South-West Review police reports published April 15, 2019

Inver Grove Heights

Warrant arrest

On April 2, a caller reported two suspicious vehicles, which were stopped. A man and juvenile were arrested for outstanding warrants.


Officers responded to the 3200 block of 78th Street April 4 for a domestic disturbance. A 31-year-old man was arrested for an outstanding warrant as a result.


Slew of charges

Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Upper 55th Street and Bishop Avenue April 3 for a disturbance. A man was arrested for assault, disorderly conduct and damage to property. 



On April 3, officers responded to the intersection of Robert and Amana trails for suspicious activity. A 20-year-old man was arrested for DWI as a result. 


A report of an intoxicated woman came in April 4 from the 8800 block of Broderick Boulevard. A 30-year-old woman was arrested for driving while impaired at Highway 52 and 117th Avenue. 


Poor dog

A dog was found running loose April 3 in the 7400 block of Clayton Avenue. A concerned citizen picked up the dog, which seemed neglected, and brought it to the owner who was belligerent. The owner was ordered to take the dog to the veterinarian for treatment and said he would do so.


Stolen tools

A man told police April 4 his work tools were stolen from his work vehicle while it was parked in the lot of Home Depot April 2.


Theft and more

A theft was reported in the 7800 block of Cahill Avenue April 5. After investigating, a 34-year-old woman was cited for theft and transported to Dakota County Jail for outstanding warrants.


Stolen tech

An employee at Greenwood Mini Storage called police April 8 after multiple units, that were set to be auctioned, had property stolen from them. The employee said he had evidence, including video surveillance, that the suspect was a former employee who had been fired for stealing. Besides the units, the office was burglarized as well, and a laptop and DVR were stolen. Fifteen cameras on the property were stolen or damaged. 


Check and run

Officers responded to the 2900 block of 80th Street April 9 for a report of a man attempting to cash a fraudulent check. Officers located the suspect vehicle and a pursuit was initiated north on Highway 52, but it was terminated at Southview Boulevard. 


Mendota Heights


While on routine patrol March 29, an officer came across a vehicle stopped in the turn lane at the intersection of Highway 13 and Victoria Curve. The driver of the vehicle was unconscious and the officer attempted to wake the driver. The driver did wake up and drove the vehicle into a sign — the driver was arrested for DWI.

Delayed reporting

A resident came into the department lobby March 29 to report that something they ordered in January never made it to them despite showing that it had been delivered. The resident had not received the packages and the retailer was requesting a police report before issuing a reimbursement.


No room at the hotel

Officers were called to a hotel near the 1000 block of Northland Drive on a report of someone yelling and swearing at staff. The man was denied a room because he didn’t have an ID. After clearing the situation, officers were called back two more times to deal with the couple before they were verbally banned and driven to another hotel.


Just in case

On March 31, officers were called to the 1900 block of Dodd Road to check on a woman who was behaving strangely. The woman claimed to be fine but embarrassed. Officers followed the vehicle to ensure the woman drove safely. She nearly caused an accident and was stopped. Officers found she was under the influence of a narcotic and was booked into Dakota County Jail.


Little early on the prank

A report of vandalism came in March 31 in the 2000 block of Copperfield Drive. A vehicle was found with profanity written on it in soap — turns out it was an April Fools’ prank.


Attempted fraud

A woman reported April 1 that a check had been stolen from her mailbox in the 600 block of Arcadia Drive. The thief attempted to cash the check at a bank.


Who’s out there?

A call came in April 2 from the intersection of Highway 13 and Victoria Curve from a woman who said there was an unknown man going through her boyfriend’s vehicle. The man had taken off on foot and she followed him to the intersection. Officers searched the area but did not find the man.


Lock the door

Officers took a report April 3 from the 900 block of Delaware Avenue from a man who said his vehicle had been gone through overnight. The vehicle had been left unlocked but nothing was missing.


Shouldn’t be on the road

On April 4, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding on Interstate 35E and Wagon Wheel Trail. It was discovered the driver had a revoked license and no insurance on the vehicle. The officer impounded the vehicle and issued the driver a citation for driving after revocation, speeding and for having an uninsured vehicle. 


Property damage of some kind

A suspect was seen running away from an abandoned property near the 800 block of Sibley Memorial Highway April 4. Officers located three people fleeing on some nearby railroad tracks. Statements were taken from all three and one was charged with damage to property.


South St. Paul


On April 3, an officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Marie Avenue on a report of two or three people possibly tampering with motor vehicles. The caller was following the people in the alley between Sixth and Seventh avenues. Officers found one of the suspects who ran. The caller told police he saw several dark figures pulling at car handles. Police checked the vehicles in the area and there was one vehicle with the doors unlocked and scattered contents. 


Don’t drive

An officer on patrol of Kaposia Landing April 3 pulled a woman over in a vehicle after she passed him. She was leaving the nearby dog park, but the officer noted the direction the vehicle was driving and where the dog park entrance was were not the same. An automated plate reader showed the officer the vehicle had an alert on it and it was found that the woman had a revoked license. The woman was placed under arrest and her dog was transported a local animal hospital. 


Grilling time

On April 4, an employee of a business in the 200 block of Bridgepoint Drive told police that sometime overnight, someone cut the lock to a gate and got onto the business’s property. The suspect then entered an enclosed trailer and stole a grill. Another trailer was entered and keys may have been stolen. 


Apartment fire

Officers were called to an apartment fire April 5 in the 100 block of Park Street East. When police arrived, South Metro Fire was already on scene. The resident who lived where the fire started told police he was preparing oil to fry chicken and after heating the oil went to his bedroom. When he returned to the kitchen the stove was on fire, which he attempted to extinguish with the water. No one was injured as a result of the fire. Never attempt to put grease fires out with water, always try to smother the fire. 


Too drunk to drive

On April 9, an officer saw a vehicle slow for a stop sign on 21st Avenue South at Southview Boulevard but not come to a complete stop.  The driver was pulled over and the officer could smell alcohol from inside the vehicle — the driver’s eyes were red and watery. The driver told police he had had one beer before driving. The driver blew a .15 and had prior driving impaired convictions.


West St. Paul


On April 3, a man called police from the 900 block of Robert Street to report a burglary that had happened overnight. There were force entry pry marks on the interior doors, and a camera and two laptops were missing.


Only aggressive looking

Police got a call about three men fighting across from Burger Time on April 4. Police spoke with two of the three men who both said it was just an aggressive-looking verbal argument and no physical fighting took place. All three men were roommates and had been drinking. One of the men ran from police upon arrival and the other two said they were fine if he returned home later.


Well that’s just odd

A young man was dancing in the middle of Robert Street near Thompson Avenue in the median April 4. The caller said the man, who looked about 19, was taunting cars like he wanted them to hit him. Police were unable to locate the man


I know these things

An anonymous call came in April 4 from the area of Smith Avenue and Dodd Road about criminal activity going on at the corner. The caller said men inside a white SUV were possibly doing drugs. When asked by police what was suspicious, the caller said he’s “from L.A. and knows gang activity.”


Move along

An employee of a business in the 1500 block of Livingston Avenue called police April 6 about a camper parked in the lot that had electric plugged into the building. The caller had just pulled the cord out and didn’t know how long the camper had been there. She said they didn’t have permission to be there unless they were washing clothes. An officer came by and advised the man in the camper to move along.


Got ya

A shoplifter was caught after fleeing on foot with stolen merchandise from the 1600 block of Robert Street April 6. The man dumped clothing items he had stolen, but when arrested was found in possession of controlled substances. He was jailed on charges for fifth-degree drugs, theft and fleeing on foot.


Knock, knock

A man was throwing rocks at a building in the 1900 block of Oakdale Avenue April 7. The caller had video that showed the man throwing a rock at the building to get someone’s attention. The rock-thrower left before police arrived.


 Battle duck

A man was being charged by a duck when he tried to go out his patio door at an apartment on Thompson Avenue April 8. The man thought the duck laid an egg nearby, and the complex told him to call the city. The man tried to get in touch with the nature center in town but no naturalists were available. Police told the man the bird was just protecting its nest and tried to inform him of how to deal with the birds.


He doesn’t work here

On April 9, a woman was inside a restaurant in the 1600 block of Robert Street yelling and looking for someone who didn’t work there. The woman said she thought her son, who she reported as a runaway to St. Paul police, worked at the store. She thought employees were lying to her, but they told the woman he didn’t work at the store. The woman eventually left.



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