Police in FL arrest 2 on suspicion of burglary

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

Two arrests were made in Forest Lake on Sunday afternoon when police responded to reports of attempted residential burglaries on S. Lake St.

Capt. Greg Weiss said officers were called at 5 p.m. to the 400 block of S. Lake St to investigate a report of a male who was attempting to break into multiple residences along Highway 61.

Upon arrival the witness said the man fled in a van and was carrying a large knife. Officers later located the van in the 1000 block of SW 7th Ave.

Weiss said a felony stop was conducted on the van because of the knife. The passenger, an adult male, 32, from the Forest Lake area, was arrested for criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.

The driver, a 37-year-old female from the Forest Lake area, was arrested for second-degree driving under the influence.

Both were transported to Washington County Jail in Stillwater pending formal charging.

On Monday a city officer observed a vehicle driving erratically in the municipal lot and made a traffic stop at 4th and W. Broadway Ave. The adult male driver, 25, was arrested for third-degree driving under the influence.

When he was advised by the officer that he was under arrest he resisted the officer. He now faces an additional charge of obstructing legal process with force.

Neither the officer nor the suspect was injured. He was booked at the county jail.

Suspect Named

A suspect has also been named in an earlier series of residential burglaries in Forest Lake and Scandia.

Thomas Patrick Streets, 65, of Chippewa Falls, WI, faces burglary charges stemming from his arrest in Scandia on Monday, April 9.

The arrest followed a series of like crimes in Forest Lake and Scandia. He is also being investigated for possible crimes in Wisconsin.

The arrest followed a citizen’s report of a vehicle matching that of a vehicle used in the earlier burglary reports.

The citizen had received information from a CodeRed alert issued by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and took action to help area law enforcement officers.