by Jim Boyle
Chevy Silverado stolen from Elk River home
A 35-year-old Elk River man reported at 5:35 a.m. on Aug. 8 his truck, a 2006 Chevy Silverado was stolen from his driveway sometime overnight The vehicle had been left unlocked, but he had the only set of keys inside the house at the 17000 block of Monroe Street.
Tennesse man going home without vehicle
A 30-year-old Clarksville, Tenn. man was arrested about 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 for DWI after police observed him make an improper turn onto Highway 169 from westbound 193rd Avenue.
The vehicle then accelerated and passed another vehicle and was clocked doing 66 MPH in a 55. He was pulled over in the Elk River McDonalds parking lot.
The driver had three prior DWI convictions on his Minnesota record and one in Tennessee in the beginning of 2013.
The driver stated he is leaving to go back to Tennessee next week. His vehicle, however, was towed to the police department lot for forfeiture.
Nine squads respond to report of ‘burglary’
Elk River Police were called shortly after 1 a.m. on Aug. 9 to the 18100 block of Denver Street for a reported burglary in progress.
As nine patrol squads from Elk River, Sherburne County and the Minnesota State Patrol started arriving, three suspects dressed in black and wearing Halloween masks got into a vehicle and started to leave — but ended up stopping on the road, taking their masks off and revealing to the victims and police who they were.
Their antics were all part of a prank. The parties reportedly had snuck into the home and placed a ‘’creepy clown doll’’ on a table in the kitchen surrounded by burning candles in attempt to ‘’freak out’’ their friends who were having a sleepover.
Homeowners knew the three 16-year-old parties from Elk River and requested no charges. The three juveniles were, however, cited for curfew since none of their parents were aware that they were out driving around at 1 a.m.
Runaway found at Crossing Church
Elk River Police took a report on Aug. 8 of a 17-year-old Stearns County runaway with a warrant who could be at the Crossing Church in Elk River for a recovery class. The individual was located at the church and arrested without incident.
Young girls offered candy on roadside
Elk River Police are looking into a report of someone offering two young girls candy while they walked along Fresno Streeet in Elk River.
The suspicious person has been described as a white male, early 20s, short blonde hair, diamond stud earrings in both ears who was driving a white passenger car.
The complainant reported at about 8 p.m. on Aug. 8 that two girls — an 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl — reported having been on a walk near the 21000 block of Fresno Street when they were approached by the man and asked if they wanted candy. The girls declined his offer and the male sped away. He was last seen headed east on Ranch Road.
‘Cable guy’ gives woman creepy feeling
A 45-year-old Elk River woman reported at about 8 p.m. on Aug. 8 that shortly after Charter Communications left her house from a service call, a white male, approximately 30 years of age, wearing a blue polo shirt with “Charter” embroidery on it, and driving a white van or truck with a ladder rack arrived and identified himself as a “Quality Assurance Representative.” The man was allowed entry into the home in the 19000 block of Zumbro Court. The complainant later called Charter and discovered they do not have field agents in that capacity.
The complainant expressed concern the suspect may have been “casing” her residence. She stated she has an alarm system but was still concerned.
Raccoon keeps woman from her home
A 21-year-old Elk River woman called shortly after midnight on Aug. 8 due to a raccoon outside of her townhouse in the 500 block of Auburn Place.
The animal was not allowing her to enter her home.
An officer arrived and was able to scare the animal away and determined it was not sick or injured.