South-West Review police reports published February 11, 2018

South-West Review police reports published February 11, 2018 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul


Inver Grove Heights

Suspicious person

On Jan. 31, an after-the-fact suspicion report was made in the 9800 block of Inver Grove Trail by school officials. An officer previously checked the area for the subject after an unknown parent also reported the same individual directly to the officer. The officer was unable to find anyone at that time. The physical description of the subject in the incident is similar to a description of another subject in another suspicion report from Jan. 30. School district officials are aware of the situation. 


What about my lease?

A woman reported Jan. 27 that she had made an arrangement with a person she knows to rent a house from him in Eden Prairie. On Jan. 26, she gave the person $1,200 as a deposit and part of the first month’s rent. He gave her a key to the residence. On Feb. 1, she attempted to use the key at the residence and it did not work, the house still had a lease sign on it and the suspect blocked her on Facebook. She believes she was scammed.


That’s not your car

On Jan. 31, officers were called to the intersection of 75th Street and Clayton Avenue for a disturbance. Officers found that the vehicle involved was stolen, and a 20-year-old man was arrested for possession of stolen property.


Attempted burglary

A man reported Jan. 31 that he noticed pry marks on the door frame around the lock mechanism on his front door that were not there three days ago. The man believed someone attempted to break into his house but was unsuccessful.



Someone called police Jan. 31 to report a theft in the 7100 block of Ballard Trail. The total value is $56,302.75. 



On Feb. 1, a 15-year-old boy was violating a trespass notice in the 2900 block of 80th Street East. The boy was escorted from the premise and later cited for the violation. His guardians were notified as well.


Funny money

On Feb. 4, someone reported the use of counterfeit currency in the 11600 block of Courthouse Boulevard.


Identity theft

On Feb. 5, a 29-year-old man said someone was using his information to earn income in other states.


It’s just a suspension

A report came in Feb. 6 from the 5400 block of Audobon Avenue that a 41-year-old man was fighting with his 15-year-old son because of his suspension from school. The father and son were separated for the night. 


Mendota Heights


A resident reported their credit card missing from their home and found fraudulent transactions on their bank account.


Damaged mailbox

Officers responded to the 1000 block of Overlook Road Jan. 27 on report of a damaged mailbox. The homeowner discovered a damaged lock and believed it occurred between Jan. 24 and Jan. 26. It is unknown if anything was stolen.



A foreman at a job site in the 700 block of Highway 110 told police Jan. 30 that tools were missing from the worksite. The foreman left the items outside of the work site lock box.


Warrant arrest

Police pulled someone over on Jan. 30 at the intersection of Highway 110 and Lexington Avenue on the suspicion of expired registration and a misdemeanor warrant for the registered owner. The driver was confirmed to be the owner and was transported to Dakota County Jail.


Under the influence

A school resource officer was made aware Jan. 31 of an incident where a juvenile was possibly under the influence of marijuana. The juvenile was searched and found in possession of marijuana and was later issued a citation and released to parents.


Jump the fence

A homeowner in the 900 block of Delaware Avenue said that on Jan. 31 his home surveillance system recorded a man walking through his backyard. He thought it was suspicious because he has a six-foot tall fence.


Not so routine

A routine license plate query Feb. 1 revealed the registered owner of the vehicle to have a revoked drivers license. The driver matched the description of the registered owner. Police pulled the vehicle over and could smell marijuana coming from inside the car.  A search revealed a pipe and burnt marijuana. The driver was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, driving after revocation and no proof of insurance.


South St. Paul

Attempted burglary

On Jan. 24, a suspect broke a window into the backroom of a restaurant and then entered the building. The suspect attempted to break into the cash register but was unsuccessful. 


Warrant arrest

Officers responded to the 1200 block of Southview Boulevard Jan. 24 for a woman who wished to turn herself in on an active warrant out of Dakota County for gross misdemeanor driving after cancellation. 


You have to pay for that

A woman walked out of a business in the 1200 block of Southview Boulevard Feb. 25 and set off the theft alarm. According to the store manager, the woman, who had been in the cosmetics area, got into a car and left the parking lot. The manager believes the woman took $50 to $60 worth of cosmetics.


Pump and run

An attendant at the SuperAmerica in the 1100 block of Concord Street North called police Jan. 29 after a vehicle pumped roughly $52 worth of gas before leaving.


Drug possession

On Feb. 2, police were called to the 200 block of 13th Avenue South for a suspicious person in the restroom. Upon arrival, the police were told a man had been in the restroom for approximately 30 to 45 minutes and was seen with a torch lighter and glass pipe. Police made contact with the man and determined he had an active warrant. A search of the man found a clear, plastic bag with a crystal-like substance suspected to be methamphetamine. The man, without being asked, said it was methamphetamine. 


Not very friendly

A man came into police headquarters Feb. 5 to report threats he had received on Facebook. He said that ever since he replied to a post on the SSP Neighborhood Talk page regarding national news of the F.B.I releasing documents, he has been harassed by a woman. He told police the woman called him a racist, bigot, sexist and she was going to report him to the Purple Heart group of Minnesota. He told police that the women claimed she knew personal information about him. After being told he was going to report her, the man said she started deleting her comments.

A sergeant read over the post the man provided and advised him none of the posts were in violation of state statue. He advised the man that this type of vulgarity and behavior is to be expected on social media. The man was advised not to engage with the woman.


Missing boxes

A woman called police Jan. 24 after noticing several boxes that had been closed and placed in her detached garage had been gone through. She told police she asked her husband and child if anyone had gone through the boxes and said no one had. An officer checked the service door to the garage and found no visible damage that would indicate it had been forced open.


West St. Paul

What alarm?

Police got a call Jan. 31 that some sort of alarm had been going off for the last hour and was possibly coming from the old Kmart. The caller could hear it, but upon arrival, the responding officer did not hear any alarm. He spoke with some men in the parking lot who said they too had heard an alarm coming from the old Kmart, but it had stopped. The officer checked the main doors, which were secure, and did not see any fresh footprints leading up to any other doors.



A customer came into a bank with a fraudulent check Feb. 3 and was trying to cash it. Bank staff told him they needed to verify the check, so he was waiting inside at the window unaware the police had been called. The bank verified with the check holder that it was a fraudulent $250 check.


Follow the leader

A vehicle was following a woman home Feb. 4, so she drove to Holiday because she didn’t feel comfortable going home. The woman was nervous to go outside. The other driver, a woman, went into the store saying she was lost and not following the other driver.


Stolen merchandise

Someone from a business in the 1600 block of Robert Street South called police Feb. 5 to report a man who had stolen merchandise on him. The caller tried to confront him before he left the store, but the man took off with a Walmart bag containing cellphone accessories and lighters. 


Please donate

A woman called police Feb. 6 after getting a call the previous Friday from a man stating he was from the police department and was looking for donations. The woman recorded the call and did not give him any money. 


Just a little intoxicated

A drunk patron walked outside of a business in the 980 block of Smith Avenue South Feb. 6 and was urinating in the street. He left his can and food inside. The staff member who called it in told police this has been an ongoing issue. The man was given a trespass notice.


Loud gamer

Someone called police Feb. 7 from the 1500 block of Charlton Street because of hearing screaming and pounding coming from a nearby apartment for the past 45 minutes. A man could be heard yelling at another party. When police talked to the loud man, who was the only occupant in the apartment, he told them he was playing his PlayStation online with headphones on. He apologized for the disturbance.

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