Crime report: fast food pit stop leads to arrest

A 46-year-old female from Zimmerman had her purse stolen from her car while she was at Cub Foods in Elk River shortly before noon on March 22.
A witness reported seeing a man break out the window of the woman’s car and take the purse. Elk River police responded but were unable to locate the suspect.

Vehicle burns at     Riverway Clinic
Elk River police were dispatched to the parking lot of Riverway Clinic at 9:40 a.m. on March 22 in Elk River on a report of a vehicle filling up with smoke.
Officers arrived to find the interior of the vehicle full of smoke. An officer broke a window to see if anyone was in the vehicle. There was not. The owner, a 62-year-old Elk River man, was later located in the clinic.
Elk River fire responded and extinguished the fire.
The owner reported having work recently done on the vehicle at a dealership in Monticello. To see video, visit

Eighth grader found with stolen iPod
An eighth grade Salk Middle School student was caught at home on March 21 with a stolen iPod that was allegedly stolen during a function at Rogers Middle School. The youth was reprimanded at school and was warned about the possible repercussions if the behavior continued. The iPod was returned to the owner in Rogers.

Man exposes self to teen on School Street
A 17-year-old Elk River girl reported a male party in a blue passenger car pulled up to her on the evening of March 20 while she was standing on the corner of School Street and Freeport Avenue in Elk River and exposed his genitals to her. He drove away northbound on Freeport. Officers were unable to locate the motorist.

Girl, 17, cited for    unbuckled child
A 17-year-old Elk River girl was cited March 20 for not having a 9-year-old girl properly buckled in her car while driving in the area of Highway 10 and Joplin Street in Elk River.
An officer observed a young girl sitting in the lap of someone in the front passenger seat of the car. It turns out the girl is 9 years old and under 57 inches tall.
Someone was called to pick up the 9-year-old girl and a letter was sent to her parent.

Police make several DWI arrests recently
•A 32-year-old Coon Rapids woman was arrested for DWI in a traffic stop at 2 a.m. on March 19 in the 1600 block of the Highway 10 in Elk River.
•A 25-year-old Zimmerman man was arrested March 19 for DWI after police were called to the 600 block of Proctor Avenue in Elk River on a report of intoxicated parties.
•A 25-year-old Elk River woman was arrested for third-degree DWI during a traffic stop shortly before 2 a.m. on March 18 in the 18900 block of Jackson Avenue in Elk River.
•A 65-year-old St. Michael woman was arrested for DWI during a traffic stop at 10:42 p.m. on March 17 in the vicinity of Highway 10 and Jackson Avenue in Elk River. She had made an improper (wide) turn.
•A 38-year-old Foreston woman was arrested for DWI and controlled substance after a report of  a driver “all over the road” came in to police. She was stopped at 7:35 a.m. on March 17 at the intersection of Highway 169 and Main Street in Elk River. The controlled substance was believed to be heroin.
•A 31-year-old Sartell man was arrested for DWI after police responded to a report of a man slumped over a steering wheel while at an apartment building in the 18500 block of Gary Street in Elk River. The complainant had found the vehicle on the evening of March 16 in the middle of Mississippi Road near the Orono Dam, and he moved it to the parking lot at the mentioned apartment. The complainant told police the man either needed medical attention or was intoxicated.

Son, 7, finds pot pipe near Lincoln School
A 36-year-old man reported his 7-year-old son on March 21 had found two marijuana pipes on the fields near Lincoln Elementary School in Elk River. Police responded and took possession of the pipes, which were later destroyed at the police department.

McCoy’s purse theft results in citation
A 28-year-old Elk River woman was cited for theft after allegedly taking a purse from a table on March 16 while at McCoy’s Pub in downtown Elk River.
The suspect reportedly locked herself in the  bathroom until officers arrived.

Alleged thief of Walkman cited
A 26-year-old Onamia woman was arrested for theft on March 22 at Walmart for allegedly taking health and beauty aids, batteries, a Walkman and greeting cards. She was stopped along the sidewalk in front of Advance Auto Parts and brought back to the stor for questioning before being cited.

Theft from vehicle leads to citation
A 25-year-old Elk River man was cited for theft from a motor vehicle on March 22 after allegedly taking a laptop, speaker and amplifier in the 18900 block of Baldwin Ave. The items were reportedly taken from an unlocked Ford F-150 that was parked in the driveway of a residence. The value of the items is approximately $1,200.

Elk River police are investigating a report of harassing phone calls to a pregnant 23-year-old woman.
She called police shortly after 2 a.m. on March 16 to report that she had heard someone knock at her door but she did not answer it. After the knock at the door came, there was a series of three calls from a blocked number.
She told police she answered the first call and a male party who knew her name said: “This is your worst nightmare.”
The conversation continued, and the caller made a reference to harming the baby when it’s born.
The complainant did not answer the second and third call.

Fast food pit stop leads to quick arrest
A Taco Bell employee helped Elk River Police nab a pair of individuals after they came through the restaurant’s drive-through with an open bottle of rum.
Police were called shortly before 7 p.m. on March 15 and given information on the suspects. Police stopped the vehicle a short distance away and cited a 17-year-old Elk River male for no Minnesota driver’s license. An 18-year-old Princeton woman was cited for possession of alcohol under 21.

Items stolen from locked vehicle
A car stereo, fishing tackle and a tool box were reportedly stolen from a locked vehicle parked in an apartment building’s underground garage in the 1000 block of School Street in Elk River.
The theft happened sometime before 11 a.m. on March 14. The loss has been estimated at $690.

Girl, 5, went missing last Sunday night
A 29-year-old Elk River man reported his 5-year-old daughter missing about 8:30 p.m. March 13.
He stated his daughter left the house through the front door and he followed her footprints in the snow to the neighbors’ house and then back into the street in the 10700 block of 188th Avenue.
Sherburne Dispatch received a call from a homeowner in the 10500 block of 184th Avenue who found the girl. An Elk River officer responded to the residence and was advised the girl was fine and did not need an ambulance. The neighbor returned the girl home and she was reunited with her father.

Marijuana grow room found in Elk River
Elk River police uncovered a small marijuana grow operation on the night of March 12 and arrested the homeowner for it.
Elk River Police were sent to the home in the 18500 block of Queen Street on a report of the smell of marijuana at the residence. Upon arrival, officers were granted permission to enter the home.
Officers located several large marijuana plants, grow lights and various other manufacturing equipment.
Two males were arrested, including the 30-year-old homeowner, and a juvenile female, the daughter of the homeowners, was located in the “grow room.”

He didn’t know plates were impounded
A 29-year-old Elk River man was cited for driving after revocation and failing to comply with plate impoundment after a traffic stop at 8:45 p.m. on March 13 near the intersection of Highway 169 and Main Street in Elk River.
The driver told police he did not know he was revoked or that his plates needed to be taken off the vehicle.

Key-holder response leads to DWI arrest
A 28-year-old Elk River woman was arrested for DWI after she responded to a business in the 800 block of Railroad Drive as a key holder for an alarm.
A motion detector found movement in a basement in the early morning hours of March 13.
The call came in at 4:07 a.m. When police responded, the building was secure and someone was locked inside the building.
The key holder, who knew the man, was able to unlock the door and let him out.
Police could tell she had been drinking. An intoxilyzer test produced a .24. The driver was transported to jail for third-degree DWI.
Possession charges lodged against two
A 27-year-old Elk River man and a 22-year-old Princeton female were cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop at 8:27 p.m. on March 13 at Highway 169 and School Street in Elk River.

Call results in DWI arrest for Sartell man
A 37-year-old Sartell man was arrested for DWI after a traffic complaint alerted police to an erratic driver along Highway 10 near Alpine Drive in the early morning hours of March 13.
An officer intercepted  the vehicle at Highway 10 and Main Street in Elk River and observed it speeding and crossing both the center and fog lines several times. The stop was made about 4 a.m.

DWI handed to  Maple Grove woman
A 20-year-old Maple Grove woman was arrested for DWI after police responded to a report of a blue car almost striking another motorist shortly before midnight on March 12 along Highway 169.
An Elk River officer caught up with the motorist on westbound School Street. The officer noticed the driver drifted over the center line, and after he stopped her he smelled the strong odor of alcohol.

Energy drink thefts lead to four citations
Four juvenile males were cited for the theft of energy drinks and cigarette lighters at Cub Foods.
Police were called to the store at 4:55 p.m. on March 13. The boys — two 13 year olds from Elk River and one 12 year old boy from Elk River and a 14 year old boy from Big Lake — were already detained. All four were released to their parents.

Police apprehend two after witnessing man fall
Officers who observed a man fall on the ice in the area of Proctor Avenue and School Street on March 12 were able to apprehend the three individuals who had assaulted and chased him.
Two of the suspects — an 18-year-old Elk River man and a 17-year-old Elk River boy — were cited. The younger of the two was cited for underage consumption, motor vehicle tampering, fleeing an officer not in a motor vehicle and possession of tobacco. The other was cited for underage consumption.

Police capture thief
It took a little doing, but the Elk River police issued a 20-year-old Princeton man who fled Wal-Mart on a BMX allegedly with a stolen set of earphones and an energy drink on the afternoon of March 12.
Police called his cell phone from a previous case against the man and found out he had moved. An officer got a new phone number for his new roommate in Princeton who was able tell police he was in Elk River.
He was later located riding north along Highway 169 and was stopped and issued the citation for theft.

Elk River man, 24, arrested for DWI
A 24-year-old Elk River man was arrested for DWI after being stopped for several traffic violations at 10:55 p.m. on March 11 along Highway 10 and Upland Avenue. The driver admitted to being intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. He was arrested for 3rd Degree DWI, with a previous conviction in 2006.

Police apprehend two after witnessing man fall
A 43-year-old Coon Rapids man was cited for theft after allegedly stealing $452.49 worth of merchandise on the evening of March 11 at Cub Foods.
The man stated he had a medical condition that causes him to black out and he was unaware of what happened. He later said he was struggling financially and that he intended to steal the merchandise.

Police apprehend two after witnessing man fall
A 16-year-old Elk River girl was cited for theft on March 11 after she allegedly took clothes and makeup from Walmart.
She was at the store with her mother, but her mom was not in her presence or aware of the theft, according to the police report.
The female was cited for theft and released to her mother.

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