Violating restraining order: Not exactly model of romance

Thieves do some last-minute holiday shopping ­— at your mailbox, stoop

South-West Review police reports published Jan. 4, 2015 for Inver Grove Heights, and West St. Paul

West St. Paul

Suspicious person
—  It could have been a scene out of a 1980s romantic comedy, except for the restraining order and the part where the police intervened. A parent called 911 Dec. 24 close to midnight, because a daughter’s boyfriend was trying to get in a window and wouldn’t leave. The daughter had a restraining order against the boyfriend. Police responded, and found the man also had a warrant out for his arrest.

—  The early bird catches the overly-eager neighbor with a power tool. A Mainzer Street resident called the police Dec. 27 at 5:55 a.m. because the next-door neighbor was snowblowing, and the caller believed it was just too early for such loud yard maintenance.

—  Someone rummaged through a resident’s mailbox and took a $50 gift card from Wal-Mart early Dec. 28 along the 200 block of Annapolis Street West.

—  A home was burglarized within a few-day period along the 1400 block of Bellows Street. The crime was reported the afternoon of Dec. 22.
— Items were stolen from a local business overnight Dec. 22-23 along the 1000 block of Robert Street South. Someone had left the back door open and items were missing from the caller’s office.

South St. Paul

—  Just after midnight Dec. 24, a 46-year-old Inver Grove Heights woman was pulled over on the Hwy. 52 southbound ramp from Butler Avenue for speeding, 70 in a 55 mph zone. Turned out she had multiple misdemeanor warrants out of Dakota County, too. She was arrested for the warrants, and then was hit with more citations for driving after her license was revoked, no proof of insurance and speeding.

—  Thieves gotta do their last-minute shopping, too. On Dec. 26, a woman reported that a package delivered to her residence more than two weeks prior had been stolen from her home along the 700 block of Fifth Avenue South. The package contained a jacket for her son.

—  On Dec. 27, a woman reported a package containing a $200 Visa gift card, several other gift cards and a couple of gifts were stolen from her home along the 500 block of Fifth Avenue South. The package was delivered Dec. 20, but by the time she got home that day, the package was gone. Someone had already used some of the Visa gift card by the time the woman went to cancel it.

— Overnight Dec. 26-27, someone appeared to have entered a vehicle along the 200 block of 11th Avenue South and stole handicapped stickers from a 2006 Chevrolet HHR.

Mendota Heights

—  Have drugs and no license, will travel. An officer stopped a motorist for a traffic violation Dec. 12. The officer discovered the driver had a revoked license and an arrest warrant. A search of the vehicle yielded narcotics paraphernalia and narcotics, leading to even more charges for the driver.

Inver Grove Heights

—  No good deed goes unpunished, especially if it involves leaving valuables in cars. On Dec. 7, a 43-year-old Eagan man reported a theft from his 2014 Honda CR-V along the 7500 block of Auburn Court. The man left his phone in the car so as not to be on it during a social gathering. He was told a friend’s car was rummaged through, and so he went to check out his car: The glove box was open and his phone was gone. The phone was worth $200.

Burglary alarm
—  On Dec. 6 at 1:40 a.m., police were summoned to the 5400 block of Babcock Trail in response to a burglary alarm. The front two windows of a convenience store were broken, causing $1,600 in damage. It appeared the suspect(s) had entered the building, though it was empty when police arrived. A 53-year-old Bloomington man, the owner, confirmed nothing was missing. The surveillance video obtained was not useful, because the footage was completely dark. West St. Paul investigated a similar attempted burglary about 30 minutes prior to this alarm, and about 1-2 miles north on Oakdale Avenue.

—  A 56-year-old Inver Grove Heights man was arrested Dec. 12 at about 10 p.m., after the woman driving the car he was riding in was pulled over. She was travelling east on Upper 55th Street over Hwy. 52, and entered the right turn lane without signaling in advance. An officer pulled her over and recognized the passenger, remembering that he had a listed warrant. The man was arrested, and the officer confirmed the warrant with dispatch. The man was transported to jail for a gross misdemeanor for driving after cancellation and a misdemeanor for an unregistered motor vehicle. Bail was listed at $1,000.


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