Police report: Bike thief with sore feet, cat nabbed and stolen items returned for cash

by Joni Astrup
Associate editor
A 12-year-old boy who stole a bicycle in Elk River told police he took it because his feet hurt and he wanted to get home faster.
The boy’s mother had called police Aug. 15 and asked an officer to pick up the bike after her son admitted stealing it from the Elk River Ice Arena over the weekend. An officer spoke to the boy about the theft, warned him and took the bike to the police department.
The bike was later returned to its owner, an Elk River woman, 46, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

Cat nabbed from RV in campground
A man reported the theft of his cat from an unlocked RV at Wapiti Park Campground in Elk River.
The theft was reported at 7:40 p.m. Aug. 11.
Police are looking into the matter, Kluntz said.

Items stolen, then returned for cash
Four items were reported stolen from Aldi in Elk River, with a second person returning two of the items for cash.
The theft was reported to police Aug. 15.
Suspicious activity nets two suspects
Two people were cited after a police employee observed suspicious activity in the Elk River Wal-Mart parking lot at 8:28 p.m. Aug. 13. An officer responded and cited an Elk River man, 18, for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana and an Elk River woman, 18, for possession of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Leaf blower worth $500 reported stolen
A man who was doing lawn care at Cornerstone Auto Resource in Elk River reported the theft of his back-pack-style orange and black Echo leaf blower Aug. 13. The blower is valued at $500 and was taken from his job trailer. Two suspicious vehicles had been seen in the area.

Villard man arrested for DWI in Elk River
A Villard man, 25, was arrested for DWI after police were dispatched to a business in the 600 block of Proctor Avenue at 3:36 a.m. Aug. 12 on a report of an intoxicated man who had driven into the lot and then entered the store. Police arrested and transported the man to the police department, where he agreed to a breath test, and then to jail.

Two teens cited after traffic stop
Two girls were cited for drug-related offenses after police stopped their vehicle for failing to yield the right-of-way at School Street and Proctor Avenue in Elk River.
The traffic stop was made at 11:52 a.m. Aug. 17. The officer detected the odor of burned marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
He found a small amount of green leafy substance and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.
A Zimmerman girl, 16, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana. A Princeton girl, 16, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.