South-West Review police reports published April 8, 2018

South-West Review police reports published April 8, 2018 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul


Inver Grove Heights

 Fleeing on foot

On March 28, officers responded to the 6100 block of Dawn Avenue for suspicious activity. Three juvenile runaways were cited for fleeing on foot and transported to Harbor Shelter.


Warrant arrest

Officers responded to the 5800 block of Cahill Avenue March 28 for a warrant check. After investigation, a 41-year-old man was arrested for an outstanding warrant.


Relationship problems

On March 29, a 61-year-old man was arguing with his 28-year-old son over relationship issues in the 2000 block of 68th Street. The son left on his bike.


Shouldn’t be driving

A driver was pulled over in the area of 80th Street and Babcock Trail March 31. A man was cited for speeding and driving with a canceled license.


 Driving away

An attempt to stop a vehicle for driving violations was made April 1 near the intersection of Concord Boulevard and Dale Street. The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed on Highway 494. The vehicle eventually stopped near Interstate 694 and 15th Avenue. The 39-year-old man driving was taken into custody and jailed at Dakota County Jail.


Identity theft

A man told police April 2 his credit card number was compromised and used on eBay to purchase optics for a firearm. The optics were delivered to an address in Minneapolis.



On April 2, a woman reported that someone who was supposed to be watching her apartment while she was in treatment took her television, PlayStation 4 and laptop. The suspect had not been returning her calls for three weeks.



Two men, a 24-year-old and a 23-year-old, were fighting in the 3800 block of 78th Street April 3. The 24-year-old was treated for a bloody nose by medics, and the other party was escorted off the property.


Mendota Heights


A woman called police March 23 from the 2000 block of Apache Street after a credit card had been stolen from her mail and used.

Officers took a report March 16 of check card fraud. The officers met with the victim who reported her check card was fraudulently used at an ATM.


 There’s my plate

A vehicle owner was notified by Savage police that the license plate from his car was used in a gas theft case March 25. The victim had parked his vehicle at work and left it on March 20. A co-worker was asked to check on it and found the front license plate missing.



An officer observed a vehicle drive over the fog line several times in the area of Wagon Wheel Trail and Lexington Avenue South March 25. The driver showed signs of impairment and failed the field sobriety tests. The driver was booked and released at Dakota County Jail for fourth-degree DWI.


 Stolen and recovered

A report of a theft in progress came in March 27 from the 900 block of Highway 13. Officers arrived and spoke with the victim, who reported his vehicle was stolen while they were inside a business. The vehicle was later recovered in St. Paul, and a suspect was arrested.



Officers responded to the 700 block of south Plaza Drive March 29 to a call of a man and woman who were not supposed to be there and would not leave the premises. After speaking with the individuals and administering a preliminary breath test, both were transported to detox.

 South St. Paul


Break and run

An officer was dispatched to the Quick Stop gas station on Thompson Avenue March 26 for a hit and run. A woman had struck a gas pump then left. The manager estimated damage at around $6,000. The driver, who was later identified, told police she accidently hit the pump while backing out and panicked. She was issued a citation for failing to report the accident.


Broken windshield

A man called police March 27 after finding someone smashed out his rear windshield while his car was parked in the lot of a building in the 200 block of Grand Avenue West. Nothing was missing from the vehicle and there was no other damage.


Warrant arrest

An officer traveling northbound on Concord Street near Poplar Street on March 28 ran the plates of a car traveling southbound and found the vehicle registration was expired. A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver was found to have a revoked license and an active warrant out of Dakota County. She was placed in custody and transported to Dakota county Jail and issued a citation for driving after revocation.


Hit and run

On March 30, an officer met with a man who told him that sometime overnight someone hit his vehicle that was parked on the street on Richmond Street near Seventh Avenue. It appeared someone drove their vehicle into the back, driver side, causing damage. The suspect vehicle should have noticeable damage to the passenger side front end.


 West St. Paul

 Just a bite … wait

A call came in from a business in the 1600 block of Robert Street South March 29 about a group of people arguing. A man was yelling at people that he wanted to “bite them,” before walking into Taco Bell. Turns out he was actually saying he wanted to fight them. Police spoke with the driver who said he pulled into the parking lot with a friend who was in another vehicle. A guy in a van started honking and yelling saying they were in his way. He yelled back at the other man, who swore at him and left. The caller was walking by and only saw the end of the altercation.


 You can’t be here

A man panhandling aggressively in front of a business in the 1700 block of Robert Street March 30 wasn’t supposed to be there and was violating a trespass order. The man was knocking on windows, asking people for money. He moved out of the Target lot and moved on to Mattress Firm. He was once again cited for trespassing.


 Funny money

A caller was given a fake $100 bill in an exchange March 31. The exchange was for some shoes.



People were urinating in the east parking lot of a building in the 200 block of Westview Drive March 31. An officer spoke with a few of them and advised them of the reason for his visit. It did not appear there had been anyone urinating outside around the cars. The officer requested everyone use the bathroom and not do it outside.


 Handle this

A call came in April 2 from Garlough Elementary School where parents could be heard yelling at the principal in the background. An officer stood by while staff and parents discussed a bullying incident and the lack of communication. Staff and parents established a plan. The parents of both children were upset about how things were being handled.


 Stolen DVD player

A man stole a $100 portable DVD player from a store in the 1600 block of Robert Street South April 2. 

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