The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
• An employee received an email Jan. 22 instructing her to purchase $1,000 in gift cards for her employer. The 28-year-old wisely reported the attempted fraud. An investigation is underway.
• A bag left in an unlocked vehicle in the 900 block of Monterey Court North was rummaged through overnight Jan. 22. An undetermined amount of cash was taken. No suspects.
• A man approached deputes on Jan 24 at the county patrol station and said his son had pointed a loaded shotgun at him at their home on Pinewood Drive and threatened to pull the trigger. Following an investigation, the 24-year-old son was taken into custody on a charge of felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.
• On Jan. 24 a thief driving a stolen Chevy Malibu approached a Grand Prix occupied by a female passenger at a station in the 1200 block of White Bear Avenue and said, “Get the xxxx out,” while pointing something at her. The woman ran into the station and told the Grand Prix’s owner that his car was being stolen. The car owner ran out and confronted the thief, who said, “Get back or I’ll shoot you!” Nine-one-one was called and arriving deputies pursued the stolen Grand Prix until it fishtailed on I-35E, went up an embankment at the Rice Street exit, hit a utility pole and went into a ditch. The thief was thrown into the back seat. The driver crawled out and was taken into custody. The 30-year-old, who has no permanent address, has eight prior felony convictions, including three for motor vehicle theft. He was jailed on an existing warrant. Bail was set at $50,000.
• A package left on a doorstep the morning of Jan. 25 in the 900 block of Amble Road was later found unsealed and empty. Expected computer gear valued at $900 had gone missing.
• Juvenile fists flew the afternoon of Jan. 27 in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue. Five sets of parents were notified.
• A 30-year-old man came all the way from North Mankato Jan. 27 to the 3400 block of Kent Street, where he was found to be intoxicated. He was transported to Regions for an “emergency examination.”
• Deputies employed the PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver to stop a van with no plates the night of Jan. 27 in the 1000 block of Highway 96. The uncooperative driver, who ignored lights and sirens until he was forced to stop on Highway 96 at Rice Street, was treated for minor injuries suffered during the arrest. The driver, a 46-year-old Minneapolis man, was jailed on charges of fleeing police in a motor vehicle and driving without an ignition interlock device.
• A hesitant thief, gender unknown, loaded a cart with $1,600 worth of items at Target in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue on Jan. 27 and then left, leaving the cart in the store. The thief returned a short time later, this time taking the cart — still filled with merchandise — and placed the items in a waiting vehicle. An investigation is underway.
• A 35-year-old female was identified as the thief who took a laptop computer from the Country Inn & Suites in the 5900 block of Lexington Avenue the morning of Feb. 1. She was mailed a citation for theft.
• A 36-year-old man was taken into custody the night of Feb. 1 in the 200 block of Demar Avenue on an Anoka County DWI warrant for his arrest.