South-West Review police reports published December 24, 2017

South-West Review police reports published December 24, 2017 for Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul and West St. Paul


 

Mendota Heights

Stolen iPods

A woman said that her daughter had taken two iPods without permission. The daughter was last seen in West St. Paul. The theft was not witnessed.

 

Creepy texts

A woman visiting the 900 block of Chippewa Avenue received several stalking text messages indicating she was being followed while driving. The phone number was blocked and a request for additional patrol in the area was submitted.

 

Mail theft

Officers were dispatched Dec. 9 to the 700 block of Willow Lane on the report of theft of mail. 

 

Suspicious person

While on routine patrol, officers saw a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot of a closed business Dec. 13. They made contact with a man and woman sleeping. While speaking with them, an odor of suspected burnt marijuana was detected from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle found two grinders and four glass pipes. Both people were cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

 

Theft

Police were called to a housing facility in the 700 block of South Plaza Drive Dec. 14 for a theft. An employee had left a backpack with $700 in it inside a locked room and left the building for a few hours. When the employee returned he got his backpack and when he arrived home he discovered the cash missing. The victim reports that the zippered pocket of the backpack was open and the money envelope was still inside it. Officers were given a list of those working that day with a code to the room.

An officer was dispatched to the high school on a report of a stolen phone. The officer originally spoke with the parent of the student who said she was informed her child’s phone was stolen or missing and being tracked. The student gave a time frame of the theft. The officer was unable to zero in any closer on the location than the entire school grounds.

 

Stolen car

Officers were called to the 2000 block of Lexington Avenue Dec. 13 for a reported stolen vehicle. Though the suspect didn’t have permission to drive his girlfriend’s car, their relationship caused the situation to be labeled as a breach of trust instead of a vehicle theft. An alert was created in an attempt to find the vehicle.


 

West St. Paul

That’s my account

A woman’s online bank account was hacked. She reported it to her bank who told her to also get a police report. The woman said an unknown person attempted to deposit two checks into her account without her approval. No funds were withdrawn, and police advised her to work with her bank regarding this issue.

 

Missing package

A package was stolen from the front door of a home in the 300 block of Moreland Avenue Dec. 13. An Amazon package containing a Lego set and two pairs of embroidery scissors was stolen after the package was delivered. Amazon already replaced everything and it had been delivered. The caller didn’t need a report but wanted police to be aware. 

 

Hungry shopper

A man walked out of the Dollar Tree on Robert Street Dec. 13 with a jacket stuffed to the brim. He was also allegedly eating while at the store. He got into a red van; police checked the area for the vehicle. The manager was unable to provide footage of the suspect. Police advised the manager to email a photo of the suspect if one is located. 

 

Hot item

A man brought an iPod he bought in St. Paul into the West St. Paul police lobby Dec. 13 because he thought it may have been stolen. He wanted an officer to run the serial number to check. 

 

Anyone here?

A cleaner of a building in the 1700 block of Robert Street South called police Dec. 14 after he showed up to clean the building and the back door looked liked someone had tried to get in. There were no signs of a break in. He told police he opened the door to the rear parking lot and saw a car drive off. Police told him they would patrol for the next couple hours through the lot.

 

Trouble in the library

A man known to write in books was banned from the library Dec. 14. He was caught the previous week writing profanities in the books. The man signed the form and left without incident.

 

Purse theft

Someone pushed down a woman in the Target parking lot and took her purse, which had her bank cards and ID in it. Police went to Target to get surveillance video. 

 

Broken window

A customer called police Dec. 16 and reported a shattered window at a business in the 180 block of Marie Avenue East.

 

Theft

A television worth $250 to $300 was stolen from a business in the 1700 block of Robert Street South Dec. 16. The caller thinks the man and woman who stole the TV went south on Robert Street. 

A vehicle was rummaged through overnight in the 400 block of Schletty Lane. Nothing valuable was stolen. Police advised the owner to keep an eye on things and call police if there’s any suspicious activity on any accounts. The owner said papers with names and addresses on them were stolen.

 

Attempted stolen package

A woman saw two young men trying to steal packages by her front door Dec. 15 when she was retuning from taking her dog for a walk. She told police they were grabbing the packages and she asked them what they were doing. She had items stolen a couple weeks ago as well.

 

Down streetlights

Someone hit a street light pole, which fell into the intersection of Highway 110 and Mendota Road Dec. 15. 

 

Hungry thieves

Two juveniles stole three pizzas from a business in the 1200 block of Robert Street South Dec. 15. 

 

Harassing the crew

St. Paul Regional Water Service was doing hydrant work in the area of Bernard Street East and Gorman Avenue Dec. 18 when an area resident began harassing the crew. According to the report, the man was upset the water was shut off without notification. 

 

Where’s the spirit?

A woman was tearing down Christmas decorations and things off the table—something the husband didn’t want. Police spoke with the husband about police resources and told him this incident was not a police matter.

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