Police report: Burglary in progress, felony theft from Walmart and napping behind the wheel

Elk River police were called to a residence in the 18000 block of Cleveland Street on Aug. 12 on a report of a burglary in progress.
They arrived to find two males, one of whom previously lived at the home.
They took an 18-year-old into custody for burglary. The suspect was handcuffed and then fought with officers while in the back of a squad car. He attempted to kick them, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.
This same person is also suspected in another theft from a home on Aug. 11 in the 18000 block of Cleveland Street.
The victim reported the theft of two diamond rings, an air compressor, a GPS system, a stereo and a jar of change.

Police investigate felony theft case
A 27-year-old Blooming-ton man was arrested for felony theft after allegedly taking items from Walmart in Elk River. The man is suspected in several other similar thefts from the store. Police are investigating.
They were called to the Elk River store on Aug. 12 on a report of a known male in the store loading items into a hand basket. Officers responded. The man left the store without paying for items and ran into the parking lot.
He was taken into custody without incident. He had left the store with $1,479 in merchandise, including clothing and blu-ray discs.

Suspicious vehicle had drunk driver
A 30-year-old New Brighton man was arrested for DWI on the morning of Aug. 13 in the 300 block of Morton Avenue in Elk River.
Police came across the motorist while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle. A complainant reported a maroon vehicle parked on the wrong side of the road with the driver’s side door open and someone sitting in the driver’s seat.
Upon police arrival, the man was found sleeping. Police woke him and proceeded to administer field sobriety tests, which led to his arrest.

Boy cited for assault after Lions Park fight
A 17-year-old Elk River boy was cited for fifth degree assault and disorderly conduct after someone reported a fight in progress on the night of Aug. 14 in Lions Park in Elk River.
The suspect admitted to taking care of the victim for snitching on him. He was taken to a family member’s house. The victim’s mother was notified.

Parrish Avenue Bridge vandalized
Elk River police received an anonymous complaint on Aug. 14 about graffiti on the west side of the Parrish Avenue bridge.
An officer discovered several diagrams, slogans and vulgar words  painted in various colors on the Sherburne County side of the Mississippi River. Photos were taken, but there were no immediate suspects.

Truck broken into at Babcock Park
A 71-year-old Zimmer-man man reported that his truck was broken into while at the boat landing at Babcock Park in Elk River. A suspect or suspects broke out the passenger side window and took a cell phone. The park is located in the 17900 block of Highway 10. The theft was reported at noon Aug. 14.

Residential fire reported in Elk River
A 29-year-old Elk River man reported a fire at his residence located in the 21000 block of Meadowvale Road at 3:28 a.m. on Aug. 14. When the Elk River Fire Department arrived, smoke and flames were visible at the southwest corner of the residence. Firefighters extinguished the fire.

Tinted windows stop leads to DWI arrest
A 28-year-old Plymouth man was arrested for DWI in the early morning hours of Aug. 14 after a traffic stop in the 16500 block of Highway 10 in Elk River.
He was spotted with illegally tinted windows, a violation the Minnesota State Patrol cited him for last month.
During contact with the driver, signs of intoxication reportedly became apparent.

Trailer hitch stolen from vehicle at Cub
A 36-year-old female from Elk River reported that her trailer hitch was stolen from her vehicle while at Cub Foods in Elk River on the afternoon of Aug. 12.
An unknown witness left a note with possible suspect information, including suspect vehicle information. The reported license plate, however, was “not on file.”
Police requested a copy of the surveillance video from the store, located in the 19000 block of Freeport Street.

Landscape lights taken from home
A 63-year-old Elk River man reported on the morning of Aug. 12 someone removed four solar landscape lights from the top of his fence posts in the 13000 block of 180th Avenue N.W.
The complainant recovered four of the light lenses but not the solar light covers.