South-West Review police reports published December 10, 2018

Inver Grove Heights

Disorderly conduct

On Nov. 21, a 24-year-old man caused a disturbance in the 3000 block of 65th Street. The suspect left before the officers arrived.

 

Not cool

Sometime between Nov. 1 and Nov. 27, an 83-year-old woman was the victim of identity theft.

 

Not your car

On Nov. 28, a 51-year-old man took a vehicle from the 5400 block of Blackberry Trail without the permission of the owner. 

 

Please stop

A 56-year-old man ignored a stopped and flashing school bus Nov. 27 near the intersection of Carmen Avenue and 75th Street.

 

Theft

Sometime between Nov. 26 and Nov. 28 in the 8800 block of Branson Drive, a Gucci purse and matching wallet were stolen out of a closet in a house. 

 

Hit-and-run

Officers responded to a hit-and-run Dec. 3 in the 8600 block of Corcoran Path. A man was charged with driving after having his license revoked and failure to provide information at the scene.

 

Slew of charges

On Dec. 4, police responded to the 9800 block of Inver Grove Trial for a report of a suspicious person. A 34-year-old man was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, giving false information to law enforcement, and a warrant.

 

Warrant arrest

An 18-year-old man was arrested for an outstanding Hennepin County warrant Dec. 4 after police responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 9000 block of Cahill Avenue.

 

Mendota Heights

 

All’s fair in fraud

On Nov. 23, a man reported to police he had been giving money to a woman on the dating website match.com for the past two months, and now suspected it was a scam after the woman requested $7,000 be sent to her.

 

Warrant arrest

A vehicle was pulled over near the intersection of Sibley Memorial Highway and Sylvandale Road Nov. 24. The driver was found to have a warrant for her arrest, and she was taken into custody. 

 

Shouldn’t have that

An officer saw a vehicle leaving a park that was closed Nov. 25 in the 1000 block of Wagon Wheel Trail. The officer conducted a traffic stop and could smell burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The officer found drug paraphernalia and cited the passenger of the vehicle for the violation.

 

Shiny

On Nov. 25, an officer responded to a construction site in the 2000 block of Executive Drive on the report of metal theft. The reporting party stated that 15 to 20 pieces of stainless steel were missing. A suspect was found and the material was returned to the owner.

 

Pair of burglaries

Officers responded to a burglary report in the 1000 block of Walsh Lane Nov. 28. The homeowner’s daughter arrived to check on the home and found evidence of a forced entry. While canvassing the neighborhood, officers found a neighboring residence that had been broken into as well. 

 

Dude, you found my car

While on routine patrol in the area of Mendota Heights Road and Lake Drive Nov. 29, an officer found a parked vehicle with a missing, rear passenger tire. The officer ran the plates and the vehicle came back as stolen.

 

South St. Paul

Drugs

On Nov. 29, officers did a plate check on a vehicle traveling on Fifth Avenue South and discovered the vehicle registration was expired. When the officer pulled the driver over, the officer could smell marijuana from the vehicle and noticed the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and watery — the driver admitted to smoking marijuana inside the vehicle the day before. A search of the vehicle revealed a glass pipe with white residue and a joint. A red container was found on the driver that held crack. The driver told police he had previously smoked crack out of the pipe found in the vehicle.

 

All the soup for you

An officer was dispatched to Knowlans Fresh Foods Nov. 28 for a theft in progress. The suspect had stolen some soup cans. The reporting party told police the woman was in the can isle with her daughter and she was overheard asking her daughter if she wanted soup. The suspect then walked past the two cashiers and one of them saw cans of soup in her bag. The employee who called it in was able to get a photo of the suspect and the vehicle she left in.

 

Stolen candy

On Nov. 29, an officer spoke with an employee of a gas station in the 400 block of Concord Street, who reported a woman had a soda, two RollerBites snacks and a package of M&Ms. The woman didn’t pay for the M&M’s and RollerBites. When the employee confronted her, she said she already paid for them. The woman left the business. The officer found the woman at her apartment who admitted to not paying for the RollerBites but denied taking the M&Ms.

 

Backed up

A man came to the department Dec. 3 to report a fence on the north side of an apartment complex he owns in on Park Street was damaged. He said the tracks in the snow implied a large vehicle backed into the metal fence then left. Another tenant reported that they had seen a pickup truck leaving the nearby alley after hearing a crash. 

 

West St. Paul

Holiday change

A man called police Nov. 29 after seeing a house in the 1000 block of Humboldt Avenue that had the words “help me” painted on the window. Police spoke with the resident, and it turned out it was Halloween decorations that say “Help Me” and bloody hand prints on the front window. The resident said he was going to take down the decorations.

 

A new scam

On Nov. 29, a woman called police after a man came into her home in the 900 block of Felix Street claiming to be from Xfinity and that he had worked there the day before. The man told her son he was there to pick up equipment or if they gave him money, he could give them a good deal. The woman called the company and verified he did not work for them. The woman was not out any money and nothing was taken.

 

Theft

A man reported Nov. 30 that someone had stolen a variety of tools and his laptop from his truck parked on Ruby Drive.

 

Prank call

On Nov. 30, a woman reported that she kept getting phone calls from someone saying he was with Comcast and had some of her personal information. The caller made inappropriate comments and kept calling. 

 

 

 

Got ya

Two women were looking into mailboxes along Salem Church Road near Robert Trail. They had grabbed a piece of mail but put it back when they saw the caller. 

 

Just taking a break

On Nov. 30, a call came in the from the area of Haskell and Robert streets about a person half sitting in the street. An officer spoke with the man who said he was out for a walk and decided to take a break. The man appeared to be able to care for himself, and the report said that while his behavior was odd, he didn’t seem to be a danger. The man was advised to relax at a pubic place like Perkins and not in a private resident’s yard.

 

 Not the tacos!

A car in the area of Wentworth Avenue and Robert Street Nov. 30 was pulled over after swerving between lanes. The driver told the officer he was attempting to prevent his tacos from falling on the floor. The officer verified the tacos were on the passenger seat.

 

It’s started 

With the recent snowfalls, there were multiple tickets for failure to move vehicles on snow emergency routes.

 

Wait, what?

On Dec. 2, a call came from an apartment complex on Robert Street about a woman who was yelling sexually-explicit things in the apartment below. The caller said the lower level tenants were having very loud sex and that it had been an ongoing issue.

 

You don’t have mail

A woman called police Dec. 3 because she hadn’t received any mail for a couple days. She called the postmaster in Eagan who said someone had filled out a slip to have the mail stopped at her address on Kraft Road and that it was being returned to the center. The mail was not being forwarded to a new address and there was no name on the slip. The woman had no idea who filled out the slip as no one else lived at her address and there hasn’t been anyone other than her there for a number of years.

 

Calm down

On Dec. 3, a man was reported as being aggressive and belligerent in the 1100 block of Robert Street. The person who called it in said the man pushed an employee at a business and spat and swore while in the store. 

 

You’re fired

An ex-employee who was terminated Dec. 4 was causing a disturbance in the 1600 block of Robert Street. The former employee was yelling and swearing in front of customers and refusing to leave. Staff told police they were going to serve her a trespass notice when the woman returned to pick up her last paycheck.

 

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