In the cover of darkness 

South-West Review police reports published May 14, 2017 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul




Adult abduction

A man called police after he was kidnapped and then released April 28. The man, a resident of the 1700 block of Douglas Court, told police that while he was backing out of his driveway around 10 a.m., a man he didn’t recognize from the neighborhood  “walked out in front of his car, got in the passenger seat and instructed him to drive him to a location in South St. Paul,” according to the police report. At first, the victim dismissed the demand, but the suspect then threatened to throw the victim out of his own car and steal it. At that, the victim complied and drove the man to Stockman’s Truck Stop, a restaurant in South St. Paul. According to the report, there was never any mention of a weapon. The victim described the suspect to police and police put out an alert to area law enforcement for further investigation. 



A traffic stop in the 1300 block of Highway 13 resulted in the arrest of the driver May 4. The male driver, who had a revoked license, also had an active warrant out of Scott County. He was transported to the Dakota County Jail. 



A woman in the 2300 block of Lexington Avenue called police April 28 after realizing that someone had used her credit card at a pharmacy in Brooklyn Park. She was told to also call that city’s police department. 


Lost and found

A resident in the 1100 block of Victoria Curve found a set of keys tied to a bag on the ground and turned her findings into the police department May 2. Police are keeping the keys safe and sound for their unknown owner. 



A laptop, air compressor, circular saw and miscellaneous tools were reported stolen April 29 from the 1000 block of Downing Street. 

A woman in the 2300 block of Lemay Shores Drive called police May 1 after realizing that packages had been stolen from her stoop. She told police that Amazon reimbursed her for her loss.



Inver Grove Heights 


Damage to property 

About $500 worth of damage was done to someone’s property in the 5400 block of Blackberry Trail overnight May 5. That same night, presumably the same suspects caused damage to another property in that block as well. 

Though details were not divulged in the police report, Simley High School received a share of vandalism nearing midnight May 5. 


Dog bite

A resident was bit by a dog in the area of 77th Street and Dawn Avenue May 3. When police arrived the dog was gone. 


Domestic assault

A resident was arrested and transported to the Dakota County Jail for domestic assault May 3.

A 34-year-old man was arrested for domestic assault on May 5. 

Officers were dispatched to help resolve a domestic dispute between a man and woman May 5. Police determined it was verbal only, and mutual. 


Drunk driving

Police responded to the 5000 block of South Robert Trail after there was a car accident around 6:30 a.m., May 3. A 52-year-old man involved in the accident was arrested for driving while intoxicated.


Grandma tells

A woman called police on her 20-year-old grandson in the 7100 block of Ballard Trail May 7. She told police that he was intoxicated in her home. Officers arrived and cited the man with underage consumption.



In the cover of darkness 

Murmurs and flashlight beams coming from an abandoned building at midnight triggered the suspicion of a neighbor in the 9000 block of Robert Trail May 3. When officers arrived to the scene, they found that the building had been damaged, but the suspects were nowhere to be found. 



Theft and shoplifting

Police received a report from a student of Salem Hills Elementary whose bicycle stolen May 5. 

An 18-year-old male was spotted leaving Cub Foods without paying for items May 5. He was stopped by police while driving away from the grocery store and was cited for theft. 

A resident called police from the 3800 block of 71st Street to report that a total of $905 in cash was stolen out of their vehicle May 7. 



South St. Paul



A 30-year-old man wanted on a warrant for theft was located in the 400 block of First Avenue South May 5. Police arrested and transported him to the Dakota County Jail. 

Police responded to a residence in the 400 block of Fourth Avenue South after receiving word that a wanted man was there May 7. The 28-year-old man was located and arrested for a felony domestic warrant; he was transported to the jail. 


Counterfeit cash

A bank in the 800 block of Southview Boulevard called police after a teller received a fake $20 bill when the manager of a business brought in money to deposit May 8. According to the police report, the business had not noticed it was a fake when they received it from a customer. 



A 42-year-old man called police after his vehicle was broken into overnight in the 600 block of First Avenue South May 3. The victim said nearly $2,000 worth of work equipment was stolen, including a power sander, a shop vacuum, multiple extension cords, a professional drill set, a power sprayer, and a radio. 

A 24-year-old man called police to report that his $400 gas-powered mini-bike was stolen from inside his apartment unit in the 200 block of Fourth Avenue South May 3. The victim suspects that one of his roommate’s friends might have swiped the bike. 



West St. Paul


As runners go 

Police received a report regarding an elderly male resident in the area of Delaware Avenue and Charlton Road who harasses the St. Thomas Academy track team as the runners pass by the man’s home. This has happened occasionally, according to the caller, who reported it around 4 p.m. May 9. Just what the resident does or says to harass the team was not mentioned in the report. 



Officers responded to the 2000 block of Delaware Avenue after a brother and sister got into a scuffle May 8. The siblings — both adults — needed to be separated. The woman told officers that her brother threw a box of nails at her and also punched her. The man said his sister stole something from him. Because there was no evidence of either accusation, police advised the two to simply take some breathing room, and to be apart for the day. Another person police talked to said this type of behavior is a regular occurrence between said siblings. 


He walked the line

A man with a short beard and a Johnny Cash t-shirt was spotted walking around, attempting to breaking into some garages in the 1800 block of Oakdale Avenue the afternoon of May 9. Police responded and found the 42-year-old man. They also found that he was wanted on a felony warrant, so they arrested him. 


Looking for money or to burgle?

A middle-aged man was reported to have been door-knocking in a residential neighborhood May 9. A male resident in the 1200 block of Ohio Street called police around 8 a.m. after answering the door to the man. According to the caller, the man asked for money and after receiving none, walked away. Police checked the area to inquire about the suspicious behavior, but couldn’t find the door-knocker, who was described as white, wearing a green shirt and khakis. It’s possible the man was casing the neighborhood, looking for unoccupied homes to burglarize.


Noontime keying

A woman’s car was scratched up by someone while it was parked at a gas station in the 400 block of Mendota Road May 9. The woman, who was away from her Volkswagen, in the convenience store for a short time, returned to find it keyed around noon. 


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