South-West Review police reports published July 22, 2018

South-West Review police reports published July 22, 2018 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul


Inver Grove Heights


A vehicle was pulled over in the area of Interstate 494 and Fifth Avenue South July 10. A 33-year-old man was arrested on fifth-degree drug possession and warrants.


No phone for you

A man agreed online to meet with a woman to purchase a cell phone July 11. When the woman arrived, she took the $200 cash from the man and left without giving him the phone.



Officers were called to the 5600 block of Bishop Avenue July 11 on a report of a drunk driver. A man was arrested for DWI.

On July 17, a vehicle was pulled over on Highway 52 near Thompson Avenue. A 55-year-old man was arrested for third-degree DWI and transported to Dakota County Jail.


Smash and grab

On July 13, someone smashed a vehicle window in the 1400 block of Mendota Road and stole $965 out of the center console.



An officer was dispatched to the intersection of Argenta Trail and Highway 55 July 13 for a four-vehicle crash. One driver was issued a citation.


Found car

On July 14, officers were sent to the intersection of 85th Street and Brewster Avenue for a suspicious vehicle. Upon investigation, the vehicle was found to be stolen out of Minneapolis. It was unoccupied at the time of discovery.


Thanks for the help

An Inver Grove Heights officer assisted a West St. Paul officer near the border of the two cities July 15 with an uncooperative person who was a suspect in a theft case. The man was arrested and taken to Dakota County Jail.


Can’t sell that

An alcohol compliance check was conducted July 16 in the 9000 block of Buchanan Trail. One man was charged with illegal alcohol sale.

Another check was conducted in the 5500 block of Bishop Avenue July 16. A woman was also charged with illegal alcohol sale.


Mendota Heights

That’s not you

An officer pulled a vehicle over on Interstate 494 and Pilot Knob Road July 6 for speeding. When asked for identification, the woman driving gave the officer a false name. She eventually admitted to giving the officer her sister’s name. The passenger had an active misdemeanor warrant. The driver was arrested for giving false information to an officer and booked at Dakota County Jail.


Peeking Tom

Someone called from the 1900 block of Pilot Knob Road July 10 to report a person looking into vehicles and the caller’s home. Officers spoke with the caller, but the caller didn’t have any more details about the suspicious person. The caller said there were also footprints leading up to the house — however the foot prints matched the boots the caller was currently wearing. Officers searched the area but were unable to find anyone. 


Tech support

A woman reported a case of fraud on July 10 after she had a virus on her computer and was scammed into getting her computer fixed. She contacted her bank to close her accounts and change passwords. 


Lock the car

A man reported his unlocked car had been rummaged through in the 900 block of Delaware Avenue July 6 and items of value were taken. It is unclear what the items were or how much they were valued at.


South St. Paul

Please leave

An officer responded to the 300 block of Third Avenue South July 11 on the report from a property owner who believed a tenant had damaged a window and gutter. The owner believed the tenant caused the damage while climbing onto the roof over the garage to break the window to gain access to her apartment after misplacing her keys. The tenant had caused damage previously when she locked herself out. Despite being told to call a locksmith, the tenant told police she had been unable to afford one and broke the window to get in.


Back again

On July 11, an officer was sent to the 200 block of Grand Avenue due to a woman threatening a resident. The woman appeared to be intoxicated and denied getting into a verbal argument with another resident. The woman was cited for disorderly conduct because the officers head dealt with her multiple times throughout the day for similar incidences. 


Unlock car

A woman reported July 11 that her friend had left her car unlocked in a parking lot in the 1500 block of Elrose Court the night before. When the friend went back to her car she realized someone had taken her wallet from the vehicle sometime overnight. 


Slashed tires

On July 11, a man reported that the tires on two of his vehicles that were parked in the 300 block of Second Avenue South were slashed. The caller said he might know who did it. 


Warrant arrest

Officers responded to a hotel on a report of a guest having an active felony warrant. The suspected guest was placed under arrest as she exited a stairwell. During a search of her purse, officers found a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine residue, a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine and about 10 pills with the imprints rubbed off to prevent identification.


Go away

On July 16, an officer went to a business in the 1100 block of Concord Street on a report of a possible theft in progress. Employees at the business said no theft occurred, but they did want a man to leave the property because he was being loud and obnoxious. The officer asked the man to leave multiple times, but he became loud and started yelling at the police. The man was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. He was transported to Dakota County Jail. 


West St. Paul

Family affair

A woman called police July 11 because she was getting harassing calls from her brother. The brother kept calling her and other family members to harass and threaten them because he thought he was owed money.


 Possible gun shots

On July 12, a call came in from the 200 block of Roeller Avenue from a woman who thought she heard two gun shots and a vehicle do a “slow roll.” Officers checked the street and houses and nothing appeared damaged. 


Lock the doors

A woman reported July 12 that sometime overnight her vehicles, which were left unlocked in the 1100 block of Allen Avenue, were riffled through. The value of what was stolen was $1,500. She also thought one vehicle may have been damaged because it wouldn’t start.


Road rage

On July 12, officers got a call from a man at the Super America on Robert Street who was yelling at someone. The caller said he was turning into the gas station when another driver pulled up behind him, flashed his lights and tailgated him. He said he told the other driver he was too close and the men started arguing. 


Not always right

An employee of a business in the 1800 block of Robert Street called police July 12 and a customer could be heard yelling in the background. The customer was upset because she had a prepaid Visa card that wasn’t working and the gas station wouldn’t take it as payment. While this was going on, another customer went behind the register and grabbed cigarettes and was trying to steal them. The customers threw things at employees before leaving. 


Huge loss

A woman called police July 13 to report that her bank information had been stolen and she suffered a $7,000 loss.


Dump and run

A call came in from a property manager in the 900 block of Robert Street South about a white truck dumping several items, including mattresses and a TV, on July 13. When the property manager confronted them, they continued dumping. 


Teen thieves

On July 14, a call came in from an employee that a group of three to four juveniles were trying to get into a concession stand by a splash pad in the 1000 block of Charlton Street. Someone had broken into the stand the night before and taken $300. The employee thought the group trying to get in that day was the same one that broke in the night before.


Drunken swim

A woman called police from the 2000 block of Oakdale Avenue July 14 to report an intoxicated man that was in the pool and saying inappropriate things to her daughter. The man was drinking beer in public and stumbling while walking around. Police told the man about the complaint. He apologized and agreed to go back to his apartment. 

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