Police Report: fleeing suspect caught, false Facebook creators punished

Cost of gum didn’t cover flat-screen tab
Police are looking for a man who attempted to steal two flat-screen televisions from Walmart in Elk River at about 4 p.m. on Nov. 6.

The man had paid for some gum and walked around for a short time before attempting to leave the store, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

When he was confronted by asset protection officers as he pushed the cart past security sensors, the male party ran from the store and could not be located.

He was described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and about 175 pounds with blonde hair and a pierced chin. He was wearing a black coat and blue jeans.

Hit-and-run along Zane Street reported
A 31-year-old reported a hit-and-run accident at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 in the 18100 block of Zane Street in Elk River.

She told police she had been driving northbound on Zane when she was passed in a no-passing zone and cut off by an unknown driver in a white SUV-style vehicle. She said the vehicle’s rear passenger side hit her front driver’s side quarter panel and front bumper, causing damage.

The suspect vehicle fled the area and was last seen going northbound on Line Avenue.

Business reports theft of power toothbrushes
Elk River Walgreens reported an adult male stole three power toothbrushes after concealing them in his coat and exiting the store sometime before 3 p.m. on Nov. 6.

The suspect fled in a newer silver passenger car. The value of the items has been estimated at $450.
Elk River police will review the surveillance tape as part of their investigation.

Man arrested for  burglary, threats
A 26-year-old man was arrested after police were called to a report of a physical domestic shortly before 9 p.m. on Nov. 5 in the 200 block of Main Street in Elk River.

The man had already left by the time police arrived, but he was later stopped in Big Lake. He was taken into custody and charged with terroristic threats, burglary, assault and driving without a license, Kluntz said.

Juvenile chased by unknown individual
A juvenile girl walking along the walking path behind the Country Inn and Suites in Elk River reported being chased on foot by an unidentified person. The girl ran to her residence in the 18000 block of Dodge Street, and her brother called police shortly before 9 p.m. on Nov. 5.

No suspects were found, and the girl could not provide a description of the suspect.

Graffiti found on pedestrian tunnel
Elk River police have photographed the pedestrian tunnel at the north end of Woodland Trails Park after receiving a report of graffiti on Nov. 4.

An anonymous complainant reported shortly before 5 p.m. seeing several juveniles in the area who were possibly painting the tunnel with graffiti.

Woman cited for  possession of drugs
A 20-year-old Elk River woman was cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer stopped her for expired registration on Nov. 3 in the area of Highway 10 and Morton Avenue in Elk River.

Suspect fled but was still caught by police
A 24-year-old Cedar man was cited for theft after taking items at Walmart at about 5 p.m. on Nov. 3. The suspect had fled but was located by police in the area. He allegedly took an Xbox Kinect and two Wii controllers.

Traffic stop produces drug possession charge
An officer cited a 22-year old Champlin man for charges of possessing controlled substances and drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop shortly after 4 p.m. on Nov. 3 in the 10000 block of 171st Street in Elk River.

False Facebook page creators punished
The creators of a false Facebook page deleted the page at the request of Elk River police.

Police were notified by an anonymous complaint that a fake Facebook page of a former Salk Middle School teacher had been set up and in it contained defamatory information, Kluntz said.

The page was created by two students, who were reportedly punished by the school.

Television stolen from mini-storage garage
A 23-year-old Elk River man reported that he had a TV stolen from a mini storage unit sometime on Oct. 28 in the 11000 block of 191st 1/2 Avenue. The loss has been estimated at $589.

Woman cited for shoplifting at Walmart
A 41-year-old Minneapolis woman was cited on Nov. 2 for shoplifting at Walmart.
The woman was observed by store security placing four items in her purse before proceeding to the checkout. She paid for several items, but not the ones that were later found in her purse.

Man vomiting off deck dealt with
Elk River police spoke to a 19-year-old Elk River man after receiving reports that someone was vomiting and urinating off the deck of an apartment building in the 800 block of Proctor Avenue at 9:20 p.m.  Nov. 2.
The man said he had been sick and was vomiting, but stated he did not urinate off the deck.

The reporting party had also suspected marijuana use, but police found no signs of that. Individuals who were there claimed to have smoked grape-flavored cigars.