South-West Review police reports published March 11, 2018

South-West Review police reports published March 11, 2018 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul


Inver Grove Heights

Warrant arrest

On Feb. 27, police saw a driver commit a traffic offense near the area of Highway 52 and Interstate 494. After investigating, a 33-year-old man was arrested for an outstanding warrant and fifth-degree drug possession.

 

Damage to property

Officers responded to the 7700 block of Dowell Avenue March 1 on a report of damage to property. Upon investigation, a man was arrested for causing an estimated $1,500 worth of damage.

 

Funny money

Police received a report March 1 about a past purchase using a fraudulent $100 bill in the 6400 block of Cahill Avenue.

 

Open bottle

On March 3, a driver was stopped in the area of Robert Street and Interstate 494. A 45-year-old woman was cited for drinking alcohol while driving.

 

Attempted burglary

Officers were dispatched to the 3000 block of 80th Street March 5 for a suspicious man who had jumped down from the roof of a business. The man wasn’t found and it did not appear a crime had been committed.

 

Recovered car

On March 6, officers recovered a stolen vehicle in the 7400 block of Dickman Trail and a 41-year-old man was identified as a suspect. 

 

Disturbance

Officers responded to the area near Lake Cove apartments March 6 for a disturbance. They found the source and mediated the situation.

 

Marijuana possession

On March 1, a 14-year-old girl was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana in the 2900 block of 80th Street East. The girl was issued a citation and her parent was notified.

 

Disorderly conduct

Officers were dispatched to the 3200 block of 68th Street March 3 for an assault. The reporting party and parents didn’t want to press charges. 


 

Mendota Heights

Financial exploitation 

Police received a report regarding financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult by someone known to the victim.

 

Dude, where’s my car?

A vehicle was parked in the 900 block of Mendota Heights Road Feb. 24, running with the keys inside but locked. The owner went inside and came out about 20 minutes later to find the vehicle gone. The owner contacted OnStar in an attempt to locate the vehicle, which was found to be parked in the back of the building. The owner forgot they parked there because they went out a different door and everything looked different.

 

DWI

Police found a vehicle stuck in a snow bank Feb. 25 in the 700 block of Navajo Lane. The individual near the vehicle admitted to being the driver of the vehicle and failed field sobriety tests. The driver was placed under arrest for DWI but refused chemical testing. They were later transported to Dakota County Jail.

 

Fight!

An assault call came in Feb. 26 from the 1000 block of Delaware Avenue regarding two students fighting. Staff broke up the fight and no medical attention was needed by either party. One parent did not want to press charges, and the other wished to speak at a later time.

 

Fraud

Officers were called to the 700 block of South Plaza Drive Feb. 26 on a report of harassment. The caller was being contacted by a fraudulent scammer attempting to get sensitive information. She was advised on how to handle these situations should they arise again.

 

Warrant arrest

A suspicious woman was checked on at the request of a local business in the 700 block of Highway 110 Feb. 27. The woman was found to have a warrant and arrested.

 

Theft

Officers responded to a home at Windy Ridge Place Feb. 28 for an alarm on a trailer that had been tripped. The trailer had been broken into and some items were stolen.

 

Terroristic threats

On Feb. 28, officers met with a victim in West St. Paul regarding a theft and terroristic threats that occurred the previous night. After speaking to them, a juvenile suspect was located, the items were recovered, and the suspect was arrested. 

  

It went where?

Someone from a local business in the 1000 block of Northland Drive March 1 called to report a stolen laptop. An ex-contractor took the computer when the contract was terminated. The business was contacted by a computer repair company in Oklahoma that was asked to wipe the hard drive.  Local police were contacted and the computer is being held at the shop. 


 

South St. Paul

Stolen tools

A call came Feb. 26 from the 200 block of Grand Avenue from a man who said his rear windows on his vehicle had been broken and several items—including a welding hood, impact driver and tool set—had been stolen.

 

Dog bite

Two men came into the department lobby Feb. 26 to report a dog bite. They reported that earlier that day, they were approached by a Great Dane while at Sam’s Mini Mart. At first, the dog, which was with a woman and child, only barked at them. After they left the store, the men were three to four houses north when the dog came after them and bit one of the men on the butt. The man hit the dog on the nose to get away. The dog didn’t break skin, but left scratches. 

 

Lovers quarrel 

Someone called police on Feb. 27 to report a couple fighting at a business in the 200 block of Concord Exchange North. A woman came to confront her boyfriend because she thought he was not spending enough time with her but rather with a guy friend of his who he allegedly smokes crack with. She went to his place of work to confront him about their relationship issues where they got into a verbal argument. The argument moved outside, where the man said his girlfriend keyed his car in front of him something the woman admitted to. She told police they’d been together for 12 years and “was ready for him to be out of her life.” The man didn’t want anything done regarding the damage to his car but did want her to leave and be banned from the business, which she was.

 

Warrant arrest

Someone called to report a suspicious woman near the 1100 block of Eighth Avenue South Feb. 28. The caller said a younger woman was standing outside his home and appeared to be confused and under the influence of drugs. When officers spoke with the woman, she was difficult to understand and seemed confused when asked general questions. It took her several minutes for her to find her ID when asked for it by police. A computer check showed the woman had active felony and misdemeanor warrants out of Dakota and Washington counties. The woman was transported to Dakota County Jail after being taken to Regions Hospital to get cleared by hospital staff. 


 

West St. Paul

Assault

A man came to the police department Feb. 28 to report an assault that occurred the night before off of Smith and Butler avenues. The man told police he was punched and tased by another man who took his wallet, car keys and cell phone. The man didn’t have the exact address but after further discussion, it was determined it occurred in St. Paul.

 

Drinking and sitting

A call came in from the 2000 block of Robert Street Feb. 28 about a passenger in a vehicle handing a bottle of alcohol over to the driver and both were drinking from it. The caller said the passenger went into the liquor store to get another bottle. When he came out of the store, the vehicle was gone. 

 

It’s just a scratch

On March 1, a woman called police after her door accidentally touched a neighboring car. She wanted to report it in case the other owner calls it in. Both parties were told door dings happen in parking lots and there was no criminal intent, so the department would not be involved any further.

 

Fraud

A man called police after finding out he was scammed. He said someone called saying the man’s computer was infected with malware. He provided his credit card number but canceled the card prior to any charges.

 

Lucky ticket

A man came into a store in the 1800 block of Robert Street South March 3 after previously stealing lottery tickets. He was trying to cash lottery tickets when an employee called police. The employee attempted to stall him while waiting for police. The man left the store without getting cash and the employee was able to get the tickets from the man.

 

Just want my chicken

A woman called March 3 after giving her friend $40 to buy her chicken but never received said chicken. Instead the “friend” left and the woman said she couldn’t contact him. She told police he is a crack dealer who sells dope on the side of Dale Street in St. Paul. She said she would put a “contract” on him if he did not return her money. Police advised this was a civil matter and she should not give drug dealers her money. She was also advised to call police if he returns and causes a problem.

 

Wait a minute

A woman noticed that one of her license plates was swapped out with a different one March 5.

 

Move the cars

With another round of snow in the area, more cars were tagged for failing to move during a snow emergency.

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