COLUMBUS TOWNSHIP

JAN. 12

Theft. A trailer was stolen off of the tow hitch of a vehicle that was parked at Coon Lake Beach while the owners were on the lake fishing.

MAPLEWOOD

JAN. 3

Burglary. The back door of a house in the 1900 block of Hazelwood Street was forced open. A 9-mm handgun, computer equipment, jewelry, cash and a TV were taken.

JAN. 12

Theft. An unlocked vehicle in the 1400 block of Frost Avenue was entered. The title, insurance information and bowling balls from the back seat were taken.

ROSEVILLE

JAN. 11

Theft/property damage. A resident in the 1300 block of Ryan Avenue heard a loud crash outside his house. He walked outside and saw two men run away and get into a pickup. The resident called 911.

As the police dispatcher was advising officers of the incident, a Roseville officer recalled seeing a pickup matching the description earlier in the night in the same area. The officer noted the license plate number of the vehicle seen earlier and notified other officers.

A short time later, an officer located the suspect vehicle in the area of Skillman and Snelling Avenues. The officer stopped the vehicle and noticed stolen property in the bed of the pickup. The driver, a 19-year-old man, ran from the pickup. As the officer ran after him, he noticed the second suspect, an 18-year-old man, also run from the pickup.

After a short foot pursuit, the driver was taken into custody by a Roseville Police Department canine. The same canine tracked the passenger and he was also taken into custody after a brief struggle.

Police located seven victims of theft and criminal damage to property in the southern area of Roseville and northeastern area of Falcon Heights. The investigation showed that the two men used a metal pipe and baseball bat to break the windows of at least seven vehicles.

ST. PAUL

JAN. 8

Robbery. Three men, one of them armed, invaded a home in the 1900 block of Case Avenue, making off with some jewelry during a mid-afternoon robbery, police spokesman Tom Walsh said. The jewelry belonged to a man who had lived at the residence, and it was being kept in a jail inventory bag. Three women were in the home at the time of the incident, police said, but none were injured.

Attempted suicide. In a case described as "very cool" police work, St. Paul police officer Francisco Molina was credited with talking a man out of jumping from the Wabasha Street bridge. The man, who'd been on the other side of a railing, hanging over the Mississippi River by one hand, finally agreed to let officers help him back onto the bridge about 2 a.m. after Molina "was able to establish a dialogue," police spokesman Tom Walsh said. Asked if police had magic words to deal with such situations, Walsh replied: "Everyone of these is different. I don't think there's a formula that works ... it's a question of patience and being logical."

Investigate. Officers responding to a report about a brick being thrown through the window of a vehicle parked in the 600 block of Cottage Avenue E. discovered that there also were three dead squirrels near the vehicle, police said. It was unknown if the two developments were related. There were no suspects.

JAN. 9

Theft. An ATM was carted from the lobby of a building at Children's Hospital of St. Paul, 345 Smith Av. N., police said. A videotape from the hospital's security cameras showed that four men were in the area between 3:43 and 3:49 a.m., and that two could be seen loading the machine onto a dolly and rolling it toward parking-ramp elevators. Investigators were awaiting a dvd copy of the security tape.

JAN. 10

Robbery. A woman who had arranged a date with a man she met online reported that he showed up for the date in the 300 block of Cottage Avenue W., pulled out a handgun and robbed her of $60, police said. "It was a very brief encounter," police spokesman Tom Walsh said.

JAN. 11

Aggravated assault. A 22-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend by punching her, biting her and slamming her head in a car door. The victim was taken to Regions Hospital, but the injuries were not life-threatening, police spokesman Tom Walsh said. A laceration above one of her ears required eight stitches to close, he said.

JAN. 12

Warrant arrest. An officer working on Payne Avenue reported being approached by a 66-year-old man who said he needed a ride to a church in the 1000 block of E. Minnehaha Avenue. The man, who didn't like the cold weather, planned to get money at the church so he could buy a bus ticket to Sacramento, Calif., he told the officer. A check of the man's ID, however, revealed he had two warrants for his arrest, one for a traffic violation and the other for terroristic threats. He was taken, instead, to the Ramsey County jail.

JAN. 14

Robbery. The owner of Classic Pizza, 466 Hamline Av. S., was pistol-whipped and robbed of about $1,000 in cash at the restaurant about 8 p.m., police said. Injuries were minor, police spokesman Tom Walsh said. Police had a good description of the suspects, he added. "This one might come full circle," Walsh said.

WOODBURY

JAN. 15

Burglary. A 19-year-old Minneapolis man and a 19-year-old Columbia Heights man were arrested for burglary near Interstate 94 and Radio Drive.

NORTH ST. PAUL

JAN. 8

Suspicious item. Police were dispatched to Southwood Park after a report of a suspicious jar. When they arrived, they learned the jar was part of an Internet scavenger hunt.

JAN. 12

Found property. Police responded to the 2300 block of Ariel Street regarding used needles scattered in the snow. The needles were properly disposed of at the police department.

Aimee Blanchette • 612-673-1712