South-West Review police reports published June 24, 2018

South-West Review police reports published June 24, 2018 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul


Inver Grove Heights

Bike found

Officers went to Sleepy Hollow Park June 13 for a report of an abandoned bicycle. The bike was taken as found property for safe keeping.


Not your card

On June 13, officers responded to the 9000 block of Broderick Boulevard for an active panic alarm. It was discovered two men, ages 20 and 23, had committed bank card fraud in the 6300 block of Concord Boulevard. The men were arrested and transported to Dakota County Jail. Earlier that same day officers were called to the 6300 block of Concord Boulevard for a report of a man allegedly attempting to use a fake credit card. 


Where’d the water go?

A landlord allegedly turned off the water to a house in the 2900 block of 105th Street between June 4 and June 15 to  try to evict the tenants.


Pump and go

A young man stole $28.14 worth of gas from a station in the 7500 block of Concord Boulevard June 16.



On June 20, a vehicle was pulled over near the intersection of Mendota Road and Babcock Trail. A 36-year-old man was found driving while impaired and ultimately arrested for DWI refusal. He was transported to Dakota County Jail.


Spare change

Someone got into unlocked cars in the 8500 block of Asiatic Avenue June 17 and stole loose money.


Possible drugs

A 19-year-old man was arrested in the 8200 block of College Trail June 15 for possession of suspected cocaine. He was brought to Dakota County Jail.


Warrant arrest

On June 16, police arrested a 38-year-old man in the 7000 block of Concord Boulevard for an outstanding warrant.


Mendota Heights

Stolen gas

An employee from a gas station in the 2000 block of Dodd Road called police June 8 to report stolen gas. An employee of the station was following the suspect vehicle. Officers caught up to and stopped the suspected vehicle. The driver did not admit to the theft, however it was apparent they stole gas after talking with the employee. The driver was issued a citation for the theft and a drivers license violation. 


Lot of money

A resident came into the police department lobby June 8 to report being swindled out of $9,000 in cash. 



A driver was pulled over near the intersection of Highway 13 and Lilydale Road June 9. While an officer spoke with the driver, it seemed like the driver was drunk. Sobriety tests were conducted, and the driver was arrested for DWI. 


That’s my card

A report of theft from a motor vehicle came in June 11 from the 700 block of Highway 100. The victim’s stolen debit card was later used at a nearby business.


Road rage

While on routine patrol, officers came upon two vehicles that appeared to be involved in a road rage incident on Dodd Road June 12. Both drivers were cited for careless driving and driving too close to another vehicle.


Giving them up

A resident of Lilydale brought two, unwanted handguns to the police department June 13. The resident no longer wanted them and said he found them in his sock drawer while cleaning it out. The officer at the department checked both guns, and they were clear. The items were placed in the property room to be destroyed.


South St. Paul

Driving problems

On June 11, an officer was patrolling in the area of Concord Street and Butler Avenue. He saw a car zip by, checked the plates and it turned out the registered owner did not have a driver’s license. As the officer followed the vehicle, he saw it swerve within the lane and cross the centerline and the driver was pulled over. While talking to the driver, the officer could smell alcohol. The driver did not have a driver’s license. He was arrested for suspicions of driving under the influence after failing field sobriety tests. He was also issued a citation for careless driving, speeding and no Minnesota driver’s license. 


Backyard thief

A man called police June 11 after discovering scaffolding from his backyard was stolen sometime overnight in the 300 block of Third Avenue South. The homeowner told police someone took six end sections of scaffolding and six scaffolding planks, with an estimated total of around $1,300. He also thought the thieves tried to enter his garage but were unsuccessful. 


Pump and go

On June 13, an officer responded to a gas station in the 1100 block of Concord Street North after an employee called to say someone had driven away without paying for $32.03 worth of gas. 


Cat fight

An officer spoke with a woman in Inver Grove Heights regarding an assault that had occurred earlier June 13 in the 1000 block of Ninth Avenue South in South St. Paul. The woman told police she was visiting a man at that location when she was assaulted by the man’s other ex-girlfriend. Officers spoke with the man’s mother to confirm the story. She said the two women pushed and shoved each other but no punches were thrown.


West St. Paul

Don’t give that out

Police got a call June 13 from a resident’s grandson after she gave out her social security number. An officer went out to met the resident, who said she had received a call from someone asking if she got her new social security card in the mail. The woman then confirmed her social security number with the caller, who did not ask for more information. 


Pay me

A former employee of a business in the 1400 block of Robert Street was on site causing problems June 13. The former employee was asked to leave and was refusing to do so — she wanted her paycheck. The caller, who was the manager on duty, did not have the paycheck. She had called payroll three times with no answer. The former employee was told to file with the state or commerce department. 


Hop the fence

A call came in June 13 from the 200 block of Muriel Boulevard after a young man jumped a fence and got into a waiting vehicle. Police spoke with the individuals who said they were doing a scavenger hunt and one of the items was to go swimming in a pool. 


Not a place for sleeping

On June 16, police got a call from the 1100 block of Robert Street about an alleged group of homeless people. The complainant said a door on a nearby building doesn’t lock and homeless people have been sleeping in a laundry room.  She said she thinks they tried her door several times. The group left before police arrived.



A man came into the police department lobby June 16 because he believed he was either shot in the head by a BB or someone threw a rock at him. He said he was in the parking lot of a business in the 400 block of Mendota Road looking for a friend’s car when a woman either threw a rock and hit him in the head or shot him with a BB gun while he was driving. 


Backyard visitor

On June 17, police got a call from a woman in the 1000 block of Allen Avenue about a possible snapping turtle in her backyard. The turtle, which ended up being a painted one, was released unharmed at the edge of Marthaler Lake.


Drop the bass

A complaint came in June 18 from a woman in the 900 block of Livingston Avenue about loud music coming from the house next door. She told police it had been an ongoing issue. While the music wasn’t playing when police showed up, an officer did let the neighbor know about the complaint.


Craigslist scam

A man called police June 19 after someone reached out about an ad he had on Craigslist. He said he had been speaking with a woman who wanted to buy his property and send him a check for more than the agreed upon amount. She wanted him to deposit the check, wait until it cleared and then provide her the property and extra money. Police told the man this was a scam and to cease communicating with the woman. 

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