Strangers suspected in weekend party thefts

Kia Farhang

Three Marcy-Holmes residents had their valuables stolen from multiple parties last weekend after strangers showed up, according to Minneapolis police reports.

University of Minnesota alumna Kaila Narum was at a party on 14th Avenue Southeast when her friends let a man into the house on Friday, one report said .

“He was the only one we didn’t know,” Narum said. “He said he was locked out of his apartment.”

Narum’s mother texted her early Saturday morning to tell her someone had used her credit card to buy food and pay for a taxi, the report said. Narum said she then canceled all of her credit cards.

In a second incident, a University student had his wallet stolen Friday night from a party on 11th Avenue Southeast, a Minneapolis police report said.

After hearing a laptop had been stolen from the party, the student went inside to check on his belongings, the report said. He saw people running away from the party and noticed his wallet and phone missing.

Jimmy Notto’s l aptop went missing early Saturday after his roommate had friends and family over to their Stadium View apartment on Delaware Street Southeast, according to a Minneapolis police report .

“I had arranged for one of my friends to pick up my laptop,” the Art Institutes International Minnesota student said. When the friend came by early Saturday morning, the laptop was still there.

Later that day, Notto’s friend returned and the laptop was gone. Notto’s roommate told him he didn’t know one of the people who had been at the house the night before.

“We do see a fair amount of that ‘uninvited guest’ or … ‘friend of a friend’ type of thing,” said University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner . “First rule of thumb would be not to allow people you don’t know into your residence.”

 

Assault at Fairview

A University of Minnesota Medical Center patient assaulted two emergency room staff Wednesday, according to a University police report .

Miner said the patient, who is not affiliated with the University, was violently pushing staff and swearing at them.

“The patient was intoxicated and under the influence of some narcotics,” Miner said.

 

Public urination

A man and woman, both unaffiliated with the University, were cited for public urination in separate incidents over the weekend, according to University police reports.

University police saw a man urinating near the Franklin Avenue light rail station Saturday night, according to one report . The man was having trouble keeping his balance, the report said.

An officer observed a 61-year-old woman squatting in the grass Sunday night near the Donhowe Building on 15th Avenue SE, another report said .

“That’s not too common that we would deal with somebody of that age in that situation,” Miner said.