South-West Review police reports published March 11, 2019

Inver Grove Heights

Identity theft

On Feb. 27, an after-the-fact identity theft report was made at the police department. 

 

Dang

A theft at a storage unit in the 6300 block of Carmen Avenue was reported Feb. 28. The reporting party told police he had roughly $25,000 worth of items stolen from the unit.

 

Dude, where’s my car?

On Feb. 28, officers were dispatched to the 3300 block of 68th Street for a report of a vehicle theft in progress.

 

Funny business

Officers were dispatched to check on a suspicious person in the 5800 block of Cahill Avenue March 2. A man was arrested and transported to Dakota County Jail as a result.

 

Fraud

On March 2, officers received a report of theft by swindle and check fraud.

 

DWI

A 32-year-old woman was arrested for DWI March 2 in the area of 70th Street and Delaney Avenue.

 

In the way

On March 2, officers responded to the 5600 block of Bishop Avenue for a welfare check. After investigation, a 35-year-old woman was arrested for providing a false name to police officers and obstruction of the legal process.

 

Warrant arrest

Officers responded to the 2800 block of 47th Street on a medical call. A 24-year-old man was arrested for warrants, while another man was transported to the hospital.

 

Bad driving

On March 5, officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Blaine Avenue and Blanchard Way. Two, 19-year-old men were cited and released from the scene.

 

Mendota Heights

Warrant arrest

Officers were advised by another agency Feb. 22 that someone at a location in the 1000 block of Northland Drive had an outstanding felony warrant. The person was arrested and transported to Dakota County Jail.

 

On Feb. 24, officers responded to the 1000 block of Esther Lane on a report of a verbal domestic disturbance in progress. Upon arrival, officers found one person walking from the residence and one inside. The person leaving had a warrant and was placed under arrest.

 

Found car

On Feb. 23, a routine license plate check for a vehicle in the area of Highway 55 and Mendota Heights Road revealed the vehicle was stolen. Police followed the vehicle to a hotel in Eagan, where police called for assistance from the Eagan police department. The driver and passenger were taken into custody, and the passenger was released after giving a statement. The driver was also found to be in possession of counterfeit currency. 

 

DWI

An officer saw a vehicle Feb. 24 in the median ditch of Highway 62 near Lexington Avenue. The officer stopped to help the driver, who said they ran off the road. The officer was suspicious due to a strong, alcoholic odor coming from inside the vehicle. The driver admitted to drinking before driving and blew a .191. The officer also found a loaded handgun on the driver. The driver was charged with a permit to carry violation and booked into Dakota County Jail.

 

I already know

On Feb. 26, an officer conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation in the 1100 block of Chippewa Avenue. The driver immediately told the officer he knew he had a warrant out for his arrest. While speaking with the driver, the officer could smell alcohol on his breath. The driver admitted to drinking two beers before driving, and blew over the legal limit. The driver was arrested and booked for first-degree felony DWI and multiple warrants.

 

Missing tools

An officer took a report of theft Feb. 27 that occurred in the 700 block of Mohican Court. Sometime overnight, someone went into a man’s vehicle and removed a bag of miscellaneous tools.

 

Where’d it go?

A business in the 1000 block of Northland Drive discovered a check sent to a vendor never made it there and reported it to police Feb. 27. The check was originally sent to a business in Canada but later discovered it was cashed by someone in Pennsylvania. The business was working with their bank to complete an affidavit of forgery.

 

South St. Paul

Busted

On March 2, an officer was patrolling a storage business in the 400 block of Villaume Avenue because the owner had reported that several lockers had been broken into earlier that day. While on patrol, the officer saw two vehicles parked on the property despite the business being closed. The officer ran the men’s names, and one came back with an active warrant. A search of the man came up with methamphetamine. 

 

Storage fire

Officers responded to a storage rental facility on March 2 to execute an arrest warrant. While there, officers saw a woman walking in front of a row of garages. Later that night, a call came in about a fire in one of the units. A witness told police she smelled smoke shortly after they left earlier. It was determined the fire was arson. The woman from earlier was found and she smelled like smoke from a fire. She told officers she was burning items in the trailer she lives in to keep warm. Her boyfriend did not back this up. The woman’s story changed multiple times. She was eventually arrested and charged with second degree arson.

 

Warrant arrest

On March 3, officers responded to the 2200 block of Southview Boulevard on a report of two brothers in a yelling match. The officers met with the caller who said his foster son got mad at his younger brother for eating his food. As officers were talking with the foster son, they were informed he had an active Dakota County warrant. He was taken into custody. The father said there wasn’t a domestic situation but rather “brothers being brothers,” so no new charges were applied. 

 

DUI

Officers received a report of a possible impaired driver leaving the King of Diamonds March 4. An officer saw the vehicle on Concord Street and saw it swerving around on the road, nearly running into a snow bank as it turned on Dale Place. The vehicle was stopped, and the driver said he was texting, but the officer could smell alcohol from the vehicle. Another officer saw two bottles of vodka in the front passenger seat, and one of them was open. The driver was placed under arrest for DUI after failing field sobriety tests.  

 

West St. Paul

Don’t do that

A man called police Feb. 28 from the 1400 block of Robert Street after another man approached him and aggressively asked him for money and smokes. Police spoke with the man — he was advised he couldn’t be doing that and needed to move along.

 

Uneven odds

On Feb. 28, a call came from the 300 block of Marie Avenue from someone who saw three men attack another man in the parking lot. The caller said it sounded like a dispute over a woman. Police spoke with an involved party who said it was a mutual fight between two men. Neither party wanted anything done, and one of the men wouldn’t admit to knowing who else was involved. Medics checked on the man who was attacked.

 

 Find a better spot for the snow

There were multiple reports of people pushing snow where it doesn’t belong March 1.

 

Warning

A man in a U-Haul was doing donuts in a parking lot in the 1600 block of Robert Street March 1. He was warned about his driving conduct.

 

No policy in place

On March 3, an employee at a business in the 1700 block of Oakdale Avenue called police after finding two glass pipes with residue in them in a resident’s drawer. The officer told the employee he couldn’t go in the apartment and seize it without a search warrant. 

 

Stolen trailer

Two trailers were stolen from the side of a house on Oakdale Avenue March 3. One was a car hauler trailer and the other was an aluminum trailer with a ramp — the locks on the trailers were cut. 

 

You’ll regret it

A man called police to report threats from a coworker. After a series of personal arguments, the man said his coworker told him he shouldn’t come back to work or he would regret it — the caller took this as a threat. 

 

No more room

A neighbor was blowing snow onto another property and garage on Bernard Street March 4. The man agreed to not blow snow toward the other property.

 

Switcheroo

On March 5, a man put a $300 home theater system in a box for a $40 item and purchased it from a business in the 1400 block of Robert Street.

 

Neighbor vs. neighbor

A call came in March 5 from the 1800 block of Oakdale Avenue from someone who said their neighbor was harassing them, using racial slurs and threatening to hurt them. Both neighbors stated they were being harassed by the other — they were told to stay away from each other.

 

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