Walmart not a smart bet for thieves

Rogers teen cited for theft of Magic cards
An 18-year-old Rogers male was cited for theft after being observed tearing open three packages of magic playing cards and placing them in his pocket before exiting Walmart at about 3:40 p.m. on Jan. 24.

Juveniles cited for taking lip gloss
Three juvenile males were cited for theft after taking makeup and lip gloss from Walmart at about 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19. Two of the boys were 16-year-olds from Princeton and the third boy was a 15-year-old from Milaca.

Thieves flee after being stopped in lot
After being confronted about pushing out more than $700 worth of merchandise from Walmart without paying, suspects fled, leaving the merchandise behind. Police were called shortly before 5 p.m. on Jan. 19 to take the report. The suspects reportedly left in a Dodge Intrepid.

Woman caught trying to steal display coat
Police cited a Walmart shopper for theft after the 48-year-old Cedar woman made several purchases, but failed to pay for a coat she allegedly took off a display, removed the tags and wore out of the store. The call time was 1:06 a.m. on Jan. 22.

More area crime:

Police investigate home burglary
Elk River police are investigating a burglary that was reported at 5:43 p.m. on Jan. 25 in the 300 block of Jackson Avenue.
The complainant/owner said he returned home to find the front door unlocked and several items not in their proper place, such as a small fireproof safe and several hundred dollars in cash that was missing, according to Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe.
An investigator processed the scene, but there are no suspects at this time, Rolfe reported.

Car fire not driver’s only problem
A car fire along Highway 169 shortly before 8 p.m. on Jan. 24 in between County Road 33 and 197th Avenue might be the least of a 40-year-old Elk River man’s problems. He was cited for DWI after police discovered the driver of the vehicle on fire was intoxicated.
The southbound lane of highway traffic had to be shut down to deal with the fire, and another officer was called to the scene to handle the DWI investigation.

Police cited several more for DWIs this past week
•A 30-year-old Albertville man was arrested for DWI in a traffic stop at about midnight on Jan. 22 at the intersection of Highway 10 and Main Street.
•A 35-year-old Elk River man was arrested for DWI in a traffic stop at about 2 a.m. on Jan. 21 at the intersection of Ranch Road and Watson Street. The driver was initially stopped for speeding.
•A 21-year-old Robbinsdale woman was arrested for DWI in a traffic stop at 1:20 a.m. in the area of Highway 169 and 193rd Avenue. An officer noticed the driver enter the highway in such a way that another driver had to swerve to miss her. As he followed, the driver also accelerated to excessive speeds.

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