South-West Review police reports published November 26, 2017

South-West Review police reports published November 26, 2017 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul


Due to the short holiday week, South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights reports were unavailable. 


Mendota Heights

Tampered vehicle

Officers responded to the 1000 block of Overlook Road Nov. 3 for a vehicle break-in. They spoke with the owner who thinks he may have left it unlocked over night. Nothing appeared to be taken.

 

Theft

On Nov. 3, officers responded to the 1300 block of Furlong Avenue on a report of two vehicles that were riffled through during the night.

 

A report was made after an officer responded to the 1300 block of Northland Drive Nov. 8 due to a person tampering with a vehicle.

 

Fraud

Officers spoke with a woman Nov. 3 about a transaction related to a possible phishing scheme. 

 

Drugs

An officer observed a vehicle parked at a gas pump at a station in the 1000 block of Highway 110 Nov. 6. The suspect was asleep in the driver’s seat with a glass pipe in his hand. He was arrested for DWI and felony drug possession.

 

A simple misunderstanding

Officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of Lexington Avenue Nov. 8 on report of assault. Officers were informed a man ran after the reporting party with a baseball bat. The complainant sped away in his car and called police from a gas station in a neighboring city. An officer arrived and confronted the man with the baseball bat. It was determined no assault occurred, but instead, was a misunderstanding. 

 

Stealing from a business

The owner of a business that operated out of a residence in the 2400 block of Stockbridge Road called police to report theft and other civil issues. The owner of the company reports having $6,700 in tickets and nearly $12,700 in cash stolen. The suspect is a partner in the business. 

 

Hit and run

Officers were called to the 1100 block of Centre Pointe Circle Nov. 13 after a hit-and-run accident. A witness said an older man driving a trailblazer-type SUV crashed into four cars and then left the area heading southeast. A possible location was given, and squads checked the area. The vehicle was located and charges are pending. 

 

Stolen lotto tickets

An employee of a business in the 900 block of Highway 13 discovered Nov. 12 that $320 in Minnesota state lottery tickets had been stolen. The employee believes a customer who contacted AAA to get auto assistance stole the tickets; the employee is trying to get surveillance video.


 

West St. Paul

A little nap

The manager of a Caribou in the 1100 block of Robert Street South Nov. 15 called police after discovering a man sleeping inside the store. Another younger man was covered with a large blanket. When staff tried to wake him, he didn’t respond, but was breathing. Both men were advised not to return to the location. 

 

Gotta pay

A report of a disturbance came in Nov. 15 from the 1900 block of Robert Street South regarding an irate customer who was screaming. The man was mad because the business wouldn’t release a vehicle because his check was declined. An officer spoke with the man and someone at the business. The man agreed to use a credit card to pay for services. 

 

Fraud

A man reported Nov. 15 that someone charged his credit card without his permission.

 

Not-so-nice guest

Police received a call Nov. 16 from a man in the 300 block of Marie Avenue East regarding theft. He said he got home from work and found both TVs missing from the apartment. He had a woman staying with him the night before.

 

Can’t take my car

A towing company called police Nov. 16 after an attempt to tow a vehicle didn’t go as planned. While attempting to tow a Mazda Protégé, a man jumped into the vehicle and was refusing to get out. The company requested police assistance. The man thought they were trying to steal his vehicle. According to the report, the vehicle was being towed because it didn’t have a permit. The owner paid the drop fee and the truck driver released the vehicle. 

 

Grandson scam

A woman called police Nov. 17 after receiving a scam call from someone claiming to be her grandson. The “grandson” needed money to be bailed out. The woman later stated she found out it wasn’t her grandson. 

 

Theft in progress

A woman took a cart from a store in the 1600 block of Robert Street South Nov. 17. The woman did pay for some items but according to the report, the loss prevention employee with the store said most of the items in her cart were not paid for. Staff recovered the cart, but the woman wouldn’t go back into the store. When the employee called police, the woman was walking by Hobby Lobby. Officers checked the area and Hobby Lobby for the suspect but didn’t find her. 

 

All the pancakes

A man was refusing to leave the Perkins in the 1300 block of Robert Street South Nov. 18.  According to the report, the man was upset because the caller wouldn’t let him share the all-you-can-eat pancakes with his entire table. The man threw and broke a glass, but no one was cut. He was not served, and the caller refused to serve him. The business wanted him removed from the property. 

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