Burglar hits occupied residence

Stillwater Police are searching for a brazen burglar who stole an iPad, two iPhones and a wallet from a home while the owner was asleep early Monday.

The burglary was discovered in the early Monday morning hours when the owner of a residence in the 1300 block of Linden Street West awoke to the sound of a door slamming.

The victim checked his kitchen and discovered the missing items, then went to see if his daughter still had some friends over from the evening and learned they had left at around 9 p.m. Suspecting a burglary, the victim got in his car and drove around his neighborhood to see if he could see anyone coming from the direction of his house. He found no one.

Responding officers determined the perpetrator had entered an unlocked gate on the property. Total value of the items stolen is about $900. K-9 units were unable to locate a suspect.

Juvenile arrested after accident

A 17-year-old male was arrested early Saturday by Stillwater Police on multiple charges including robbery/theft, assault, DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.

The incident that led to the teenager’s arrest occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to a police report. Officers responded to a call regarding a vehicle that had struck a tree in the front yard of a private residence, the report said.

Two teenagers allegedly in the vehicle — the 17-year-old and a 16-year-old male —fled the scene after the accident, the report said.

Officers searched for the teenagers and found them at a residence on the 1100 block of Gilbert Court, the report said. Officers entered the residence, saw one teenager matching the description of the suspect and then noticed another run and hide in the basement, the report added.

After arresting the two teenagers, the 16-year-old told officers that the 17-year-old jumped in the younger boy’s car, struck him and told him to move over so he could drive, the report said.

The 16-year-old added that he had been at his ex-girlfriend’s home overnight and returned to take the car home that morning. He consented to a take Breathalyzer test and passed, according to the report. However, the 17-year-old’s Breathalyzer test showed a .215 BAC, the report added.

The case has been forwarded to the Washington County Attorney’s Office Juvenile Division. It was requested that the 17-year-old be charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, theft of motor vehicle, gross misdemeanor criminal vehicular operation, fifth-degree assault, misdemeanor DWI and leaving the scene of a property damage personal accident.

South St. Paul man dies in wreck

HUDSON, Wis. — A South St. Paul man died in a two-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon at the Interstate 94 eastbound ramp in the town of Pleasant Valley.

The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as 72-year-old John Alfred Burnside. The driver of the second vehicle, 38-year-old Amy Olson of Hammond, Wis., and Olson’s passenger, 4-year-old Finn Olson, suffered minor injuries, according to the SCCSO.

The accident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. According the SCCSO, witnesses said Burnside stopped his car at the ramp intersection at CTH T, then pulled on to CTH T and was struck by Olson’s vehicle traveling south on CTH T.

Burnside’s vehicle struck a guardrail on the east side of CTH T and Olson’s vehicle came to rest on the road, the SCCSO said. Burnside and the Olsons all were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Burnside was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner’s Office. He is the seventh traffic fatality in St. Croix County this year.

Assisting at the scene were the United Fire Department, and Baldwin Police and EMS departments. The accident remains under investigation.

Compiled by Stillwater Gazette staff

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