South-West Review police reports published August 12, 2018

South-West Review police reports published August 12, 2018 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul


Inver Grove Heights

Warrant arrest

Officers responded July 31 to a report of a suspicious person near the intersection of 86th Street West and Atlantic Avenue. A 20-year-old man was arrested for an outstanding warrant as a result.


What we got here?

A woman reported finding what she thought to be a bag of drugs on the floor of a gas station in the 3200 block of 57th Street Aug. 1. Officers brought the baggie of suspected methamphetamine to the department to be destroyed.


Send money

A man reported Aug. 1 that he had received threatening messages from an unknown person who told him to send $2,000 to someone in the Dominican Republic or else the caller would kill the man and his family.


No entering

An officer responded to an apartment in the 3800 block of 67th Street East Aug. 4 on the report of an attempted burglary. It was determined there was damage to the property but no entry into the apartment.



On Aug. 5, officers were dispatched to the 4000 block of 59th Street for an assault. Both parties involved had injures, but officers were unable to determine the primary aggressor.


Lot of stolen goods

A man driving a vehicle with stolen plates stole gas from a station in the 5700 block of Bishop Avenue Aug. 6. The man was found and cited for theft and possession of stolen property.


Past bed time

Four juvenile boys were cited for curfew violations Aug. 7 after a call came in about suspicious people in the 1800 block of 59th Court.  



Police took a report of financial fraud Aug. 7 that resulted in a loss of $1,291.96.


Work it out

An officer was called to help with a civil dispute Aug. 1, which had become disorderly outside a business in the 5800 block of Blackshire Path. Both parties ultimately worked out their disagreements. 


Mendota Heights


On July 27, an officer pulled a vehicle over for speeding in the area of Delaware and Staples avenues. While speaking with the driver, the officer could smell alcohol on the driver’s breath. Field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer were conducted — the driver was arrested for DWI.


Something smells

A vehicle was pulled over for a broken taillight in the 900 block of Sibley Memorial Highway July 28. As an officer spoke with two juvenile occupants, the smell of marijuana was coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was searched and a small amount of marijuana was found. The driver was also driving without a valid license. Two citations were given to the driver — one for not having a valid Minnesota driver’s license and for having a small amount of marijuana. The passenger was also cited for possession of a small amount of marijuana. Both were released to their parents.


Shouldn’t be driving

An officer pulled a vehicle over for multiple violations July 29 in the area of Highway 13 and Victoria Road. The driver admitted to not having a driver’s license or insurance on the vehicle. 


Found it

Someone called police July 28 after finding what they believed to be drugs near the 700 block of Mendota Heights Road. The caller said they found it while walking through the woods and there were other items scattered near the area.



Officers responded to several theft-from-vehicle reports July 29 in the 2000 block of Lexington Avenue. Items were stolen from several vehicles and surveillance cameras were tampered with. 


South St. Paul

Did I lock the car?

A man reported that someone had stolen two milk crates, and a box containing his wallet, cell phone, car and house keys, and miscellaneous paperwork from his car parked in the 100 block of 21st Avenue July 30. He said he thought he locked the vehicle but didn’t see any damage and found the tailgate up, so he thinks he may have left it unlocked overnight.


Slash the tires

A call came in July 31 from the 1500 block of Willis Avenue after a woman saw another woman get out of a vehicle and slash the tires on a parked vehicle.  


Stolen battery

On July 31, an officer was dispatched to Fury Motors on a report that the battery had been stolen from someone’s car. An employee told the officer he parked his vehicle in the designated employee lot before work. When he went back to his car at the end of the day, his battery was missing. The man told police he left his car unlocked and he had nothing valuable in it and did not imagine someone would steal his battery. 


What’s this?

An officer was dispatched to the 200 block of Seventh Avenue South Aug. 3 on the report of found property. The homeowner told the officer he found a National Guard backpack hanging over his fence the day before but left it in case the owner came back. Upon inspection of the backpack, the officer found a pipe with black and white residue inside of a sock.


Smashed windows

The property manager for an apartment building in the 1500 block of Willis Avenue called police Aug. 5 to report that the large window over the front door had been shattered. A smaller, ground level window on the back of the building was also shattered.


West St. Paul

Clean thief 

A woman stole a vacuum cleaner from a business in the 1700 block of Robert Street Aug. 1. She was released at the scene but banned from the business.


Not my hoodie

A call came in Aug. 2 from the 1300 block of Kruse Street from a man who returned home to find that someone had broken into his apartment. He told police drawers were open and stuff was all over his bed. It appeared the door had been pried open. The man found a hoodie in the apartment that didn’t belong to him.


Neighborhood watch

A neighbor called police Aug. 2 from the 200 block of Wentworth Avenue after seeing a stranger parked in their neighbor’s driveway. The homeowners are elderly and the caller was worried about their safety. It was later found that the mystery vehicle had a flat tire and had  pulled off Wentworth to repair it. The driver was given a ride to Walmart for a tire patch.


Don’t forget the keys

A woman called police Aug. 5 from the 1200 block of Robert Street to report her vehicle, which had the keys in it, was stolen earlier that day.


Unruly kids

On Aug. 5, an employee of a business in the 1700 block of Robert Street called police to report that around 10 high school age kids were being unruly. The caller said the kids allegedly were threatening to run employees over with motorized carts and threatened to slap an employee. Police found the kids and they were located told to leave the store.

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