South-West Review police reports published April 22, 2019

Inver Grove Heights


Over the past couple weeks, someone has been dropping garbage on city land along the railroad tracks on the east side of the 6200 block of Concord Boulevard.


Mail theft

Between April 4 and April 5, mail was stolen from a mailbox in the 4700 block of Barbara Avenue that contained the mail owner’s debit card number.


Smelling good

Someone stole a check and cologne from a vehicle parked in the 4800 block of Ashley Lane between April 5 and April 6. 


Warrant arrest

Officers conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Concord Boulevard and Cahill Avenue April 10. A 61-year-old man was arrested for an outstanding warrant as a result.


Helping hand

Inver Grove Heights officers were requested April 10 to assist South St. Paul police in the 6500 block of Cahill Avenue for a vehicle with stolen license plates.



On April 11, officers responded to a domestic assault and a 33-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges stemming from the incident.


Package theft

A package was stolen sometime on April 5 after it was delivered to a leasing office in the 4900 block of Ashley Lane.



Between April 8 and April 10, two checks were forged using account information for a business in the 3300 block of 69th Street.


Shouldn’t have that

An officer responded to the 8100 block of Cahill Avenue East April 15 on a report of a minor in possession of a stun gun — a 13-year-old boy was cited and his parent was notified.


Warrant arrest

On April 17, officers were dispatched to the 5700 block of Bishop Avenue for a motorist assist, and a 35-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants.


No real emergency

Officers responded to multiple 911 calls between April 15 and April 17 in the 5600 block of Bishop Avenue and 6800 block of Blaine Avenue for nonexistant emergencies.


Mendota Heights

Mail thieves

Officers were dispatched April 5 on a report of mail strewn across several yards in the 10 block of Hingham Circle. Officers collected the mail and returned it to the owner. While no mail was known to be missing, it appeared other mailboxes had been ransacked as well.



On April 5, an officer pulled a vehicle over for an equipment violation in the 900 block of Douglas Road. While speaking with the driver, the officer could smell alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. The driver failed a field sobriety test and was booked for third-degree DWI.


A stern warning

Officers responded April 6 to the 1300 block of Northland Drive on reports of a disturbance at a hotel. Upon arrival, it was determined that a cab driver was over-charging riders for their fares. 


No driving for you

A man was pulled over while driving near the intersection of Lexington and Marie Avenues April 9. Turns out he had a revoked driver’s license and the vehicle was uninsured. The vehicle was impounded, and the driver was cited.


Not cool

The Inver Grove Heights School District reported that a driver had failed to stop for a school bus stop arm on April 9 near the intersection of Mendakota Drive and Mendakota Court.


Not today

Someone called the police department April 10 to report damage to a car door in the 1300 block of Second Street in Mendota. The door was damaged as someone tried to pry it open, however they did not get into the car and nothing was stolen.


That sucks

A resident told police April 10 they had lost their bank card at a shopping center and that it had been used since, accruing about $4,000 of fraudulent charges.  


South St. Paul

Stolen plates

On April 10, an officer saw a vehicle go by in the 1300 block of Seventh Avenue that had stolen plates. The driver was pulled over, but a check of the plates showed the plates belonged to the man, as did the vehicle. The man was told to contact St. Paul Park police for further details on why his plates were entered as stolen.


That’s not you

On April 11, an officer saw a vehicle being driven poorly at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and Concord Street — it also had an inoperable brake light. A check of the vehicle’s registration showed it was expired as of November 2018. The officer pulled the car over and the driver, who said she didn’t have a valid license or insurance, gave the officer a name that was not on file. The driver gave the officer a slew of other information that was questionable. Her identity was eventually discovered, and she had two warrants for her arrest. 


Not cool

A man called police April 12 to report that earlier this year he had been contacted by a company called “American Homeless Circle of Veterans” that asked him for a donation to homeless veterans. He agreed to a $10 donation but didn’t want to it to be reoccurring. He told police the company had taken money from his account last month, which was not authorized. He called his bank and cancelled all payments to the company. He called police because “he didn’t want this to happen to anyone else.”


Broken window

On April 12, an officer was dispatched to the 700 block of First Avenue South after a woman called to report that the back window on her vehicle had been broken. 


So many warrant arrests

While on routine patrol April 14 on Southview Boulevard, an officer discovered through a license plate check that the registered owner of a vehicle had a felony warrant for drugs out of Dakota County. The officer pulled the vehicle over at Southview and Sixth Avenue South and confirmed the driver was the man with the warrant. 


A vehicle was pulled over April 14 on Seventh Avenue South for a missing headlight. The officer noticed the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and also discovered the passenger had a warrant out of Pierce County in Wisconsin for their arrest.


Officers were called to the 1000 block of Eighth Avenue April 15 via an anonymous tip that a woman with multiple warrants was at a residence on the block. The woman was found inside the residence and arrested for her warrants as well as new drug charges.


West St. Paul

Surprise check

A woman called police after receiving suspicious mail on April 10 in the form of a check for $2,400. The woman was concerned because the check had all of her personal information — she thought it was a scam. Police confirmed her suspicions. 


Spread it out

A large mound of sand was dumped in the roadway April 10 near Stryker and Crusader avenues. An officer attempted to spread it out by using his feet when an ISD 197 plow guy drove by and offered to use his plow to spread it out.



There was a disruptive customer at a business in the 1100 block of Robert Street April 11. The customer was confronted after he was allegedly found to be stealing things and became disorderly, being rude and swearing. Not only was the customer disorderly, he also threatened harm when he said he was going to have a group of people come and assault the caller.


Full of junk

Someone called April 11 about a trailer being parked for 10 days in front of a house in the 1300 block of Stassen Drive. Police figured out that the trailer was directly in front of its owner’s house. The owner said he tried to move it often so that it didn’t bother anyone. No ordinances were violated, and the owner was told to move it closer to his house.


No watch for you

A man called police April 11 from the 1100 block of Ottawa Avenue after a watch was taken from a package. The package was then placed in the mailbox without the watch inside it.


Peace keeper

Two women were arguing and yelling in the customer service area of a business in the 1600 block of Robert Street April 13. An officer stood by to keep peace while one finished her transaction with management.


Loud noises

A noise complaint came in April 14 from the 900 block of Smith Avenue. Loud music and TV could be heard from an apartment and it was disturbing other tenants. The police spoke with someone in the unit who said they would turn things down.


Go skate somewhere else

Four kids were skateboarding April 14 in a parking lot in the 1000 block of Smith Avenue. The kids were told they were on private property and to skateboard elsewhere.


Not legal

Two mini dirt bikes were driving up and down Arion Street April 15 with no lights on. The caller told police the bikes had been out there about 20 minutes and made four passes through the area. An officer spoke with the two men who had one mini bike between them. They were advised of the complaint and informed the bike was not road legal — they put the bike away.


A round of kickball

A call came in April 16 from the 100 block of Thompson Avenue about a group of kids playing on top of a parking garage. The caller said they had been told to play at the playground and were screaming and disturbing the caller. Police discovered it was a group of young kids playing kickball on the only patch of flat ground they had to play on near their apartment. The ball did end up on top of the garage at times unintentionally. According to the report, officers decided to join in on the game and “captains were selected and one ultimate game of kickball pursued. It came down to the wire but the PD team was the winner.” All participants walked away with an “amazing” K9 card and met with K9 Officer Stanley.


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