Police report: neighbor prevents burglary, Zimmerman car fire

by Jim Boyle

Possible burglary foiled by neighbor’s call
An officer responded to a report of a possible burglary-in-process call on the morning of Aug. 15 in the 1100 block of Main Street.

A person called shortly before 7 a.m. to report that their neighbor was out of town and it appeared someone was in the home.

Officers arrived and surrounded the home. A 35-year-old man from Elk River and a 35-year-old woman from Anoka were located in the home.  The male suspect was known to the homeowner. The victim later responded to the scene and reported that items in the suspects’ vehicle belonged to the victim. Both suspects were taken into custody on suspicion of burglary.

Suspects wearing all black were spotted
A 31-year-old Elk River man reported Aug. 13 that a camera and GPS unit were stolen from his vehicle while it was parked in the 18000 block of Pascal Drive. A neighbor reportedly saw a car parked in the area around 11 p.m. Aug. 6 and observed several people dressed in black running through the neighborhood.

Woman bicyclist bit by dog while on trail
A 75-year-old woman and her husband were riding their bikes in Woodland Trails Park Aug. 11 when a black and white dog approached her and bit her multiple times on her leg and ankle. Police were later able to locate the dog and owner, who reportedly fled with two small boys after the incident. Police are investigating.

Suspicious phone call about Medica a scam
An 80-year-old Elk River man reported Aug. 9 a suspicious phone call from someone stating they were with Medica. After giving out some information, the man called Medica and learned that the call from Texas was a scam. He closed the account he had given information out on.

This was the scene of a car fire in the Zimmerman area before Zimmerman-Livonia Fire District could get there. Photo by Peggy Croteau

Zimmerman Fire responds to car fire
Zimmerman Livonia Fire District was dispatched at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 12 to a vehicle fire in the 245th block of County Road 19.

Upon arrival of the first unit, the vehicle was fully involved in fire. Firefighters extinguished the vehicle fire and a small grass fire caused by the vehicle fire.

Witnesses on scene who called 911 said they found the car with fire coming out the windows and no one around the vehicle.

Blood trail leads to dog with cut paw
A 71-year-old Elk River man reported to police on the morning of Aug. 9 that he found a blood trail near 633 Main St. leading to Jackson Avenue, where the trail was still evident.  Police later learned that the blood trail was from a dog that had cut its paw while on a walk with its owner.

Stray Lab struck with companion by her side
A caller reported two stray dogs near the intersection of Twin Lakes Road and 205th Avenue on the evening of Aug. 8. Police responded to the call that came in at 6:44 p.m.  They arrived to find one dog, a female black Lab, had been struck by a vehicle and died.  The other dog, a female chocolate Lab which would not leave its companion’s side, was impounded for safety.

The officer stated in his report he had hoped the dog had a chip so the owner could be notified of the situation, but it did not.

Chain saw found in bushes along Tipton
An employee for Elk River Municipal Utilities called police to report that he had found a chain saw in some bushes near where he was working in the 500 block of Tipton Avenue. Police took the chain saw for safekeeping.

Man suspected of thefts remains elusive
Walmart reported Aug. 14 a black male approximately 35 to 45 years of age wearing a white T-shirt and black pants attempted to steal a cart full of meat and Tide detergent. The man was stopped in the vestibule of the general merchandise entrance.

When an employee approached the man and asked for a receipt the man said his girlfriend had it and he left the store and parking lot. It’s believed the male may be responsible for several thefts at the Elk River retailer.

Herbicide stolen from vehicle at Walmart
A 53-year-old Zimmerman woman reported Aug. 11 that an unknown suspect broke out her passenger-side window on her vehicle and stole a plastic bottle of herbicide while it was parked at Walmart. The bottle, now damaged and leaking, was later located by police and returned.

Otsego speeder  arrested for DWI
A 36-year-old Otsego man was arrested for DWI after being stopped about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 11 for speeding in the area of the 11400 block of 193rd Avenue.

Mountain bicycle  stolen outside Aldi
A 17-year-old Elk River boy reported Aug. 10 the theft of his bicycle while it was parked at Aldi in the 19000 block of Holt Street. The bike was a gold and black Huffy-brand mountain bike.

Speakers stolen from unlocked vehicle
A 33-year-old Elk River woman reported Aug. 10 that someone entered her unlocked vehicle and stole two speakers while it was parked in the 18000 block of Concord Street.

Loud exhaust alerts police to drunk driver
A 25-year-old Nowthen man was arrested for DWI after being stopped for a loud exhaust system that had a popping and crackling sound under acceleration. He was stopped about 12:21 a.m. Aug. 12 in the area of Main Street and Highway 10.

St. Paul man, 52, arrested for GM theft
A 52-year-old St. Paul man was arrested for gross misdemeanor theft after he allegedly took more than $500 in merchandise from Walmart.  Elk River police were called to the store at 8:48 p.m. Aug. 11 after he had fled on foot. The man was located in the southwest corner of the Home Depot parking lot.

Dalbo woman reports her cell phone stolen
A 32-year-old Dalbo woman reported Aug. 13 her cell phone was stolen from an outside pocket of her purse while she was at Walmart.