Video catches flower pot theft

This surveillance video courtesy of Lift Bridge Brewery caught the planter thief in action at 5:20 in the morning on Saturday.
This surveillance video courtesy of Lift Bridge Brewery caught the planter thief in action at 5:20 in the morning on Saturday.

They say the camera never lies, but sometimes it shows some surprising pictures. The staff at Lift Bridge Brewery on Tower Drive in Stillwater will attest to that.

When a flower pot outside the brewery went missing in the early morning hours last Saturday, brewery staff checked surveillance footage and got a surprise.

“Well, I mean, at first I didn’t believe that someone would take a planter, I figured it was just some kids playing a prank,” said Lift Bridge CEO Dan Schwarz. “But when I looked at the footage to see an older, gray-haired lady take it, was kind of shocking.”

Schwarz added that the $125 planter was heavy, indicating the woman seen in the footage lifting the pot must be strong.

“It’s gotta weigh close to 100 pounds. We wheeled it out there with a two-wheeled cart so it’s a pretty impressive feat that she managed to pick it up and put it in her car,” Schwarz said.

That vehicle is a newer, white four-door GMC or Chevy, according to Schwarz. The company filed a report with the Stillwater Police Department and Schwarz said he learned there have been similar thefts this spring.

“It’s not a big deal or anything, but it’s just too bad that people just go around grabbing things like that,” Schwarz said.

Anyone with information can call the SPD tip line at 651-351-4945.

Intruder eludes police search

Stillwater Police are searching for a man suspected of breaking into a residence in the 500 block of Churchill Street Sunday.

According to a police report, a woman told officers she returned home and saw a young male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and blue jeans leaving out a back door. She added that she thought he had items in his hands, but she wasn’t sure if anything was taken.

After walking through her home, the woman told officers that she didn’t see anything out of place or missing except in her daughter’s room, where the dresser drawers were opened and contents strewn throughout the room, the report said.

She added that she had noticed that the front door was ajar when she pulled up to her residence, the report added.

Reports said SPD K-9 units were unable to get a hit on a scent and officers could not lift any fingerprints at the scene. The woman and other residents of the home told officers they believe the intruder could have been the daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

Odd situation raises suspicion

The Stillwater Police Department received a call from a resident Saturday saying that a man had come to the caller’s door that afternoon claiming he was doing upgrades for Dish and Direct TV.

The caller told officers the man asked several times to enter the caller’s home. The caller added that they became suspicious and shut the door on the man, who made a rude comment as he left.

The suspect was described as a 20- to 25-year-old clean-cut white male wearing a shirt and jeans. He wore a lanyard which appeared to have the Dish and Direct TV logo along with a clipboard. The man was not seen in a vehicle and a canvas of the area did not locate him.

The caller said they had contacted Direct TV and was told that no one would represent both companies.

Man found passed out in toilet

Stillwater Police officers patrolling the downtown area Sunday morning located a 22-year-old man passed out in the portable toilet set up at Second and Chestnut streets.

Officers found the man after seeing the toilet door shut with the man’s legs hanging outside. Officers woke up the intoxicated man, who told them he was at the Freighthouse earlier in the evening. The man’s parents were contacted and arrived shortly to pick him up.

Motorist files claim over flat tire

A motorist has filed a claim with the city of Stillwater saying her vehicle got a flat tire from a nail that was holding down a vehicle counter tube.

The motorist said the incident occurred when they passed over a vehicle counter on Orleans Street by the city’s public works building. The motorist claims the tube connected to the counter box wrapped around a wheel and a nail that usually keeps the tube secured to the ground punctured the tire.

The incident was documented as part of the claim.

PHOTO CUT: This surveillance video courtesy of Lift Bridge Brewery caught the planter thief in action at 5:20 in the morning on Saturday.