-old Forest Lake man was identified as a suspect. While checking the business, an officer noticed the suspect at the rear entrance on his bike. He stated he took the car with his friend to go to Running Aces. He was taken into custody and booked into Washington County Jail. He was adamant he did not steal the car because he returned it.
An officer on patrol attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding in the 400 block of 11th Avenue SW at 2:18 a.m. Oct. 8. The vehicle pulled over, and a male exited the drivers' seat and fled on foot. The officer gave chase but was unable to apprehend the suspect; a perimeter was established and a K9 search was conducted with the help of other local agencies. The passenger in the vehicle was the girlfriend of the suspect. Officers went to the man's apartment, where they could see him in the living room. He then disappeared and refused to answer the door. Officers left and the man was issued a citation for speed, fleeing on foot, open container, no proof of insurance and a cracked windshield via mail.
Police were called to the Forest Lake Walmart at 4:40 p.m. Oct. 15 in response to a fleeing shoplifter. Officers checked the area but did not locate the suspect.
A truck was stolen from a dealership in the 130 block of 19th Street SW sometime before 9:50 a.m. Oct. 13. The estimated value of the vehicle was $6,500. Another vehicle on site had been entered, and it appeared the ignition had been punched.