You’ve got mail! Except it’s not yours

South-West Review police reports published Feb. 1, 2015 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul

Inver Grove Heights

Theft — Two residents reported finding mail in unusual locations — and not addressed to them. It appeared someone stole the mail, opened the envelopes in an attempt to find something valuable, and then threw them into people’s yards. One envelope contained a credit card statement and a check for $100. Another one was found empty, but, according to the sender, would have had only a notice to cancel some kind of service enclosed.

Mendota Heights

Assault — An assault was reported at the middle school. A 12-year-old was assaulted by a group of three males Jan. 22. The school was aware of the incident. The boy’s injuries included a sore neck. He was taking to the urgency room.
Drugs — Police were investigating the open door of a church Jan. 24, when a vehicle sped off the property. Police stopped the vehicle, and the two occupants were cited, one for possession of a small amount of marijuana and the other for violating an instructional permit.

South St. Paul

Thefts — A woman reported Jan. 26 her purse was stolen from her car while it was parked at a Southview Boulevard apartment complex. Whoever stole the purse used the woman’s debit card to purchase gas and other items from a West St. Paul gas station, spending nearly $100. The woman wasn’t sure if she had locked her vehicle. Also in her purse were her driver’s license and Social Security card.
— A 57-year-old food delivery man recently tried to deliver more than $60 of food to a residence along the 1200 block of Marie Avenue, but instead, two men who claimed to be the sons of the woman who ordered the food stole it. They disappeared behind the apartment complex with the bags of food, and didn’t come out. It appears the trio didn’t even live at the apartment complex, because police weren’t able to find anyone there who ordered the food.
Burglary — At about 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24, a man reported someone entered his home and garage along the 1500 block of Stickney Avenue and stole an Xbox 360, headphones and a couple of computers. There were no signs of forced entry. The homeowner said the burglary must have happened between midnight and 7 a.m. One of the computers had a significant amount of personal information on it, because the man was doing his taxes and the computer isn’t password protected.
Fire — Police were summoned to the 100 block of Fourth Avenue North the afternoon of Jan. 21 on a report of a garbage-can fire. South Metro Fire put the fire out, but suspected it was arson. A fire investigator responded to the scene to analyze it. According to the fire department, there was another suspicious fire in the area in the last week.

West St. Paul

Robbery — A woman reported Jan. 28 at about 4:15 a.m. that she had been robbed. While at a friend’s house along the 200 block of Thompson Avenue, the woman was getting ready to leave, and a male with a red hat and black jacket stole her purse and backpack, and then took off. A weapon was implied. There is a possible suspect, but the robber was gone by the time police arrived.

Animal call — A resident reported Jan. 21 at about 8:15 a.m. that a deer with a broken leg was in her yard, hiding in a small patch of trees near Windy Hill Court. Police were able to get within 30 or 40 yards of the animal. Then, it hobbled off. The woman said she’s seen it around in the past couple of weeks, and it has been eating. The resident said she will keep an eye on it; if it stops moving and is somehow blocked from escape, she’ll give police a call.

Suspicious persons — In front of a store along Signal Hills Drive, three young men in a vehicle made two attempts to avoid police after seeing the squad car. They quickly exited the vehicle and went into a store, but were back in a couple of minutes. They walked back to their vehicle, spotted the squad car again, and walked away again. The officer made contact with the three men. None of them had a valid driver’s license, and none of them would admit to driving the car, so the officer could only make a report.

Damage — A resident report Jan. 27 that the window was broken and tires slashed on a car parked outside an apartment complex along the 1700 block of Oakdale Avenue.

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