South-West Review police reports published March 25, 2018

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


Inver Grove Heights

Identity theft

On March 14, a 59-year-old man used the identity of a 41-year-old woman to open numerous credit accounts. The suspect has since past away, so there will not be any criminal charges.



A vehicle pulled over during a traffic stop March 15 in the area of 147th Street and Glenda Drive was found to have marijuana in it. 

On March 17, near the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 55, a vehicle was pulled over where a 22-year-old man was charged for drug possession and a 20-year-old woman was charged for drug paraphernalia. 


Warrant arrest

On March 16, officers pulled a vehicle over at 80th Street and Concord Boulevard and 21-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding warrant.



A report of a suspicious individual was made in the 2900 block of 80th Street East March 19. The subject was located on school property and identified as a 30-year-old man. At the request of school officials, the man was verbally banned and later mailed a formal trespass notice prohibiting him from being on all ISD 199 property.


Stealing from Walmart

An employee called March 20 to report shoplifting from Walmart. The suspect left the store before police arrived and the employee said they knew the suspect from past encounters.


Mendota Heights

Road rage

Officers were dispatched to a vehicle accident involving two drivers that were fighting March 9 in the area of Emerson and Delaware avenues. West St. Paul squads arrived on scene first to collect information. Both vehicles had moderate damage and there were no injuries.


Bad driving

While on routine patrol in the area of Highway 13 and Interstate 35E March 10, an officer noticed a vehicle fail to yield at a four-way intersection. The driver was pulled over and showed signs of impairment, failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for DWI. A second breathalyzer test showed his blood alcohol level was below the legal limit. The driver was cited for careless driving and failure to yield.



A resident came into the department lobby March 12 to report fraud. Someone forged a check for $2,300 made out to themselves. 



On March 12, officers responded to a residence in the 500 block of High Ridge on a report of a theft. The homeowner said he had several packages delivered to his house that were stolen. His doorbell surveillance camera was triggered when a Coburn’s Delivers driver rang it, listened by the door then leaned over near the packages. The home was not expecting a Coburn’s delivery.


Pump and steal

A call came in from a gas station in the 1000 block of Mendota Heights Road March 12. An employee said a man pumped $56.68 worth of gas then came into the gas station, took motor oil, Sea Foam, Red Bull and cigars. The man then told the employee to go ahead and call the police because he was going to jail anyway and it was his right to steal the items. The man then left. 



Someone called police March 14 to report a series of harassing messages sent via Facebook that were sent to her and her family, saying “karma was coming,” from the mother of her step-daughter. This was not the first contact officers have had with the parties.


South St. Paul

Stolen tools

On March 13, a call came in from the 2200 block of Wentworth Avenue from a man reporting a theft. He said his work van, which was parked in his driveway, was broken into and work tools were stolen from it. The man and his wife believed someone had broken into their garage the night before. The man reported later that he noticed the rear door lock of the van had been damaged and he found a screw driver in the rear of the van. The total value of the stolen items was estimated to be about $2,800.


That’s my car

A man whose vehicle was stolen from his residence in St. Paul found the car March 14 in South St. Paul in the area of Fourth Avenue South. The man believes the woman, who was listed on the title as from South St. Paul, may have taken the vehicle. 


A little extra work

An off-duty Dakota County Sheriff’s Office deputy called in to report a reckless driver March 15. A South St. Paul officer was called to the area of South Street and Seventh Avenue South after the off-duty deputy said the vehicle was all over the road. He followed the vehicle until it stopped in the area of Eighth Avenue South and Spruce Street. The man driving the vehicle went into a home in the 1200 block of Eighth Street South as the officer showed up, and the homeowner told the officer the man left out the back door. As the officer went to the back of the residence, he saw the man running northbound in the alley. Another officer was able to catch up to the man in his squad. The man told police he was a former gang member and was afraid the other vehicle — driven by the deputy—was following him. He was scared for his safety and ran into the residence.


Public nuisance

On March 15, a complaint came in regarding a man who approached an elderly woman on her property in the area of Fifth Avenue South asking her for money. The woman’s son, who is the one that called police, yelled at the man who then ran away. He stated this is an ongoing issue and the man keeps harassing his mother for money. Police made contact with the man who admitted he approached the woman and asked her for money. He admitted police had advised him repeatedly that he could not ask people for money. The man was issued a citation for public nuisance and disorderly conduct. 


A clean crime

A business owner contacted police March 16 to report damage and theft from the commercial laundry machines at his apartment complex in the 2200 block of Southview Boulevard. He said the week before, he was on-site doing work and did not notice any issues with the 16, coin-operated laundry machines located in the four laundry rooms on each of the floors. When he returned this week, he saw someone had attempted to gain entry into each machine in each room, damaging the lids on two machines and damaging the locking mechanisms by drilling out the tumbler on two additional machines. The owner estimated that there was a loss of $200 to $300 in quarters from the compromised machines in addition to the cost of repairing the machines. He believes the person or persons responsible live in the residence because of keyed access.


Empty box

On March 17, a woman said a package was delivered to her house in the 200 block of 10th Avenue North by the postal service. When she went to retrieve the package, it had already been opened and emptied. The package contained hair products that are set up for recurring shipments every three months. The woman estimated the product loss at around $90.  


West St. Paul

Stolen trailer

A 15-foot enclosed trailer and two motorcycles were reported stolen from a public storage center in the 400 block of Marie Avenue March 15. 


Too short

A woman called police March 16 after two teen boys were asking for money to be able to play basketball. The caller didn’t believe the money was actually for basketball because she said they were short and just appeared to be begging.


There was a hair

An employee at a restaurant in the 1500 block of Robert Street South called police after a man — who was possibly drunk — started causing problems. The man was belligerently yelling, cussing and acting like he was going to throw water at a manager. The man, who had been causing a disturbance the entire 20 minutes he was there, reported he had a hair in his food and wanted a discount. The man was drunk and upset that none of the employees were wearing hairnets. He became upset because the police would not demand the company provide him with money. Police advised the man to call the corporate office with his complaint. He was provided with a card with the case number since he demanded a report be written.


Family love

Four men were outside screaming in the 1300 block of Ohio Street March 18. All appeared to have been drinking and may have been fighting earlier in the nights. When police arrived, they all said they were family and everyone was going to bed for the night.


Game night

A call came in March 20 from the 1900 block of Oakdale Avenue from someone saying that a couple in a nearby apartment had been yelling at each other since the previous night. Contact was made with the tenant who said she and her daughters were playing a game and there were no issues. The officer saw two, young adult women leaving when he arrived and neither appeared distraught.

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