Issue#653: May 11, 2016
A Message form Chief Knight
Shoplifting Arrest Leads to the End of Metro Area Crime Spree

At 6:45 AM, Wednesday 11 May 2016 Chaska officers responded to a shoplifting report at a local Super America station, on Crystal Lane in Chaska.

Officers encounter four adult males, one of whom was the alleged shoplifter near the store location, in a car.  Responding Chaska officers were Sergeant Mike Duzan, Officer Lee Meyer, and Officer Joe Carlson. 

Very quickly evidence was observed that implicated the group as suspects in a residential burglary and an armed robbery, among other crimes, that had occurred overnight in other metro area jurisdictions.  
The Chaska shoplifting suspect has been booked into the Carver County Jail. Three others are in the custody of other metro area police agencies. 

None of the suspects lived in Chaska, and it is unknown why they were here.  Adding to the “mystery” of their being in Chaska is that fact that the suspects had money, thus no need to steal a pack of cigarettes. Thus, the freedom of these four went up in smoke.

Evidence Clerk Julie Vilks
Welcome Julie Vilks

Julie Vilks, a graduate of our most recent Citizens Academy, has joined our ranks as a part-time Evidence Clerk.  This position is being funded by our Drug Forfeiture Account monies, as collected via Minnesota state statutes.
Our officers and detectives collect a vast amount of evidence and property.  All items must be inventoried, secured, protected from contamination, accounted for, and made available for court proceedings and/or release to the rightful owner(s).
A few years ago Detective Sergeant Rachel Nelson received extensive training in regard to Police Station Evidence Rooms and evidence handling.  She spent a year bringing CPD current with industry standards and best practices.
Julie will be vital to ensuring the ongoing integrity of our evidence/property protection responsibilities.              

Chaska Elementary Career Day
On Friday 6 May Officer Ashlee Bahl, Officer Kelly Boll, Executive Officer Sergeant Tony Kjorstad and Chief Scott Knight visited with several Chaska Elementary School students, during “Career Day”.  The children were able to talk with the officers about safety, what the officers wear and why, and examine police vehicles.   

Chaska Officers issued 26 citations and 21 warnings during this reporting period.
There were 201 calls for service.
Sergeant Juell stopped a vehicle for speeding on Hwy 41.  The male driver was intoxicated and failed field sobriety evaluations.  He was arrested and charged with DWI.

A speeding vehicle was stopped by police in the area of Hwy 41 and Woodland Drive. The female driver had consumed alcohol and failed field sobriety evaluations.  She was taken into custody and charged with DWI.

A male assaulted a female during an altercation at her residence.  Police responded to the home and placed the male under arrest.  He was charged with domestic assault and 5th degree assault.

A burglary occurred at a residence and Items were reported stolen.  Investigation continues.  

A male assaulted his girlfriend in the parking lot of a business.  He fled the scene prior to police arrival.  He was later located and taken into custody by another law enforcement agency.  He was charged with domestic assault and interfering with a 911 call.

Police responded to a business parking lot for a report of a suspicious vehicle.  Officers located the vehicle and the male driver, who was in possession of heroin and hypodermic needles.  The male was arrested and charged with felony 5th degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of hypodermic needles.

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