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Oakdale Police Blotter: Customer Pockets Fellow Patron’s Forgotten Wallet

In other reports, multiple car break-ins reported, car stolen from parking lot, police search for teen who got out of parent's vehicle

A customer who forgot her wallet at the service counter Sunday after returning an item wasn’t lucky enough to have the customer behind her in line alert her to the mistake, according to an Oakdale Police Department report.

Instead, the woman also made a return, and then left with her wallet—which contained financial cards, cash and a driver’s license with a total value of $640, the report says.

Police have suspect information based on the woman’s credit card and surveillance video and are following upon the theft, according to the report.

The following incidents were also reported to Oakdale police Jan. 3-9:

Jan. 3:

  • Someone at the Holiday station at 10th Street and Hadley Avenue reported that a man pumped $55 worth of gas and drove off without paying. The vehicle had been involved in another gas drive-off on Dec. 26. The registered owner of the SUV said it had been sold to an unknown person last April.

Jan. 4:

  • Police gave a 31-year-old woman a ride to her home in St. Paul after an employee at the reported she had been loitering in the store for nearly two hours. She appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.
  • An officer stopped a driver after seeing her back up at a stop light on Highway 5 and then turn onto southbound Geneva Avenue from the right lane. Police found that the driver’s license was cancelled and that she had a body only theft warrant out of Dakota County. The woman, a 37-year-old from St. Paul, was arrested on the warrant.
  • A 19-year-old North St. Paul woman was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and having a small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle after she turned over a grinder and two baggies with marijuana residue to police. Police approached her while responding to a suspicious vehicle report at an apartment building in the 1200 block of Glenbrook Avenue.

Jan. 5:

  • Someone broke the driver’s side window out of a car parked at the between 9 p.m. Jan 4 and 8 a.m. Jan. 5, causing $350 damage.
  • A resident in the 7100 block of 37th Street reported that someone made a fist-sized dent in the back of her trunk between Dec. 24 and Dec. 30 causing $250 damage. She said she suspected someone with whom she’d been having ongoing problems.
  • Police responded to on a report of a theft in progress, and when they arrived, the suspects were leaving in a vehicle. Police determined that the driver had a revoked license, and that he had concealed a $22 package of saw blades and left the store without paying. The man, a 22-year-old from St. Paul, was cited for driving without a license and theft.

Jan. 6:

  • A 57-year-old Oakdale man was arrested for DWI in the 7000 block of Stillwater Boulevard at about 2 a.m. after failing field sobriety tests and a preliminary breath test.
  • Someone stole the rear, driver’s side tire from a Buick parked in the 1300 block of Gentry Avenue between 9 p.m. Jan. 5 and 1:15 a.m. the next day. The loss is approximately $50.
  • On Jan. 5 between 8:13 and 8:16 p.m. someone dumped two bags of household garbage into the metal recycling Dumpster at Safe Harbor Systems. The incident was captured on surveillance video.
  • Someone entered a locked garage at a home in the 1600 block of Granada Avenue and went through items in the garage. Nothing was stolen, but the hood of a vehicle parked in the garage was dented. Entry was made through a hole in the wall from the adjacent garage between 8:30 p.m. Jan. 5 and 8:30 a.m. the next day. The neighboring garage had been left unlocked. Someone had gone through the glove box and center console of a car parked in that garage, but nothing was stolen.
  • Someone stole a backpack and $125 calculator from an unlocked gym locker at between 11:18 a.m. and 12:43 p.m. Jan. 5.
  • Someone stole $511 worth of rubber-coated copper wire from a yard in the 2300 block of Geneva Avenue between Dec. 31 and Jan. 6.
  • An Oakdale resident reported that her grandson was assaulted at Tartan High School. The boy, a 15-year-old, had been punched in the face by an acquaintance, and he had a fat lip and bloody nose. Police located the suspect near 10th Street and Hadley Avenue. The juvenile admitted to the assault and was issued a juvenile citation.
  • Someone entered a locked garage in the 3700 block of Hamlet Avenue and stole an $800 snowblower between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. No one was home at the time of the theft.

Jan. 7:

  • The driver’s door lock to a vehicle parked in the 300 block of Geneva Avenue was broken and a pool cue, pool cue case, phone and other items totaling $132 were stolen between 2 and 2:30 a.m. The property damage estimate is $400.
  • A complainant reported that an intoxicated man watching a youth basketball game at was causing problems with other parents. Police found the man, a 35-year-old from Maplewood, and the man said he was ready to leave. Police gave him ride to 10th Street and Geneva Avenue.
  • Someone entered an unlocked vehicle parked at and stole $290 worth of clothing and other items between 4:15 and 7:30 p.m. 

Jan. 8:

  • A resident in the 7100 block of Upper 17th Street called 911 to say that he didn’t like where he was living, and that he wanted to go to jail instead. Police said they couldn’t help him, and the man said he planned to call his social worker the next day.
  • A 12-year-old was bitten by a dog while walking in the 5400 block of Golfview Avenue. The bite broke the skin. The incident report was forwarded to a community service officer for dangerous dog follow-up.
  • Three residents complained that people were driving loud motorbikes at high speeds on Tanner's Lake late at night. The noise complaints raised questions about whether Oakdale police or the Washington County Sheriff's Office patrols the lake. The Oakdale Police Department determined that it is their jurisdiction, however Washington County will assist when needed.
  • Police searched for 45 minutes before finding a 14-year-old who, in the midst of an argument, took her mom up on the offer to get out of the car and walk. She got out of the car in the 6200 block of 34th Street and was found on 50th Street and taken home.

Jan. 9:

  • Police stopped a driver after her car struck the curb while turning from Geneva Avenue onto 10th Street. She had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and admitted to taking migraine medication about one hour prior to being stopped. She had no alcohol in her system. The woman, a 48-year-old from Woodbury was drug tested at the Woodbury Police Department. She had a prior DWI arrest for drugs in April of 2004.
  • A vehicle was stolen from a parking lot in the 4000 block of Geneva Avenue between 9:30 p.m. Jan. 8 and 9 a.m. the next day. The car is worth $700.

The above items are taken from the . In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. The arrested person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Incidents are listed in the order in which they were reported, not necessarily the order in which they occurred.

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