Police report: Thefts from cars continue in Elk River

by Jim Boyle

Elk River Police continue to see thefts from motor vehicles, but it’s another part of town getting hit now, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

Most of the reports were on Main Street and Simonet Drive.

“We have been resolving some of the thefts on the east side of town through our investigations, but a new group is continuing the trend,” Kluntz said.

The one universal theme, however, is most of the theft from motor vehicle reports involve “unlocked vehicles.”

“We can’t stress to people enough to remove the valuables (or at least remove them from sight) and to lock their vehicles, even when in the driveway,” Kluntz stated.

The police department has had great assistance and cooperation from some  citizens. They have been calling when they see something suspicious and getting good descriptions, license plate numbers, and other information that aids the police when trying to solve these crimes.

“We would much rather be called to your neighborhood to check out a suspicious person or vehicle than to have to come there the next morning to take a report for a damaged vehicle or something stolen,” Kluntz said.

Coon Rapids man, 32, issued DWI on July 27
Elk River Police arrested a 32-year-old Coon Rapids man for DWI after  a complainant alerted police to a vehicle crossing the fog and center line about 2:30 a.m. on July 27 near Highway 10 and Upland Avenue in Elk River. Police observed more suspicious driving behavior and made the stop.

Cell phone stolen after woman left tanning bed
A 20-year-old Albertville woman reported the theft of her cell phone on July 26 from one of the rooms at Tan 24 in the 18000 block of Carson Court, Elk River. She had stepped out of her tanning unit to use the bathroom for about two minutes when the phone was reportedly taken.

Homemade trailer that left road was left behind
A complainant reported a homemade trailer that had been traveling westbound on 205th Avenue in Elk River separated from a vehicle and went off the road on July 26. The trailer struck a tree, causing it to be bent over. The trailer’s license plate was checked and it came back as not on file.

Lake Orono fishing pier damaged
The Elk River fishing pier at Orono Park has been damaged by graffiti. Unknown suspects damaged the pier with marker and spray paint sometime before 8:31 a.m. on July 26.

Rental car clocked for speeding
The driver of a Nissan four-door rental car was clocked doing 45 mph in a 30 zone on the morning of July 26 in the area of the 300 block of Line Avenue in Elk River. The driver, a 38-year-old Elk River man, told police he did not have a reason for speeding.

Poorly timed prank deemed forgiveable
A report of two juvenile females spray painting cars in the Elk River McDonalds parking lot turned out to be a forgivable prank.

Officers located the girls who were using washable markers.  The girls were friends of the vehicle owners and were playing a prank. Police reported that there was no correlation between the recent criminal damage to properties that are being investigated.

Rock damages sliding glass door window
A 55-year-old Elk River man on July 25 reported that a rock damaged his sliding glass door on the rear deck of his home in the 18000 block of Cleveland Street. It did not appear entry was gained into the home.

Late-night run proved to be a bad idea
A late-night run to the border proved to be a bad idea for a 52-year-old Mesa, Ariz., woman. She was arrested for DWI after a police received a report of a possible impaired driver at about 11:30 p.m. on July 29 in drive through at the Elk River Taco Bell.

Stolen fishing gear found at residence
A property owner in the 1300 block of Main Street in Elk River located some fishing equipment which had been recently stolen from a neighbor.  The equipment, which included two fishing rods and a tackle box, was returned to the owner. The report was filed at 6:03 p.m. on July 29.

Unlocked vehicle rummaged through
A complainant in the 1300 block of Main St. in Elk River reported on July 29 that someone went through his unlocked vehicle but nothing was taken.

Chickens not allowed in residential areas
Some Elk River residents are preparing for the departure of some chickens. A neighbor in the 11000 block of 195th Circle called police on July 29 to ask if it was legal to have roosters in a residential neighborhood. Police informed the homeowner the birds had to be removed.

Owner reports two vehicles entered
A vehicle owner reported on July 29 that two  of his vehicles had been gone through and an unknown suspect stole the vehicle keys from one of the unlocked vehicles that were parked n the 1100 block of Main Street in Elk River. The keys had been left in the console of each vehicle.

Motor vehicle theft report filed
A complainant in the 18000 block of Simonet Drive in Elk River reported the theft from a pair of motor vehicles. Someone entered and took $4 in bills and change sometime before 1:35 p.m. on July 29. There was damage to the hood of one of the vehicles.

GPS, other items stolen from unlocked vehicle
It was reported on July 29 someone entered an unlocked vehicle in the 600 block of Xenia Avenue in Elk River and stole several items, including a GPS, power cord and insurance card.

The same situation played out at another residence in the 600 block of Xenia Avenue.

Fishing tale is about theft of  equipment
A homeowner reported fishing and boat equipment stolen from his boat in the 13500 block of 178th Avenue in Elk River.

Unknown suspects entered vehicle
An unknown suspect entered two unlocked cars that were parked in the driveway in the 1100 block of Main Street in Elk River but at this time it appears nothing is missing.

Vehicle has money stolen from it
A homeowner in the 18500 block of Simonet Drive in Elk River reported an unlocked vehicle was entered and money was stolen sometime before 11:39 a.m. on July 29. Also a garage door opener was used to open the garage, but nothing appeared to have been taken.

Unlocked vehicles  allow theft of shells
A complainant reported on July 29 that unlocked vehicles parked in the 1200 block of Main Street in Elk River were entered and several items were taken, including an iPhone adapter, a pocket knife, a pack of Marlboro Reds, four shotgun shells and about $4 in loose change.

New Hope man arrested for DWI
A 54-year-old New Hope man was arrested for DWI after he drove on the roadway in a constrution zone in the early morning hours of July 29 near the intersection of Highway 169 and School Street in Elk River.

Man, 19 arrested for DWI, county warrants
A 19-year-old man was arrested for DWI and two Wright County warrants after being stopped for failure to signal a right turn on July 29 at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and 5th Street in Elk River.

Ashley Furniture reports graffiti
Ashley Furniture in Elk River reported on July 24 graffiti had been painted on their business sign at the corner of Freeport and Jackson avenues.

Sartell woman arrested for DWI
A 26-year-old Sartell woman was arrested for DWI after a report of a driver “all over the road” on Highway 10 near Gary Street in Elk River came in at 10 p.m. on July 28.

Elk River man, 20, is arrested for DWI
A 20-year-old Elk River man was arrested for DWI after a complainant reported a vehicle crossing the fog and center line at about 10:30 p.m. on July 28 in the area of Main Street and Gates Avenue in Elk River.

Elk River man, 27,  arrested for DWI
A 27-year-old Elk River man was arrested for DWI after it was reported an intoxicated male was attempting to leave a business in the 700 block of Dodge Avenue in Elk River on the evening of July 28. The driver admitted to having drank before coming to the business to eat.

Juveniles cited for shoplifting from Cub
Two juveniles were cited July 28 for shoplifting at Cub Foods in Elk River. One boy was detained and the other fled but was located a short time later. One was a 16-year-old Zimmerman boy and the other was a 15-year-old Elk River boy. Parents were contacted and citations were issued.

Items taken from unlocked vehicle
A complainant in the 18100 block of Ogden Street reported on July  28 several items taken from an unlocked vehicle.

Vehicles on Gary Street taken from
Elk River Police responded to the 18000 block of  Gary Street on the evening of July 27 for a report of two unlocked vehicles being entered and stolen from. Among the missing items were change, two HTC universal cell phone car chargers and a bluetooth headset.

Attempt to steal tires believed to have failed
Lee’s Riverside Auto in Elk River reported on July 27 finding their vehicles jacked up. It appeared a suspect(s) was trying to remove tires and wheels but was unsuccessful.