Police report: burglaries, DWI’s, animals on the loose

by Jim Boyle

Storage unit burglary signals summer is coming

Summer must be coming. Elk River Police are investigating a burglary of a storage unit and the theft of an air conditioner on the 700 block of Quinn Street in Elk River.

The 71-year-old Apple Valley man who owns the unit called police at 11:42 a.m. May 19 to report one of his storage units was forcibly entered and an air conditioning unit was taken, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

It is believed that the air conditioner was put into one of the apartments, Kluntz said.

Dangerous driver was easy to arrest for DWI 

It might not have been the easiest DWI arrest, but it has to rank up there.

An Elk River Police officer responded at about 2 a.m. May 19 to a traffic complaint of a wrong-way driver in a white Chevy Impala who was headed north in a southbound lane of Highway 169 near the ERX Motorsports Park. Upon the officer’s arrival on the 21500 block of the highway, the driver handed him the keys and said that he should take them because he should not be in the driver’s seat due to being drunk.

The driver, who was arrested for DWI, submitted to a blood test and was released to Sherburne County Jail staff.

Just as obvious but not as easy an arrest 

A 31-year-old Elk River woman was arrested just after midnight May 19 for DWI after she drove into and onto a concrete island median while attempting to turn onto eastbound Main Street from westbound Highway 10 at a high rate of speed.

The traffic stop investigation led to the driver being arrested for third-degree DWI and seconddegree test refusal.

Officer assists with relocation of reptile 

A 46-year-old Elk River man reported on May 18 there was a snake in the bushes along the 20000 block of Meadowvale Road and he needed assistance in getting it out. An officer arrived and helped remove and relocate the reptile to a nearby wooded area across the street.

‘Burglary’ turned out to be safety measure

A 22-year-old Elk River man approached an officer to report his keys stolen at about 2:30 a.m. May 18 while in the parking lot of Time Out, on the 19000 block of Evans St.

An officer looked into the matter, and the man’s keys were taken out of the ignition of a running vehicle by his brother to prevent the man from driving his car after drinking alcohol. No police action taken.

School Street traffic stop results in arrest 

A 30-year-old Elk River woman was arrested for DWI at about 1:40 a.m. May 18 after being stopped on the 900 block of School Street for traffic violations.

The officer observed the driver was showing signs of intoxication and requested the assistance of an officer working a CRASH detail.

Early birds rat out loitering pig

Oh, Henry. That’s about all the 54-year-old Elk River woman could say when Elk River Police tracked her down to inform her that her pig had been found loitering on the morning of May 17 on the third hole of Pinewood Golf Course on the 18000 block of Waco Street.

After police arrived and found the animal, the owner was also located and “Henry” was escorted back to his residence.

Girl, 14, cited for having marijuana

A 14-year-old Elk River girl was cited May 16 for possession of marijuana after an administrator at VandenBerge Middle School found it in her locker.

Drill doesn’t turn up any hits

Elk River Police conducted a lockdown drill at Salk Middle School, 11970 Highland Road. The K-9 sniff did not result in any citations.

Gas allegedly siphoned from vehicle

A 24-year-old Elk River woman reported that gas was siphoned from her tank on the 1200 block of School Street at the Dove Terrace Apartments.

The victim came out to her vehicle on the morning of May 15 and found the gas cap was on the ground and her gas cap door on her vehicle was open. Approximately 5-6 gallons had been siphoned.

Wapiti Park burglary reported on May 15

Elk River Police took a burglary report at Wapiti Park on May 15. A 65-year-old Elk River woman reported that the office at Wapiti Park was broken into and money was reported stolen. The suspect broke a window and stole money from the cash register. The scene on the 18000 block of Troy Street was processed.