Police report: gifts stolen, Christmas Day vandalism

Donated Christmas gifts stolen from car in garage 

An Elk River officer was dispatched Dec. 21 to the 1000 block of School Street to meet a complainant in a parking garage to take a report of  theft of Christmas gifts from a vehicle.

The complainant told police that she had locked the vehicle the previous evening when she parked it in her assigned space. When she returned to the vehicle the next evening she noticed that approximately $20 in loose change, two Christmas gift bags and three wrapped Christmas bags had been taken from her vehicle.

The value of the gifts was unknown since she had just received them from her church. The complainant was also unable to describe the gift wrappings but thought they contained winter boots for her grandchildren.

Elk River woman, 27, cited for DWI on Dec. 23

Elk River police arrested a 27-year-old Elk River woman for DWI on Dec. 23 after she was stopped in the vicinity of Highway 169 and Main Street for failure to signal a lane change, weaving within its lane and crossing the fog line numerous times.

Christmas night fight at bar requires attention

Elk River police were called to Time Out Sports Bar on a report of a fight involving several patrons about 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 26. Officers arrived and found the fight had ended and parties involved had separated, according to Elk River Police Capt. Ron Nierenhausen.

A man and a woman, who were reported to be the instigators of the fight, were both intoxicated and uncooperative, according to police.

Another man involved in the Christmas-night fracas was observed striking another female in the face by several witnesses. Several parties were cited and escorted out of the business.

Complainant wasn’t about to fall for scam

A complainant in the 18000 block of Xerxes Street reported Dec. 21 two white males in their early to mid-20s came to the door and said told the complainant he had won a $1,000 grocery sweepstakes drawing.

The complainant told the parties to leave after telling the individuals he wasn’t falling for a scam. The complainant also told police he believes the parties were scoping out the residence or may have been planning to steal his car that was warming up in the garage.

The suspects reportedly left in a light-color minivan.

Bat-waving motorist drives on after incident

A westbound Highway 10 motorist reported that a driver, a lone white male, pulled alongside her and waved a baseball bat out the window at her in a threatening manner after passing her slower-traveling vehicle near Anoka after being stuck behind it for a lengthy period of time.

The complainant, who was near Jarvis Street at the time of her call about 8:39 p.m. on Dec. 25, reported a 10-minute time delay before the call. The information was passed on to Mille Lacs County and the Princeton Police Department, which made contact with the driver and warned him for his behavior.

Christmas Day vandalism report taken on Denver St.

An unknown suspect broke the outer pane of glass on a front window of a house in the 19000 block of Denver Street.

It appeared to have been broken by a rock or ice chunk, according to the complainant.

The complainant, who reported the damage at 1:53 p.m. Christmas Day had no suspects in mind, Nierenhausen said.

Motorist to forfeit vehicle after Christmas Eve arrest

A 37-year-old Elk River man was arrested for DWI after a complainant reported about 7 p.m. Dec. 24 the motorist had been crossing the fog and center lines multiple times along Highway 10. An officer located the suspect and observed the same near Twin Lakes Road and 205th Avenue, and made the stop and arrest. The driver submitted to field sobriety tests and PBT with result of 0.16.

The driver was booked into jail on third degree DWI and second degree refusal to test; her vehicle is subject to forfeiture.

Zimmerman woman arrested with child in car

An Elk River officer responded to a report Dec. 23 of a female driving an Olds Silhouette minivan west on Main Street from Highway 169 under the influence of a controlled substance.

The complainant had contact with the driver in person and reported the driver was out of it. The officer stopped the suspect vehicle on 181st Avenue east of Zane Street, where he met with the 37-year-old Zimmerman woman and administered field sobriety tests. The party was arrested for DWI. There was a child in the car with the driver.

Suspicious vehicle turns up marijuana arrest

An Elk River officer observed a suspicious vehicle with no lights Dec. 23 parked in the cul-de-sac near a closed business near the intersection of Twin Lakes Road and 171st Avenue. When he drove toward it to investigate, the headlights came on and the vehicle began to leave the area, but immediately pulled over again when he crossed paths with the officer’s squad.

Upon contact with the driver, the officer smelled marijuana and discovered a pipe filled with a green leafy substance, two one-hitters, a plastic baggy containing 2.5 grams of a green leafy substance and a metal grinder which contained a green leafy substance.

The driver, a 20-year-old Elk River man, was arrested for the controlled substance crimes.