South-West Review police reports published July 1, 2018

South-West Review police reports published July 1, 2018 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul


Inver Grove Heights


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 the Dakota County Jail.


Stolen till

A business in the 5400 block of South Robert Trail was burglarized overnight into June 21. A mallet was left by the suspect at the scene and the money till was taken.


Warrant arrest

A suspicious vehicle was found near the intersection of 52nd Street and Brent Avenue June 23. A 33-year-old man inside the vehicle was arrested on an outstanding warrant and for giving false information to police.


Can’t have that

A 19-year-old boy was cited for possession of marijuana and driving without a license in the 7500 block of Concord Boulevard on June 24.

A vehicle was pulled over at Robert Trail and Interstate 494 June 25. A 28-year-old man was arrested for possession of stolen property and for carrying a firearm without a permit.


Is that a wolf?

Officers responded to multiple calls June 26 about a wolf or coyote in the area of Skyline Village. Officers located the animal and discovered it was a gentle husky. The dog was transported to South St. Paul Animal Hospital.


Hit and run

Officers responded to the 6000 block of River Road June 21 on a report of a hit-and-run. After investigation, a 59-year-old man was cited for property damage.



On June 22, a vehicle was pulled over at Concord Boulevard and Chestnut Avenue. A 28-year-old man was arrested for gross misdemeanor tax evasion.


Mendota Heights

Stolen mail

A resident in the 2000 block of Kressin Avenue reported that a check had been stolen from a mailbox June 15. The resident notified their bank and learned their checking information already had been used. The bank declined the charges and is working with the customer.


Back to driving school

An officer pulled a vehicle over in the area of Marie Avenue and Ridgewood Drive June 15 because the driver had rolled through a stop sign, drove on the shoulder and was speeding. While speaking with the driver, the officer could smell alcohol coming from the driver’s breath and conducted a field sobriety test — which the driver failed.


Past bedtime

In the early morning hours of June 16, an officer found a vehicle parked in a closed park. The vehicle was empty except for a crushed beer can. The officer contacted the vehicle’s owner who said her son had the car. The son came home and spoke with his mom. He was ultimately issued a citation for curfew violation. 


Warrant arrest

Officers were dispatched to a residential construction site in the 1000 block of Evergreen Knoll June 16 on a report of a suspicious vehicle. When officers arrived and contacted the vehicle’s occupants, they discovered the passenger had an outstanding warrant and the driver was driving without a valid license. A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle and an officer found tools used in a burglary. There was also a license plate and power saw that were confirmed as stolen. Both occupants were arrested. 


South St. Paul

Warrant and theft arrests

On Jun 19, an officer was in the area of 15th Avenue South and Third Street South looking for a theft suspect when he saw a vehicle parked and running in the driveway of a residence that he was familiar with due to multiple calls about people using drugs at it. 

The officer talked with the man waiting in the driveway, who said he was waiting to pick up a woman from the house. Eventually the woman and another man came out, but the woman immediately turned back into the garage. The officer followed her inside and found an orange juice container that was still cold — an item stolen from a neighboring grocery store by a man matching the description of one at the house. This man was placed under arrest. The woman, who at one point threw away a meth pipe into a dumpster, was eventually placed under arrest for an active misdemeanor warrant for theft. Both parties were transported to Dakota County Jail.


Accidental discharge

Officers were dispatched to the 150 block of West Warburton Street June 19 on the report of a gunshot victim. A man had accidently shot himself in the leg while cleaning a gun. He was transported to Regions Hospital. 


Missing sign

A report of the theft of a yard sign was made June 19 from the 900 block of Chippewa Avenue. 


West St. Paul

No gas for you

An employee of a gas station in the 1800 block of Robert Street called police June 20 after a vehicle sat at a pump for 30 minutes. The station didn’t authorize gas for him that day because he stole gas from them earlier in the week. 


Drug house?

A call came in from the 900 block of Charlton Street June 20 from someone who thought the house next door was a drug house. He told police he saw three people go into the garage. He also said he saw what he believed to be transaction between a woman and a man.


Not a bathroom

On June 20, a man called police from a business in the 1600 block of Robert Street after seeing a man urinate outside the bathroom in the store. The caller told police the man was slurring his speech and having trouble walking straight. The intoxicated man told police he drank at home and took a bus downtown. He was taken to detox.


Scam call

A woman came into the department lobby June 21 after receiving fake arrest calls. She didn’t answer but wanted to know what her options were. Police advised her to block the number and call 911 if anyone showed up at her house.


Stolen phones

A man walked into a store in the 1900 block of Robert Street June 21 and grabbed three display iPhones. He told employees he would shoot them if they got near him. An employee at a nearby business said a man matching the alleged thief’s description came running through the parking lot and got into the passenger side of a black, four-door vehicle and left. Video from a witness’ phone was emailed to police. 


Don’t leave the keys

Someone stole a work van from the 1900 block of Oakdale Avenue June 22 that had about $5,000 worth of painting equipment inside it. The keys for the van had been left inside it. 



A man reported to police June 22 that he was being blackmailed by someone he met on Instagram. He said he was told to pay $2,000 or else suggestive photos of him would be released. Police told the man this was not a police matter because he voluntarily provided money and photos to the woman prior to this incident. The man said he didn’t know who the woman really was, as he later realized that her photo on Instagram was of an adult film star. 


Stop…don’t drop

On June 23, a call came in from an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Oakdale Avenue about a couple of kids dropping things off a balcony. The caller had confronted the kids but they didn’t stop. An officer spoke to the kids and had them pick up the mess and apologize to the tenant they bothered.

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