Thefts, fraud leading crime in Elk River
Elk River Police responded to a theft report on April 25 at Cub Foods. A 21-year-old female was cited for taking a four-pack of disposable razors valued at $11.64. The woman was cited.
Pole barn burglarized
A 43-year-old Elk River male reported his pole barn at 13700 block of 196th Ave. was burglarized sometime between April 20 and 25. Among the items taken were frozen pizzas and power tools. Footprints were observed at the scene and were photographed, according to Elk River Police Captain Bob Kluntz.
White teeth at a cost
Two 16-year-old Elk River females were cited for theft after allegedly taking food and teeth whitening strips from Cub Foods on the afternoon of April 23.
Loss prevention officers at the store had the girls in custody after they left the store with the items in their purses/bags.
The suspects were cited and released to their parents.
Cited for make-up theft
A 16-year-old Elk River female was cited for theft of make-up and released to her parents on the evening of April 24 at Walmart.
Another girl was with her, and possibly served as a lookout, but she did not attempt to steal anything.
A 21-year-old Elk River man reported an alleged case of fraud after he tried selling a snowmobile on Craigslist.
The victim called police on April 22 to report a person claiming to be from Pennsylvania asked him to deposit money with a shipping company for shipping charges on the snowmobile. The interested party said they would deposit money in the complainants paypal account after the shipping company was paid, but never did.
The complainant called Paypal and someone there said it was most likely a scam.
Elk River Police are investigating a string of mailbox vandalism cases, most of which happened in the 19200 to 19400 block of Ogden St. and the 19300 to 19500 blocks of Lander St in the last two weeks. Another case happened in a separate part of town in the 11400 block of 197th Ave.
In several instances the mailboxes were pulled up and placed in a ditch without being damaged. At least one mailbox may have been damaged to the point of no longer being usable.
A 35-year-old Zimmerman man was arrested about 2 a.m. on Apri 23 for DWI after an officer working a CRASH detail observed the motorist cross over the centerline and fog line while northbound on Highway 169 near Main Street.
The driver was stopped at 193rd Avenue and Highway 169 and cited for 4th degree DWI.
While working the same detail, police stopped another motorist for crossing the fog and centerlines and for varying speeds. A 16-year-old front seat passenger was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
RR crossing runner
A 47-year-old Big Lake man was observed driving through the red lights of the railroad crossing as the arms of the crossing were coming down at Proctor Avenue on the evening of April 25, Kluntz reported.
The driver stated he “just wanted to get through it.”