South-West Review police reports published July 29, 2018

South-West Review police reports published July 29, 2018 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul


 

Inver Grove Heights

DWI

A vehicle was pulled over on Highway 52 near Thompson Avenue July 18. A 55-year-old man was arrested for driving while impaired and transported to Dakota County Jail.

 

On July 21, officers were dispatched to the 6000 block of River Road for an impaired driver leaving an establishment. The driver was reportedly stumbling and swaying when leaving. The vehicle was located and stopped — the 34-year-old man driving was arrested for second degree DWI.

 

Hit-and-Run

Officers responded to a hit-and-run in the 5700 block of Bishop Avenue July 18. After investigation, the suspected vehicle was located, and a 72-year-old man was arrested for DWI and hit-and-run.

 

Stolen formula

Twelve cans of baby formula were stolen from a business in the 7800 block of Amana Trail July 19. The suspect was identified by loss prevention. The same type of incident happened in West St. Paul.

 

Not real

On July 20, officers were called to the 6800 block of Cahill Avenue for a report of forgery/fraud. A 30-year-old woman was arrested for offering a forged check.

 

Multiple charges

A report was made of a stolen vehicle possibly being at a business July 20. While en route, an officer found the stolen vehicle in the 900 block of Cahill Avenue. A 56-year-old man was arrested for possession of stolen property and a controlled substance.

 

Aggravated robbery

A woman reported that two men attempted to steal her purse and dragged her down the road in their vehicle July 20 in the 6100 block of Carmen Avenue.

 

Warrant arrest

On July 23, officers were dispatched to the 6400 block of Concord Boulevard for a report of a suspicious person. A traffic stop was conducted, and a 25-year-old man was arrested for outstanding warrants.

 

All’s fair in love and divorce

A man reported July 23 that his RV was broken into while parked at a storage facility in the 10900 block of Clark Road. He suspected his wife, who he is currently in the process of divorcing, took the property. She denied taking anything.

 

Fleeing

A vehicle was pulled over near the intersection of Robert Trail and Interstate 494 July 23. The driver fled the scene and police pursued them. Eventually the pursuit was ended when the speeds and driving conduct of the suspect put the public at risk. The vehicle was found later with no driver. 

 

Mendota Heights

Mail theft

A report about mail theft came in July 13 from the 1000 block of Mayfield Heights Road. The mail was found on the ground near a neighbor’s house, but an envelope that contained a check was stolen. The check was canceled and accounts are being monitored for fraudulent activity.

 

No drinking

On July 13, officers found a suspicious vehicle parked on private property in the 1000 block of Highway 13. The driver told the officer they were lost and looking for directions. The officer could smell marijuana and alcohol coming from the vehicle. One passenger was under 21 and admitted to drinking and having a small amount of marijuana. Another passenger was also found to have been drinking. Both passengers were cited for minor consumption, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Keep it straight

An officer pulled a driver over on July 14 who was driving erratically near Interstate 35 and Wagon Wheel Trail. While speaking to the driver, the officer could see signs of impairment. The officer conducted a roadside field sobriety test and found the driver’s blood alcohol content was over the legal limit. The driver was arrested for DWI and booked into Dakota County Jail. 

 

Warrant arrest and more

A vehicle was parked in a park in the 700 block of Wentworth Avenue July 14 after posted hours. Three occupants were identified, and one had two felony warrants. The occupants couldn’t provide proof of ownership of the vehicle and it was towed. A search revealed a glass pipe with suspected methamphetamine and a small baggie of the same. The man with warrants was transported to Ramsey County Jail and formal charges are pending for the suspected methamphetamine.

 

FORE!

A car was legally parked in the 700 block of Mendakota Drive July 14 when a golf ball from a wayward golf shot struck the driver’s rear window, smashing it. No note or info was left by the golfer for the vehicle owner.

 

IRS scam

Someone called police July 17 to report suspected fraud activity. He said he had been called by someone claiming to work for the IRS. They told him he would be arrested if he didn’t buy more than $7,500 worth of iTunes gift cards and give them the codes. The man gave the callers the codes, then called police. After an officer told him it was a scam, he attempted to terminate the transactions.

 

South St. Paul

Little leak

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of 13th Avenue South July 23 around 9:30 p.m. Upon arrival, he spoke with a man working on a Safari van, which had broken down at that address. The man was advised to leave the vehicle and work on it at a more reasonable hour. An hour later, the officer was back at the address because the van was leaking fuel onto the roadway. The man from earlier could not be found. The van was towed.

 

Running away

On July 18, police were called about the theft of gas from a station in South St. Paul. An officer was in the area and saw the suspected vehicle tried to pull it over, but the vehicle took off and headed north on Fifth Avenue before driving the opposite traffic’s lane. The car narrowly missed a car stopped at an intersection. The suspected vehicle eventually came to a stop. The man told police that when he tried to pay for gas his card wouldn’t work and left. He said he fled because he was scared and recently released on assault charges.

 

Warrant arrest

A call about a suspicious person entering an apartment building in the 300 block of First Avenue South came in July 18. The party later told dispatch the person was a friend and allowed to be there. Upon arrival, police discovered the visitor had an active Hennepin County Warrant. He was placed under arrest and transported to Dakota County Jail.

 

West St. Paul

Dine and dash

A call came from Gallagher’s Bar July 18 after a woman walked out without paying a $41 tab.

 

What ya doing?

On July 18, someone reported a vehicle that stopped at the west end of the park on Runge Lane multiple times a week and moved through the area very slowly. The caller said that when they would watch the vehicle and the driver noticed, the vehicle would speed away.

 

Check the cars

A woman called police July 21 from the 1500 block of Charlton Street after hearing noise coming from a garage. A man was going through the cars in the garage but was gone by the time police arrived. No cars showed signs of damage.

 

Let me access that

A man received a message on his computer July 21 from someone overseas claming to be from Windows 10. The man allowed the message sender to access his computer remotely. While he suffered no financial loss, an officer advised the man take his computer to Geek Square to run antivirus software on it.

 

Wrong pump

On July 22, police got a call from a woman who prepaid for gas at a station in the 1200 block of Robert Street but it went to the wrong pump. Someone pumped that dollar amount worth and the station was refusing to give the caller a refund. The manager said the caller told her the wrong gas pump. An officer told the caller it was a civil matter and to bring the matter to the gas company’s district office.

 

Back up

An employee at a business in the 1400 block of Robert Street called after a customer threatened an employee July 22. Two young girls entered the store and attempted to buy a pop but were two cents short. The employee told them they needed to pay for it in full. The girls threw a dollar at her and told her to keep the change before leaving. The girls’ mother came into the store and yelled and threatened the employee. 

 

K-I-S-S-I-N-G

A call came in near Signal Hills Center about suspicious activity July 23 near the center. Turns out it was a teenage boy and girl who parked there to makeout. 

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