South-West Review police reports published June 10, 2018

South-West Review police reports published June 10, 2018 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul


Inver Grove Heights

Road rage

On May 24, at the intersection of Babcock Trail and Upper 55th Street, a man threw a bottle at a vehicle and made a dent after a road rage incident.



There was an unauthorized charge to a 69-year-old man’s PayPal account and he later received an iPhone through the mail.


Run away

Police chased a red Volkswagen Jetta near the intersection of Dawn Way and Concord Boulevard May 20. The vehicle was pursed into Washington County, where police ended the chase.



On May 31, officers were dispatched to the 6600 block of Concord Boulevard. A 47-year-old man was arrested for driving while intoxicated.


Can’t do that

A white Toyota drove through a school bus stop arm at the intersection of 77th Street and Dickman Tail June 1, 


Identity theft

A 64-year-old man believed his credit card information was skimmed and used to make fraudulent purchases.


Warrant arrest

On June 3, a vehicle was pulled over at the intersection of Highway 110 and Robert Trail. A 42-year-old woman was arrested for a warrant.


Drug possession

Officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Concord Boulevard and 63rd Street June 5. The driver, a 24-year-old man, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, while a 25-year-old male passenger was arrested for an active warrant.



Several reports came in about vandalism to vehicles and items stolen from vehicles June 5 in the 5300 block of Audobon Avenue.


Violence threats

On June 5, someone called about weapons and threats being made in the 5300 block of Audobon Avenue. A 28-year-old man was arrested for threats of violence and domestic assault along with a 27-year-old woman, who was arrested for domestic assault. Both were transported to Dakota County Jail.


Mendota Heights


An officer responded to the 2300 block of Waters Drive May 24 on a report of threats by an employee. The employee had come to get a check and made threats. When the officer arrived on scene, the suspect was no longer on scene and the manager had evacuated other employees.



Bathrooms at Kensington Park were found vandalized May 26.


Can’t drive here

On May 27, an officer responded to the bike trail on Highway 13 to search for a dirt bike rider who had possibly crashed his bike somewhere between the Pool and Yacht Club and the scenic overlook. Two riders and their dirt bikes were located. The Department of Natural Resources arrived and wrote citations for operating motorized vehicles on state trails. 



Officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of Mendota Heights Road May 28 on a report of harassment. It was determined the two parties involved were married and were having an argument over a vehicle. The complainant was an employee of the establishment at the location and did not want the other person harassing them at their workplace. The person doing the harassing was banned from the establishment.


Drug possession

A vehicle was pulled over at the intersection of Marie Avenue and Dodd Road May 29. The officer could smell marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and conducted a search. A small amount of marijuana along with drug paraphernalia used to distribute were found inside the vehicle.


Hole in the tank

 A call came in from the 700 block of South Plaza Drive May 29 about damage to property. A vehicle’s gas tank had a hole in it and it appeared to be done by a drill. The gas had emptied onto the parking lot. The fire department assessed and cleared the scene.


Email scam

A resident realized May 29 she fell for an email scam and provided financial information. While reporting the incident to her bank, fraudulent activity was in process, which the bank was able to stop. The incident was reported to police for reference to other credit protection services. 


South St. Paul

Apartment theft

Two women reported items stolen from their apartment in the 500 block of 12th Avenue May 28. One roommate, who had been gone since the week before, noticed her wallet missing when she returned home. The other roommate, who had also been out of town, noticed her television was missing. A 7-UP pop can was left behind that may belong to the thief. 


Bring it back

An officer was dispatched to the 1600 block of Motor Avenue May 28 after receiving a call from a woman whose car had not been returned by a friend. She said she had lent her car to a couple on May 27, and they told her they would return it after running a couple errands. When the car hadn’t been returned after a couple hours, the woman called the pair but her calls were blocked. The couple called her later saying they had left the vehicle at a repair shop in Baxter because it broke down. The Baxter police were unable to located a vehicle matching that description at the location. The car was later located in West St. Paul May 30 at the Big Splash Car Wash. The wife in the couple was arrested for an outstanding warrant. 


Is that a gun?

On May 30, an officer responded to the 1200 block of Sixth Avenue South about a possible found weapon. The officer spoke with a man who said he moved his trash can to the alley and found what appeared to be a rifle that had been placed behind it. The rifle had not been there the week prior. The officer noticed the muzzle on the rifle had been painted orange and determined it to be an airsoft replica rifle. The officer took the rifle as found property.



A traffic accident occurred June 2 in the area of 19th Avenue North and Thompson Avenue. One of the drivers displayed signs of impairment. He had been driving northbound on Thompson when he struck another vehicle from behind at the intersection. When speaking with the man, an officer noticed he was slurring his words and was unsteady on his feet. The man said he had two beers to drink. Based on a breath test and other information, the man was placed in custody for suspected driving under the influence of alcohol.


West St. Paul

Drugs in the bathroom

A manager at a business in the 800 block of Smith Avenue reported May 30 that there was a customer who came in every day to use the bathroom. On the day the manager called, she said the customer left a meth pipe behind. The manager wanted to know if she could ban the man if he came in again. 


Wanna theater system?

Three men in a gold van followed someone in the 200 block of Wentworth Avenue May 30 into a parking lot. They approached the person and asked if she wanted to buy a home theater system out of the van.


Joy ride

Someone took a vehicle for a test drive from a business in the 1800 block of Robert Street May 30 and never returned it. 



Two people were fighting in a parking lot in the 400 block of Mendota Road June 4. The men got into a disagreement and “tussled” around in the parking lot. Both men had already talked out their differences by the time police arrived. 


Breaking trees

A report came in June 1 of two kids breaking trees in the 1000 block of Charlton Street. The kids, who were on Arion Street walking towards the school, were breaking newly-planted trees from a city park project. The kids were released to their mother.


Possible gunshots

A woman called police June 2 from the area of Annapolis Street and Smith Avenue after hearing two gunshots. At first, she thought the noise was fireworks. She heard cars driving away on Smith towards the high bridge after the shots.


Working on my jams

A vehicle was damaged after it was backed into on the far east end of a parking lot in the 1200 block of Stassen Lane. Apparently, this particular location had a history of previous criminal activity. Part of the front license plate was missing off the vehicle, and it was believed it could have been done intentionally to hide a complete plate. 


You’re a winner

On June 4, police received a call from a woman who believed she might have almost been victim to a scam. She said she had received a call saying she won $750,000. She said she had entered many contests but wasn’t sure if this one was real. The officer told the woman he believed she was being scammed. She said she would ignore any future calls.


Must be drugs

A call came in from the 900 block of Charlton Street June 4 after the caller’s wife saw a guy on a bike with a backpack go into a backyard. They though it was drug related because there had been a lot of traffic going to and from the house. It ended up being a small group of young adults in the backyard having a barbeque.

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