South-West Review police reports published February 25, 2018

South-West Review police reports published February 25, 2018 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul


Inver Grove Heights


A front license tab sticker was stolen off the front plate of a vehicle Feb. 12 in the 7800 block of Cahill Avenue.


Warrant arrest

A vehicle was stopped at the intersection of Highway 52 and Upper 55th Street Feb. 14. A man from the vehicle was arrested for a warrant and taken to Dakota County Jail.



Officers responded to a driving complaint stemming from the King of Diamonds Feb. 15. Officers found the vehicle and one man was arrested for suspicion of DWI. 


That’s not yours

A stolen car was seen traveling northbound on Concord Boulevard Feb. 16. The 29-year-old woman driving the vehicle was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle.


Stolen package

A call came in Feb. 16 about the possible theft of a package from the 1900 block of 63rd Street East.


Mail theft

There were multiple reports of mail theft this week in various areas around the city.


Stolen wallet

On Feb. 19, unknown suspects entered a 2017 Ford that was in the 2500 block of 62nd Street East. A wallet and other property worth thousands of dollars was stolen.


Need to stop

An officer received a written complain Feb. 16 regarding a vehicle failing to stop for a stopped school bus. After investigation, the information given did not match and a similar vehicle was not located. 



A vehicle containing two people was stopped in the 5300 block of Brent Avenue Feb. 17. A 35-year-old man was found in possession of narcotics and was released at the scene. 



Officers responded Feb. 19 to a possible domestic disturbance. Upon arrival and investigation, police determined no crime was committed and the involved parties agreed to separate for the short-term and work things out at a later time. 


Mendota Heights

Time to party…not

Officers responded to the 600 block of Evergreen Knolls Feb. 10 on a call of a large party of teens who were drinking alcohol. The juveniles who had consumed alcohol were issued citations.


Stolen laptop

A laptop was reported stolen Feb. 11 from a vehicle in the 1300 block of Sibley Memorial Highway after the window had been broken to gain entry. Two additional thefts were reported that evening and it is believed the thefts are related.


Taser use

Officers were dispatched to the 1300 block of Sibley Memorial Highway on Feb. 11 on a report of a suspicious man. When officers stopped a man matching the description, he continuously disobeyed verbal commands, and after a brief altercation, a Taser was used. The man was placed under arrest for obstructing the legal process and for disorderly conduct. 



During a routine traffic stop at the intersection of Dodd Road and Marie Avenue on Feb. 14, the smell of suspected marijuana and the sight of paraphernalia in plain view led to a vehicle search that uncovered additional paraphernalia. It was seized and a citation was issued. 



In the parking lot of a gas station in the 900 block of Sibley Memorial Highway Feb. 14, officers were flagged down by staff to report a theft that had occurred moments before. The suspect was still on the scene and was issued a citation. The suspect was banned from the business.


Tobacco possession

Officers responded to the 1800 block of Delaware Avenue Feb. 12 on a report of a juvenile in possession of an electronic cigarette. The juvenile had been warned in the past for a similar offense. A citation was issued for the violation.


Found property

On Feb. 15, officers were called to a residence in the 2400 block of Haverton Road for mail found in the snow bank the day before. The mail belonged to an address in Inver Grove Heights. 


South St. Paul

That’s my car

On Feb. 13, an officer was dispatched to Fury Motors Outlet on Concord Street due to a possible recovered stolen vehicle. The business owner said that a few days prior, an acquaintance was driving past the business and noticed a pick-up truck with Kern Lawn Service marked on the tailgate. Upon further investigation, the acquaintance said the vehicle was the same one he reported stolen in 2007. The officer confirmed the stolen status with the St. Paul Police Department and was given the ok to release it to the owner. 



A call came in Feb. 13 from the area of Concord Street North and Stanely Avenue on to report an accident. A vehicle was struck multiple times by another driver. When police pulled the suspect over, they were unable to provide proof of insurance. While speaking with the driver, the officer could smell alcohol on the driver’s breath, emanating from the vehicle, and the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. The officer also saw a glass container labeled “Miller” on the front passenger seat that was partially filled. 

The driver performed field sobriety tests but refused a breathalyzer. Based on his observations, the officer placed the driver under arrest. 


Roommate problems

An officer spoke with a woman Feb. 17 about problems she was having with her roommate. She said her roommate stole WIC grocery vouchers from her car. She said she believed it to be her roommate because he and his girlfriend are the only other people with the code to the garage where she parks her car. The woman told police Feb. 18 the roommate returned her property and apologized. 


Hide and seek 

Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of 11th Avenue South Feb. 17 after an anonymous complainant reported a man with an active warrant was at the residence. When police arrived, one officer said he heard what sounded like someone having difficult breathing from the basement. Due to the unlocked and open door, and the noises heard indicating a possible medical emergency, the officers went straight to the basement upon entering the residence. In a basement bedroom, officers found a man, which police later confirmed to be the one with the warrant, lying on the floor beneath blankets between a bed and a wall. At first, he appeared unconscious. However, after removing the blankets the man moved and admitted to hiding from officers. He was placed under arrest. 


Found property

A man came into the police department Feb. 19 after finding three sets of keys on a fence on his property. He said he looked at his security footage from the past 21 days and did not see anyone place the keys on his property at the time. All sets of keys had a card with a number attached that might help find the owner.  


West St. Paul

Mr. Creepy

A man called police Feb. 14 from the 100 block of Emerson Avenue West about a suspicious van parked in front of his house. His wife said it was “a creepy man.” The couple wanted the area checked—officers determined the area was clear.


Happy Valentine’s Day?

On Feb. 14, a woman called police from the 1000 block of Winslow Avenue after she got into an argument with her significant other. The argument was about the extra relations she thought he was having. The woman had found a book that she believed was from another woman and found a written note inside of it. The man asked for the book back, but she would not return it. Then man then took the woman’s laptop and threatened to damage it if she didn’t return the book. The woman told officers she was not afraid and did not want him arrested. The man agreed to leave and was brought to a different residence. 


Projector for sale

A woman called police Feb. 14 from the 1000 block of Seminole Avenue after a man banged on her door and asked if she had a projector for sale. She told him no and to leave. 


Closing time

A group of six people attempted to gain entry into a bar in the 400 block of Mendota Road East on Feb. 17. They were refused entry as it was 1 a.m. The group was upset, tried to fight security at the door and threw a rock at the front of the bar. 


Stolen vehicle

Police received a call Feb. 17 from the 1000 block of Robert Street South about a possible stolen vehicle. The vehicle was running with the keys in it. The caller told police his gun was in the glove box. The car was parked behind a building, and the building owner does have video surveillance so the possible theft may have been captured on tape. 


Little to drink

Officers were outside of a business in the 1100 block of Robert Street south on Feb. 18 when a woman came out and told them a man inside told her he had lost his shoes earlier and was running from the police. The officers found the man in the photo area of the store with no shoes on, smelling heavily of alcohol and slurring his speech. The man was found to be clear of warrants before being cited for underage consumption. He was released to a sober friend.


 Grandson scam

A man called police Feb. 19 after he was scammed out of money from someone claiming his grandson was a hit-and-run suspect and needed bail money.


A grand display

On Feb. 20, a man called police from the 900 block of Bidwell Street after thinking he heard a full clip worth of gunshots. As an officer arrived in the area, he saw a large mortar style firework going off across the border in St. Paul. 

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