Woman swindled by man from online dating website; Eastside Park vandalized

Indecent exposure

Seeking suspect: On May 13, management of an apartment building on the 1000 block of Hadley Avenue reported a tenant had exposed his genitals to others in the building. One witness said that he had walked by an apartment on May 11 and saw the man naked from the waist down while sitting in a chair in the apartment entry. A similar report was taken May 14. Police were not able to make immediate contact with the suspect but intended to follow up on the case.

Property damage

Park vandalized: On May 13, police were alerted that offensive graffiti was spray painted on the basketball court at Eastside Park. The cleanup cost was estimated at $250. Photos of the damage were uploaded, and there are no suspects.

Woman smashes windows: Police were called to the 6000 block of 10th Street May 11 after a woman reportedly began banging on a door and then smashed the windows of a vehicle. The caller reported the 22-year-old woman was in a white Pontiac Grand Am, and police located her in the vehicle just a few blocks away on Ninth Street and Gershwin Avenue. The woman, who had an outstanding Ramsey County misdemeanor theft warrant, was taken into custody and admitted to damaging the vehicle’s windshield and side windows of the victim’s vehicle. She was was issued a citation for fourth-degree criminal damage to property.

Hit-and-run: A hit-and-run crash was reported May 10 on the 4100 block of Geneva Avenue. The caller reported a black SUV slammed into the garage and then sped off. Police found a “vehicle-sized” hole on the south wall of the garage, and the two vehicles inside were damaged.

Thefts

Not a match: On May 13, a 62-year-old Oakdale woman reported being swindled by a man she met on an online dating website. The woman said she began talking to the man on the phone in April, and that she was persuaded to send another person a $400 wire transfer on the man’s behalf for legal fees. The woman said she hasn’t heard from the man since she sent the money on May 6, and now believes she was the victim of a scam. She believes the suspect is somewhere in Europe.

Where’s my car?: A woman reported her vehicle was stolen from the 1200 block of Gentry Avenue sometime between May 7 and 9. The woman said her daughter had parked the 2002 white four-door Saturn on Gentry after it overheated, and that she’d received a phone call on May 9 from someone who said the vehicle had been towed to the St. Paul impound lot. The impound lot staff told police they didn’t have the vehicle, and no other towing companies in the area reported towing it either. There are no suspects in the case.

Trailer stolen: Police were called to the 6900 block of 29th Street May 13 after a caller reported someone stole his Alumna snowmobile trailer from his front yard. The man reported the trailer, valued at $1,000, had no registration or known serial number.

Theft from auto: Two thefts from vehicles were reported outside LA Fitness May 13. In the first case, a woman reported someone broke a side window of her 2004 Lexus SUV and stole her black leather Coach purse containing $200, credit cards and her Minnesota driver’s license. The second report states someone smashed a passenger window of another woman’s 2010 Ford Escape and stole her multi-colored lunch bag containing dishware from the front seat. No other items were taken from the vehicle, and police have no suspects.

Tax refund check stolen: On May 10, a man reported that his $971 federal tax refund check had been stolen from his mailbox on the 6600 block of Seventh Street N. The man said he’d returned home April 24 and found some of his mail lying in the street, and that he believes the check may have been stolen that day.

Job site ransacked: A man reported leaving a job site on the 300 block of Geneva Avenue May 8 and returning the next day to find numerous power tools and elevator keys missing. The items had been locked in the boiler room and only five or six people had keys to get inside. There were no signs of forced entry. The stolen items were worth $3,200.

Petty cash stolen: Police were called to Quantum Merchant Services May 8 after a man reported a former female employee had written business checks for petty cash and then used the petty cash for personal use. The man also alleged that the 49-year-old woman had used at least one business credit card to purchase personal items. In all, a reported $2,400 in petty cash was stolen, and the amount of fraudulent credit card charges was unknown.

Assaults

Teen threatens teen: A 13-year-old boy reported a 16-year-old pounded on his door with locking pliers and threatened to beat him up May 13 on the 1500 block of Granada Avenue in Oakdale. Police responded and found the 16-year-old standing in the stairwell with the pliers. He said he was upset with the other boy, who had allegedly tried to sell him a stolen bicycle, but denied threatening him. The 16-year-old was issued a citation for fifth-degree assault and transported home.

Uninvited guests: An assault was reported on the 1500 block of Hallmark Avenue N. May 11. Police determined that two 26-year-old suspects entered the unlocked door of a residence and assaulted the caller’s boyfriend. The caller said she was punched in the face while she tried to stop one of the suspects from punching her boyfriend. The boyfriend had a cut over his right eyebrow and swelling on his left cheek, but declined medical attention. The incident is under investigation.

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