Police reports: Bar fight, pet store oddity, stolen car, more ...
A Lakeland woman reported March 6 that items were stolen from her vehicle outside the YMCA, 2175 Radio Drive. The woman found the vehicle's window smashed out. A bag containing a Bible was missing.
A St. Paul man reported March 6 that $1,000 worth of bull riding equipment was stolen between June and September of 2012 from a Sherrie Lane residence. The man discovered the theft after finding photos of the missing equipment on the Internet.
A Chanhassen woman reported March 6 that someone stole the contents of her purse from a model home in the 11000 block of Riverstone Trail. The woman had left the model home to conduct business. When she returned, she discovered the theft, which is being investigated as a burglary. Loss: $100.
A River Falls, Wis., man reported March 7 that his car was stolen while parked behind Express, 9140 Hudson Road. The vehicle, a 1995 Honda Accord, was valued at $1,500. No suspects or witnesses.
Police were called March 7 to Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, for shoplifter report. Loss prevention saw a woman push a cart loaded with $280 in merchandise out of the store and confronted her. The woman ditched the cart and left in a late '90s Buick sedan. Police didn't locate the vehicle.
A Woodbury woman reported March 8 that she was involved in a fight with her drunken roommate. The woman said the roommate had been drinking and "everything came out" and started an argument that led to the fight. The two women scratched each other's faces and pulled one another's hair. Police couldn't determine the primary aggressor. No charges filed.
Police responded March 8 to Target, 449 Commerce Drive, for a theft report. Store surveillance captured a male and a female taking a $400 wireless music player from a display. The video shows the people transporting the item, which was missing its alarm wrapping, to the guest services desk. The suspects attempted to return the item with a receipt that already been used. Unsuccessful, the suspects left with the item without paying for it.
Workers at Target, 449 Commerce Drive, reported March 8 that a shopper spent up to four hours at the store, during which time she filled a cart with health care products and perfume. Loss prevention approached the woman and she abandoned the cart. She then used a credit card - determined to belong to someone else - to buy "handful of items."
Police were called March 8 to Pet Evolution, 2230 Eagle Creek Lane, for a suspicious activity report. Workers there reported a mane entered the store and asked to use the restroom. The worker heard the faucet run for a few seconds before the man came out of the restroom. The man had talked with the worker about a vacuum business. Police later determined the man had driven a vehicle registered to a Forest Lake man with a warrant for his arrest.
Workers at Champps Americana, 8418 Tamarack Village, reported March 9 that two men were fighting at the bar. One man left in a vehicle before police arrived. The other combatant was still at the bar, was being loud and appeared intoxicated. A bartender said the men had battled at the bar before. Both men were trespassed from the restaurant.
A resident in the 8900 block of Stonebrooke Trail reported March 11 that a wooden flagpole was stolen from his residence. The pole contained a flag reading "Irish for a Day." Total loss: $50.
Police responded March 11 to the 3300 block of Ridgestone Way for a burglary report. A man who works for a builder doing work in the area reported a refrigerator was stolen from a residence there. A note was found in the home's kitchen reading "Fridge was damaged picked up and returned." The builder said his company "doesn't operate that way" and that if those conditions existed, he would have been notified. There was sign of forced entry and the home had been locked. It appeared that whoever removed the refrigerator took out - and then replaced - the front door to make room. Evidence was collected.