Stolen plates being used in gas drive offs

by Jim Boyle

Editor

A 19-year-old Elk River woman reported that sometime before 1 a.m. July 10, someone stole the front license plate off her vehicle, which had been parked in the 1000 block of School Street.

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office left her a voice mail saying that her plate used in a gas drive-off at around 2:30 a.m. at Super America gas station in St. Michael. Police advised the woman to immediately remove the rear plate, destroy it and to go to the DMV to get new plates.

A 31-year- old Elk River woman, who lives in the 800 block of Proctor Avenue, reportted July 15 her license plate was stolen and used by someone in Becker to steal gas.

The woman told police she does not know when or where the plate was taken, because didn’t notice that the plate had been taken until after she received a phone call from a Becker police officer advising her plate was used in a gas drive off in their city.   There are no suspects.

Photo by Jim Boyle A failure to yield at the intersection of Proctor Avenue and Elk Lake Road was ruled the cause of this crash Monday night involving two Elk River teens and a passenger. Elk River Police were called to the scene at 8:16 p.m. July 14.  The two-vehicle crash resulted in injuries, but all three individuals involved were turned over to their parents at the crash site.  One of the drivers, a 17-year-old Elk River girl was cited for failing to yield when turning left.  The other driver was a 16-year-old Elk River boy. The girl was going south on Elk Lake Road when she was making a left turn onto Proctor. The boy was traveling north on Elk Lake Road through the intersection when the girl allegedly turned in front of him.

Photo by Jim Boyle
A failure to yield at the intersection of Proctor Avenue and Elk Lake Road was ruled the cause of this crash Monday night involving two Elk River teens and a passenger.
Elk River Police were called to the scene at 8:16 p.m. July 14. The two-vehicle crash resulted in injuries, but all three individuals involved were turned over to their parents at the crash site.
One of the drivers, a 17-year-old Elk River girl was cited for failing to yield when turning left. The other driver was a 16-year-old Elk River boy.
The girl was going south on Elk Lake Road when she was making a left turn onto Proctor. The boy was traveling north on Elk Lake Road through the intersection when the girl allegedly turned in front of him.

 

Vehicle sale didn’t include the owner

A 34-year-old Eagan man reported July 14 that he purchased a vehicle from someone for cash and labor. After not receiving the title and the vehicle breaking down, it was returned for repair.

The victim later learned the vehicle was not owned by the seller and the vehicle has since been returned to the real owner in the 16800 block of Highway 10.

Elk River man has items taken

Elk River Police were called to the Elk River McDonald’s at 8:45 p.m. July 13 on a report of a robbery and an assault.

Upon arrival, police met with a 15-year-old Elk River boy and an 18-year-old Elk River man who alleged that an Elk River teen took shoes, a hat and a cellphone from the 18-year-old man.

The suspect, a 17-year-old Elk River boy, and two others later came to McDonald’s and tried to search the 15-year-old boy, but he refused.  One of the males assaulted the 15-year-old boy, then the three suspects left in a vehicle.

The three suspects were located in a vehicle in the 500 block of Freeport and were stopped by police. A 17-year old Elk River boy was taken into custody for simple robbery, a 19-year-old Prior Lake man was cited for fifth-degree assault and a 17-year-old Elk River boy was cited for underage drinking and driving.

 

Graffiti etched into  car parked on street

A 16-year-old Elk River girl reported July 13 her vehicle was damaged when someone etched a swastika and the word “Jew” on it when it was parked in the 19400 block of Irving Street.

There was also other profanity and graphic images etched into the driver’s side of her vehicle. The complainant said that she may be able to get the damage buffed out, but didn’t know what it would cost.

Police were given suspect information, and they are following up on the matter.

 

Noisy party leads to drinking citations

An anonymous complainant reported several juveniles partying in the backyard at a residence in the 20000 block of Meadowvale Road.

They were reportedly very loud and talking about how drunk they were. The investigation resulted in nine individuals being cited for underage consumption and one adult male transported to Mercy Hospital for a possible head injury. The juveniles were released to their parents.

The juveniles were from Ramsey, Otsego, Elk River and Plato.

 

Loud stereo attracts police, drug arrest

A 19-year-old Ramsey man who attracted the attention of police with the bass from a loud stereo on July 12 and a cracked windshield was cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

After being stopped near the intersection of Elk Hills Drive and Highway 169, the driver said his stereo was new and he had plans to fix the windshield. Meanwhile, an officer detected an odor consistent with the odor of marijuana from the interior.  The driver handed a baggy with pot and a glass pipe from under his seat after being questioned.

During a probable cause search, a small digital scale was also located under the driver’s seat.

 

Golf clubs taken while he cleaned his car

A 23-year-old Elk River man cleaning his car at about 8 p.m. July 13 at a gas station in the 18000 block of Zane Street had a set of golf clubs stolen.

He had placed that set and another by his car before moving it to move to another vacuum that was working. When he realized that he had left the golf clubs there, he saw that one set was missing.

There had been 12 to 13 Nike golf clubs in a brown-tan nylon bag valued at $600. Police were given suspect information.

Run for tacos almost causes vehicle crash

A 23-year-old Big Lake woman was arrested for a felony warrant and a 21-year-old Otsego man was arrested for DWI and possession of a controlled substance (meth) after a complainant reported shortly before 9 p.m. July 11 a driver who nearly caused a motor vehicle crash was now in the Taco Bell drive-thru.

Driver who struck   mailbox tagged for DWI

A 27-year-old Elk River man was arrested July 11 for DWI after he allegedly hit a mailbox in the 11800 block of 191 1/2 Avenue.

Police were dispatched to the area on a report of vehicle vs. mailbox property damage accident. The caller reported the driver was currently walking westbound away from his vehicle. An officer made contact with the driver, who stated he swerved to miss some children in the roadway.

The investigation led to the driver being arrested for fourth-degree DWI-controlled substance.

Onerus workplace odor leads to call for help

A 31-year-old Woodbury man, bothered by a foul odor near and around his desk at an Elk River place of employment, sought help from the Elk River Police.

He reported on July 11 that for the past 10 months, he had been smelling the rotten smell and that day he found a bottle of liquid fart spray on a man’s desk located next to his.

The complainant wanted to know how to handle the matter. After being provided with options, complainant stated he was going to speak with his manager about the problem. He was told to call back if the problem continued.

Woman wants pictures removed from Facebook

A 27-year-old Elk River woman in the 600 block of Auburn Place reported July 11 a former friend posted four pictures of her on his Facebook page and she wanted them removed. Through an interpreter, the officer advised her how to contact Facebook administration and request the photos be removed from his page, along with instructions on how to block him from accessing her page.

Stolen vehicle turns up at Elk River paint store

A vehicle belonging to a 32-year-old Blaine woman was located near the Sherwin Williams store in the 19000 block of Evans Street. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of the city of Blaine.

An on-call investigator was contacted due to the relation to other similar incidents and the vehicle was towed to the Police Department for processing.

Lawn tractor operator warned for behavior

Officers responded to the 184th Avenue and Polk Circle on July 10 on a report of a male who was seen riding a lawn tractor down the middle of the roadway and swearing at people as he passed.

The complainant reported the suspect was last seen westbound on 184th Avenue. After checking the area for several minutes, the suspect returned to the area and was stopped.

The listed male was aggressive when stopped but showed no signs of chemical impairment. The male was instructed to return to his residence and was warned for his conduct outside.

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