The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office reported the following incidents:
• Opossum news: An Oriole Lane homeowner tipped a plastic garbage can on its side the morning of March 1, freeing an opossum, then canceled an earlier call to county Animal Control.
• Thieves entered a new home construction site on Rapp Farm Road over the weekend of March 3, making off with appliances not yet installed. They included a dishwasher, a ceiling fan, a microwave oven and more fixtures and supplies totaling $12,360. No suspects.
• Two men opened separate accounts at the City & County Credit Union March 2 in the 1000 block of Red Fox Road, and wrote checks to each other. The accounts were quickly closed, the loss amounted to $900, and authorities are hot on the trail of the 25-year-old from North St. Paul and the 23-year-old from Arden Hills.
• A prowler went through a vehicle belonging to a 27-year-old tenant overnight March 3 in the underground garage of a building in the 3400 block of Kent Street before leaving with a laptop, Bluetooth speakers and and a wallet containing two credit cards. The thief then used the cards in eight Roseville transactions, including the purchase of a tank of gas, car wash and movie rental before obtaining a pair of Walmart gift cards to the tune of $800.
• Deputies stopped a vehicle containing three adults and a juvenile late on the night of March 3 at the Rice Creek Regional Trail Access at Schutta Road and County Road I for being in the park after hours. The driver, an 18-year-old female from Mounds View, was cited for petty misdemeanors for possession, including a grinder, a pipe and a small amount of weed. A mom was called to pick up her child. Two adults were released without charges.
• Following road rage March 5 outside the Wells Fargo Operations Center, a suspect in a vehicle registered to a 41-year-old Roseville man followed an employee into the lot in the 1800 block of Parkview Drive March 5 and broke off his rear windshield wiper. A criminal damage to property charge is pending further investigation.
• A Coon Rapids man fell victim to the Tom Ford scam when he answered a March 5 ad for 110 bottles of the pricey fragrance on Facebook, available for a total of $1,980, and purchased them from a Lino Lakes woman at a Hodgson Road gas station who told him “the potions usually sell for $300 a bottle.” Something about the labels “looked odd,” and the 47-year-old called the company, who said the goods were fake. The felony scam is currently under investigation.
• Brickstone Court parents noticed a 30-pill shortage of their child’s prescription of Ritalin on March 5, and called authorities. A house cleaner is being interviewed. (Ritalin is often prescribed for children to combat distraction. It also can be the cause of addiction in adults.)
• A 71-year-old man was mailed a citation for theft of three avocados, Brussels sprouts and a pastry the afternoon of March 5 at Kowalski’s on Highway 96 and Hodgson Road. The man says he did not steal the goods, but store video says otherwise. He was mailed a citation for the $8.25 theft.
• Nearly 18 months after the last presidential election, a Shoreview man is under investigation for voter fraud. Minnesota’s election officials notified Ramsey County on March 6 that a 21-year-old man, convicted of a felony drug-related charge in Iowa prior to voting in the election, may be charged with “government violation of election laws.” The case is under review by the Ramsey County attorney’s office.