Police report: Alarms detect vandalism, controlled substance crime uncovered

Police look for suspect in gas station armed robbery
Elk River police are looking for a white male, who was wearing a ski mask, a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and gray tennis shoes during an alleged armed robbery Tuesday night in Elk River.

Police were called to the BP gas station at 19696 Evans St.  about 8:12 p.m. Oct. 29 on a report of an armed robbery at the store.

A 22-year-old Zimmerman woman was working there when the suspect reportedly came into the store and displayed a handgun, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.  The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, Kluntz stated.

No vehicle description was provided. Police are investigating and are asking for assistance from the public.  Anyone who may have witnessed the robbery is asked to call police.

Incidentally, a 13-year-old juvenile male from Elk River was stopped near the scene of the robbery several minutes after the robbery call, but it was determined that he was not involved.

Garage door mysteriously opens
An Elk River homeowner in the 10000 block of 179th Lane awoke  in the early morning hours of Oct. 29 to the sound of her overhead garage door opening, according to Elk River Police Capt. Ron Nierenhausen.

The woman called police at 5:01 a.m. to report the occurrence. Though the door had actually opened, there was no indication anyone had been inside.  It’s unknown why the door ascended, Nierenhausen reported.

Controlled substance crime uncovered
Elk River police stopped a vehicle at 8:56 p.m. Oct. 27 in the vicinity of Highway 10 and Jackson Avenue for an inoperable headlight and cracked windshield.

When an officer made contact with the occupants, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed several baggies of a green leafy substance and pipes. Cash was also forfeited, Nierenhausen reported.

Car snaps power pole after deer ran out
Elk River police responded to a car-versus-deer motor vehicle accident at 3:50 a.m. Oct. 27 at the intersection of Meadowvale Road and 205th Avenue.

A motorist traveling in a northeast direction on Meadowvale Road near the intersection of 205th Avenue hit a deer that ran onto the roadway. The driver swerved in hopes of avoiding a collision with the deer and drove into the east ditch, striking a power pole which caused severe damage to the vehicle.

The impact caused the power pole to snap in half, which caused the guide wire to fall onto the roadway, Nierenhausen reported.

A resident’s yard was also damaged by the vehicle before it came to rest. The motorist had minor cuts and a sore shoulder, but refused medical treatment. He had also been drinking alcohol, but was not impaired.

The vehicle was towed, no citations were issued, and a state report was completed.

Alarm detected a case of vandalism
Officers responded to a video alarm at a business in the 15000 block of Jarvis Street at about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 28. Suspects fled, and K-9 search was initiated. It was later determined to be a case of vandalism but the suspects were never found.