South-West Review police reports published August 26, 2018

South-West Review police reports published August 26, 2018 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul


Inver Grove Heights

Someone’s in my house

Officers were dispatched to the 4800 block of Boyd Avenue Aug. 14 for a burglary in progress. The reporting party told police they heard people down in their kitchen. The burglars cut out a window screen to get into the home and later stole the victim’s truck. They were identified as four juvenile males in a later vehicle pursuit.


Recovered bike

A woman reported her son’s bike stolen Aug. 15 from her garage overnight. Officers had previously found a bike matching the description and brought it to the department. The woman was told she could pick the bike up there.


Not allowed

Officers responded to a burglary in progress in the 7400 block of Dickman Trail Aug. 17. After investigation, a 20-year-old man was arrested for trespassing and possession of a dangerous weapon.


Is your fridge running?

On Aug. 18, police responded to the 7700 block of River Road for a dumping complaint. A large white refrigerator was dumped at the park. 


Don’t leave

Officers were dispatched to the 6600 block of River Road Aug. 18 for an impaired driver attempting to leave an establishment. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, a 22-year-old man, was arrested for second degree DWI.


Where’s the fire?

On Aug. 19, an officer was dispatched to a fire alarm in the 7500 block of Colman Way. An alarm could be heard sounding, and there was no answer at the door. The Inver Grove Heights Fire Department was called, got into the building and verified there was no fire.


Warrant arrests

A disturbance was reported in the 4800 block of Ashley Lane Aug. 20. A 23-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were arrested on active warrants.



A juvenile female was accused of stealing $53.73 worth of merchandise from a business in the 7800 block of Amana Trail Aug. 21. She was issued a citation for theft and released to an adult family member.


Mendota Heights

I’m at work

An officer took a missing person report Aug. 10. While investigating the situation, the reporting party received a call from the missing person saying he was fine and at work.


Here ya go

On Aug. 11, an officer responded to a report of mail being scattered on lawns on the area of the 600 block of Linden Street. The mail was returned to the addresses in Sunfish Lake. Nothing of value was taken from the mail.



An officer saw a swerving vehicle going southbound on Interstate 35E near Wagon Wheel Trail on Aug. 12. The vehicle was pulled over and  the man driving was found to be intoxicated. He was arrested for DWI.


On Aug. 15, a vehicle was pulled over in the 800 block of Sibley Memorial Highway for impeding traffic. The driver failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for DWI. The driver refused to submit a breath test — the driver was transported to Dakota County Jail and booked for second-degree DWI and test refusal.


Garage theft

On Aug. 12, someone called to report a burglary and theft of car keys from the 2000 block of Timmy Street. The vehicle was taken from the garage and a purse containing the keys was taken from inside the residence. Credit cards were also taken from the purse. A second vehicle was entered but nothing was reported stolen.


Gift card scam

Someone called Aug. 16 to report fraud. The caller said someone had called them claiming to be from the government, got the caller to put $1,000 on a gift card and then give the digital information for the card. 


South St. Paul

Please leave

A woman came to the police department lobby Aug. 13 to report a series of threats she had received from another woman. The woman reporting the threats said she told the other woman she was no longer welcome in her home and needed to move out. While the officer was with the reporting party, he called the other woman and told her she was no longer welcome at the home in the 100 block of First Avenue. After the reporting party left the department, she called the officer to say the woman was still at the home and was screaming and yelling profanities. The officer told the woman who refused to leave she would be mailed a citation for disorderly conduct. 



On Aug. 13, an officer was patrolling in the area of Concord Street South and Dale Place when they pulled a vehicle over with no headlights or taillights on. The man driving was unaware he had been driving without his lights on and said the vehicle belonged to his mother. The officer could smell the odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and the driver told the officer he had a couple beers about an hour earlier. The driver failed field sobriety and breathalyzer tests. He was blew a 0.116 — the man was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. 


They come through the window

Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Buron Lane Aug. 13 on the report of a burglary. A man told police the tenants who lived in one of the apartments had been evicted, but somebody entered said apartment through an unlocked window. A television was missing along with a camera and child’s mattress. 


Kicking it

On Aug. 14, officers were dispatched to the area of Eight Avenue South and Dale Street after receiving a call from a woman who said a man kicked her vehicle and caused damage. The woman was picking up her boyfriend who lived with the man. The man got angry and kicked her vehicle several times and a footprint was noticeable on the front fender. The treads of the man’s shoes matched. The estimate to repair the damage is roughly $4,000. 


West St. Paul

I’m late for a very important date

A call came in Aug. 15 from Marie Avenue about a man who drove into the parking lot gate, parked his car, jumped out and ran. The driver later came back for the vehicle and said he was late for a meeting on the other side of the building. 


Mo money,
mo problems

A former employee was refusing to leave work Aug. 17 in the 900 block of Robert Street. She threatened to trash the office and was upset because the reporting party couldn’t fix her pay. The former employee was told she would need to talk with the manager and needed to leave.


Dating woes

On Aug. 18, a man called police from the area of Butler Avenue and Robert Street after he met with a woman he met on a dating app. His date pulled a knife on him and took his wallet.


Free gas

A loss-prevention employee called police Aug. 18 from a business in the 1700 block of Robert Street after seeing someone siphon gas from trailers in the back of the store. The man turned out to work for the trailer gas company and had information to prove he was legitimate.


Too much fun

On Aug. 19, a call came in from the 1300 block of Ottawa Avenue around midnight about a loud party. There was a birthday party going on and there were some adults who were outside playing an “intense game of cards.” They were advised of the noise complaint and said they would go inside.


Found my car

A woman called police Aug. 20 after finding her stolen car. Her vehicle was stolen the previous Wednesday and the GPS showed it being in the 1100 block of Charlton Street. The original theft happened in St. Paul. The woman was on her way to the location and was advised to wait inside her vehicle for an officer. An officer spoke with Rock Star Auto who confirmed the woman, who was in possession of the keys, owned the vehicle. As the woman was backing out, she crashed into the unoccupied squad car.


Are you following me?

On Aug. 20, a call came from a man in the area of Thompson and Oakdale avenues who thought he was being followed by some sort of truck or van for the past 10 minutes. The other vehicle kept swerving and almost hitting cars and almost rear-ended the caller several times. The caller thinks the driver may have been impaired due to his driving conduct.

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