The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
• Prowlers went through three vehicles on Vicki Lane overnight July 18, heavily damaging interiors to get at CD players and stereo equipment. Cell phones and a Fitbit were also taken. The total loss was estimated at $2,100.
• A 22-year-old Columbia Heights man and an 18-year-old from New Brighton visited the Hall Street trailer park July 25 with a plan to score some marijuana. Deciding that the price was too high, the pair of potheads threatened the seller and left, stealing the seller’s guitar on the way out. The commotion caused a neighbor to call 911. Soon there were lights and sirens and the pursuit ended successfully at Hamline Avenue and County Road I. The suspects were turned over to New Brighton Police to answer an earlier felony robbery charge in that city.
• Lawn service workers finished a job the afternoon of July 25 in the 5400 block of Lexington Avenue and went to put the mowers back in their 2016 Chevy Silverado, but the white pickup truck with the keys inside was no longer parked by the curb. An investigation is under way.
• Failing to resolve their differences at a trailer park in the 1500 block of Hall Street, two residents were wrapping things up on July 25. The 34-year-old threw a cellphone but missed the likely soon-to-be ex-boyfriend and the 37-year-old boyfriend called two buddies to come over and help quicken the girlfriend’s departure from the trailer. Deputies arrived first, however, and both were jailed on charges of domestic assault, fifth degree assault and disorderly conduct.
• A phone scammer was so good July 26 that even after he convinced his victim to send him a money order for $8,000 for “taxes,” and the victim was convinced by friends to report the loss, the 80-year-old man is still waiting for the “prize” he won, as promised by the scammer. No suspects.
• A woman holding a baby with one arm and a sign reading “no food” with the other July 27 outside a discount store in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue was arrested that evening. The 20-year-old, who had a Romanian ID, had been arrested 24 hours earlier for panhandling in Mounds View.
• A driver in the area of I-694 and Rice Street did a double-take the afternoon of July 28 when he noticed another driver aiming a pistol at him. He also took a picture. Getting off the freeway, the man called 911 and told his story. White Bear Lake Police soon stopped the suspect who was in possession of a stolen Smith & Wesson 9-mm semi-automatic handgun along with a baggie of powder believed to be crystal meth. Thanks to the picture, felony charges are pending and the investigation continues.
• Called to a disorderly conduct event July 30 in the 4100 block of Lexington Avenue deputies learned as they were leaving that one of the disorderly people was a 37-year-old man wanted on a Dakota County felony warrant for issuing terroristic threats, so they went back and got him.
• A woman returned home from National Night Out Aug. 2 and went right to bed, accidentally leaving her garage door open. The next morning the 41-year-old learned that her laptop computer, credit cards, driver’s license and a small amount of cash were gone. The loss totaled $5,000.
• A 47-year-old Richfield man, accompanied by three homeless people and one known shoplifter, is facing possible theft charges for walking out of Target in the 3800 block of Lexington Avenue Aug. 4 with a cartload of stolen merchandise valued at $434.
• A 69-year-old man finished his business in the Five Guys restaurant men’s room in the 1000 block of Red Fox Road the afternoon of Aug. 4, set his Glock 34 pistol on the hand dryer while he washed up, then promptly left the building without the weapon. The man and his handgun were reunited the next day.
• A man returned home at 3 a.m. Aug. 5 to find his patio door in the 3400 block of Owasso Street wide open and items inside in disarray. His laptop computer, valued at $2,400, is only a memory.
• A 72-year-old woman who was planning on leaving her husband and their daughter was worried about how he would take the news. After all, Dad, 72, had three handguns and a rifle that he kept at home. Their daughter contacted the sheriff’s office Aug. 5 which offered to hold the guns until the move was complete and things were quiet. Dad agreed, no problem.
• A pair of shoplifters acted in concert at Trader Joe’s the afternoon of Aug. 5; one woman distracted the 47-year-old female victim, and the other pulled her wallet out of her purse. The amount of the loss is unknown.
• Three pallets of bricks were stolen from a home construction site overnight Aug. 7 in the 3500 block of Owasso Street. The bricks were valued at $5,000.
• A homebuilder in the 3300 block of Victoria Street was aware of the thefts of materials and tools from construction sites in the area, so he installed cameras to monitor the construction activity. On Aug. 5 he recorded the theft of a concrete saw, a saw blade and a soil compactor, valued at a total of $9,200 and turned the evidence over to the authorities. A 27-year-old St. Paul man was arrested on felony theft charges the next day.
• A professional shoplifter was recognized in the Target parking lot the afternoon of Aug. 8 and held for arrest by asset protection staff. The 26-year-old woman out of Brooklyn Park, wanted on five misdemeanor warrants in the metro area was also charged with theft. A partner in crime, a 25-year-old Fridley female, was charged with misdemeanor theft and possession of a fake ID.