South-West Review police reports published June 17th, 2019

Inver Grove Heights

Too much to drink

A 31-year-old woman was taken to detox after police received a call about an intoxicated woman in the 5400 block of Blackberry Trail June 5.


Warrant arrest

On June 5, an officer pulled a vehicle over at the intersection of Fifth Avenue South and Ash Street West. A 27-year-old man was arrested for an outstanding theft warrant as a result.


A 61-year-old man was arrested on a warrant June 5 in the 1300 block of Mendota Road.


Those aren’t yours

Police found two stolen vehicles in the 5000 block of Babcock Trail June 5. A 25-year-old man and 29-year-old woman were arrested as a result.


Not a smart move

Officers were dispatched to a fight June 5, and while speaking with officers a 14-year-old boy began to fight with them. He was arrested and transported to a detention facility.


Stolen checks

A woman reported June 6 that a book of checks was stolen from her storage locker in the 1400 block of Upper 55th Street.



A 20-year-old woman was arrested for DWI June 7 at the intersection of Upper 55th Street and Babcock Trail.



On June 7, officers were dispatched to the 11600 block of Courthouse Boulevard for a theft in progress. A 19-year-old woman was cited for theft and transported to a hospital for suspected drug impairment.


No crime here

Officers were dispatched to a burglary in the 8400 block of Ashton Avenue June 10. However, rather than a burglar being arrested, a woman was charged with falsely reporting a crime.


Mendota Heights

Whose car is it anyway?

On May 30, an officer was dispatched to investigate a suspicious vehicle with severe front-end damage near Cheyenne and Nashua lanes. A few people were trying to get the vehicle started, but left before the officer arrived. The officer was unable to determine registration status of the vehicle so it was impounded.


Don’t mess with it

Officers were dispatched to a theft in progress May 30 in the 700 block of Hokah Avenue. An officer saw a man matching the description they had been given walking down a nearby road. The man was stopped and it was determined he had tampered with a motor vehicle. He was issued a citation and transported to Dakota County Jail.



On May 31, someone entered a garage through a side door and got into a house in the 1000 block of Knollwood Lane a purse was taken from inside the home.


Too young

While on patrol June 2, an officer saw a vehicle accelerate to pass another vehicle in a no passing zone in the area of Dodd and Market streets. The vehicle was occupied by one juvenile and three adults under 21. The juvenile and two of the adults admitted to drinking. All three were cited for underage alcohol consumption.



A woman reported June 3 her identity had been used to open an account at a Verizon store in St. Paul. She was not out any money and the account was cancelled.


Warrant arrest

A call about a suspicious person came in June 5 from the 700 block of Wentworth Avenue. The suspect was located and ended up having two felony warrants and a suspended driver’s license. They were booked into Dakota County Jail and the vehicle was towed.



Officers responded to the 700 block of Sibley Memorial Highway June 5 on reports of a suspicious vehicle with the doors open, running with no one around. Officers found the vehicle and had it towed for safekeeping. During a search of the vehicle, large amounts of various types of suspected narcotics were discovered, which were taken into custody as evidence.


Mailbox down

A homeowner in the 1000 block of Wachtler Avenue discovered their mailbox, as well as a neighbor’s mailbox, had been damaged June 9. An unknown red truck struck and destroyed both mailboxes as well as the wood posts. 


South St. Paul

Wrestling match

On June 6, officers were called to a domestic disturbance. When officers entered the house, they saw no signs of a struggle, but both parties told police they got into an argument over rent payments. The man and woman got into a wrestling match regarding the last set of keys and were scratched by said keys. 


Pay attention

A black car backed into a light pole June 8 in the 100 block of Third Avenue South. There was no damage to the base of the pole but the light fixture was damaged. An officer spoke with the registered owner of the vehicle who said she backed into the pole, checked for damage and then left.


Warrant arrest

A man was arrested for two active warrants June 9 in the 500 block of Fifth Avenue South.



On June 10, a woman told police her daughter’s vehicle was stuck by a baseball after it was hit from the ballpark across the street on Third Street. There was a significant dent in the hood near the windshield.


Smash, no grab

There were several reports this week about smashed windows on vehicles but nothing was taken from the vehicles. 


West St. Paul

Kitten rescue

A man called police June 5 from Annapolis Street to report an injured cat that was in a tree. 


Not a real steak

On June 6, a woman called police from a business in the 1400 block of Robert Street because she wanted her money back for a steak she had purchased. The woman was upset with the quality of her steak. The woman called back and said she didn’t want to wait the ETA for an officer was unknown and she started swearing at dispatch. The woman was gone by the time an officer arrived.


Little tree trimming

A call came in June 6 from the 1000 block of Oakdale Avenue about a man who arrived in a truck and got out with a chainsaw. The man went into the phone/communications hub and the caller could hear a chainsaw running. When officers arrived, they found some pine trees immediately south of the building that appeared trimmed and there were branches on the ground.



A dine-and-dash occurred June 7 in the 1400 block of Robert Street. A group of men ran out on a $40 bill but not before the caller asked them to pay. Their response: “F—- that.”


It’s heavy

Someone called June 7 from the 1500 block of Charlton Street to file a noise complaint about another apartment unit. There had been loud banging all day, according to the complainant. The resident of the unit in question was moving a dresser and was having trouble.


Back again

Once again, there were multiple calls from a business in the 1600 block of Robert Street June 7. A man was sent to jail because of four previous thefts from the business. Multiple people under-rang their purchases. A man was asked to leave after repeatedly groping the woman with him, smelling underwear from the women’s department and putting women’s underwear on his head. 


Little late for vacuuming

A complaint came in late June 7 from the 100 block of Moreland Avenue about someone running a “real loud vacuum.” When police arrived, they found someone was using a parking lot vacuum. The man thought it was fine because it was in a commercial area and not residential. He was advised of the noise ordinance, to complete his final sweep and be on his way for the evening.


Saved ducklings

Some ducklings were found stuck in a sewer drain June 10 in the area of Haskell and Sperl streets. A public works employee got the sewer drain cover off and all ducklings were reunited with their mom.


Little close

A man called police June 11 to report someone had a bonfire too close to his house in the 1000 block of Cherokee Avenue. The fire melted half the siding on his house causing an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 in damage.


It’s summer

An officer on Thompson Avenue and Bidwell Street reported hearing a vehicle with a loud stereo on June 11. The bass was so loud he could hear it a block away. The officer stopped the driver who said he was aware of the ordinance for loud music but said that because it is summer, he would play his music loud the man was cited.


Please get out

A tow truck driver called police June 12 from Marie Avenue where he hooked up a vehicle to tow only for the owner to get in the vehicle and refuse to get out. The man was out of the car when police arrived.


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