UnionHerald crime briefs from the June 16, 2017, edition

Staff Writer
I cover the cities of Andover, Blaine and Ramsey. I have worked at ABC Newspapers since August 2007.

Women sentenced for stealing from Cub Foods

Two California women who went on a shoplifting spree at six different Cub Foods stores in one afternoon were recently sentenced.

Marta Stoican, 32, and Sandica Tudorascu, 54, were sentenced on June 8 in Anoka County District Court on felony theft charges. They were sentenced on a similar charge in Ramsey County District Court. Both were given credit for time served and not ordered to be in jail any longer but must pay $6,720 of restitution in Anoka County. A restitution amount was not set in Ramsey County.

All thefts happened during the afternoon of Aug. 6, 2016. According to the criminal complaints, Stoican and Tudorascu stole multiple packages of Crest White Strips, Gillette razor blades and Rogaine from the five Anoka County and one Ramsey County stores. The retail sales value of all the items they stole at the five Anoka County locations was approximately $6,700 while the value of stolen items from the Maplewood store was about $1,500.

In Anoka County, the thefts occurred at the Blaine stores at 12595 Central Ave., 4205 Pheasant Ridge Drive and 585 Northtown Drive, at the Coon Rapids store at 2050 Northdale Boulevard and in Fridley at 250 57th Ave., according to the complaint.

At their sixth and final stop in Maplewood, Stoican and Tudorascu were caught by store security. Maplewood police found that Tudorascu had been putting items under her dress in a zippered pouch of a homemade apron, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

Man charged for fleeing SLP police

A 37-year-old man was charged June 6 in Anoka County District Court on a felony charge of fleeing police in a motor vehicle.

Erick Paul Bergland, of New Hope, is being accused of speeding away from a Spring Lake Park police officer who was trying to stop him for a burnt out license plate light.

The chase started around 4:30 a.m. June 4 at the corner of Osborne Road and Able Street and did not end until Bergland crashed at the intersection of Highway 65 and Osborne Road, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

High-speed chase on Ferry Street

A 20-year-old man who led police on a high-speed chase north on Ferry Street in Anoka and into Ramsey during the early morning hours of June 3 has been charged.

Cameron Thomas Larson, of Chisago City, was charged with one felony count of fleeing police in a motor vehicle. He made his first court appearance on June 6 in Anoka County District Court.

An Anoka police officer spotted Larson speeding on East Main Street just before 4:30 a.m. June 3. Larson did not stop when the officer pulled behind him and turned on his emergency lights, according to the criminal complaint.

Instead, Larson went through a red light as he headed north on Ferry Street (Highway 47) and allegedly got up to 73 mph in a 30 mph zone. He briefly went into the oncoming lane as he went around the sharp curve near the Anoka County Fairgrounds but no other vehicles were hit.

He again drove in the wrong lane to get past a State Trooper. Just past Bunker Lake Boulevard, he turned off Highway 47 and drove in front of the Penalty Box restaurant and drove through the grass and parking lots. He drove into Rivers Bend Park in Ramsey and drove onto a walking path before finally coming to a stop, according to the complaint.

Larson told police he was nervous and did not know where he was and that he had smoked meth earlier that day, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

Woman charged for alleged domestic incident

A 38-year-old woman is facing multiple charges in Anoka County District Court for an alleged domestic incident in Coon Rapids on June 6.

Carmen Bendu Johnetta Greaves, of Brooklyn Park, was arraigned June 8 in Anoka County District Court on felony charges of second-degree burglary and motor vehicle theft and a misdemeanor of fifth-degree assault.

According to the criminal complaint, Coon Rapids police responded to a call at 10:14 a.m. June 6 of a physical domestic in progress. They were told that Greaves had taken a vehicle without permission when trying to get away from a fight she was having with another person.

The police were called back at 4:31 p.m. June 6 because Greaves had returned. She got into the apartment unit by using keys she had stolen and was immediately confronted and told to leave.

She allegedly grabbed a rice cooker that had rice cooking in boiling water and tried to throw it at the man confronting her but he was able to get it away from her. An iron pot full of cooking grease was on the stove and she allegedly grabbed that as well but was again thwarted. She was tackled to the ground and held down before the police arrived. She allegedly was able to bite one of the people holding her down, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

Charges for drug possession, firing gun

An Andover man is facing two felony charges in Anoka County District Court that stemmed from a domestic call.

Corey Jacob Spah, 19, was arraigned June 9 on charges of first-degree controlled substance possession and reckless discharge of a firearm within a municipality.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement responded to an Andover home at 10:11 a.m. June 2. Anoka County dispatch had been told that a man had fired a gun in a home.

Spah allegedly fired a single shot into a wall while alone inside a bathroom and had a rifle wrestled away from him during the course of a confrontation that others present in the home witnessed, according to the complaint.

Officers recovered a loaded AR-15 rifle and handgun and found a bullet hole in the bathroom wall, according to the complaint.

One woman in the home allegedly admitted to law enforcement that she and Spah had taken a substantial amount of drugs at a party the evening of June 1.

Another witness told the police that on the morning of June 2, he caught Spah snorting a white powder from a canister and found a large bag of Xanax pills which this man said he flushed down the toilet. During a search warrant, officers discovered that Spah had hundreds of prescription pills in his bedroom, according to the complaint.

~ Eric Hagen

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