South-West Review police reports published June 24th, 2019

Mendota Heights


While on patrol June 7, officers followed a vehicle into the 700 block of South Plaza Way. The vehicle parked, but no one got out. Officers approached the vehicle and found two women sleeping inside. The pair were woken up and officers found signs of intoxication in the driver, who was arrested for DWI following field sobriety tests.


Officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of Dodd Road for a welfare check June 9. Paramedics were out with a woman in a vehicle and requested police to respond. Officers determined when they arrived that the woman was under the influence of a controlled substance. She was booked and released for DWI.


Abandoned vehicle

A resident living near the intersection of Lemay Lake Road and Kendon Lane saw and reported a vehicle that was left wrecked and abandoned in the woods June 7. The vehicle had been driven over a curb and into a tree before the driver ditched it. Contact was made with the vehicle’s owner so her personal belongings could be returned.


Mail theft and return

A woman who lives near the 1700 block of Lexington Avenue came into the police department June 7 to report her mail and been stolen. Some of her mail was located and returned by St. Paul police.


K9 help

Officers were dispatched June 9 to the 1600 block of Victoria Road on a report of a burglary at an occupied residence. Surrounding agencies provided assistance, and a suspect was located by a K9 unit and placed under arrest.



A report came in June 10 from the 1800 block of Delaware Avenue that someone had used spray paint to draw images and words on a building, parking lot and tennis court. It’s estimated the damage will cost around $20,000 to cleanup.


Shouldn’t be driving

An officer conducted a traffic stop on Mendota Heights Road and Northland Drive June 11. The driver had committed several violations and the vehicle was uninsured. The driver was cited, the car was towed.



An officer was conducting a park check June 11 in the 2600 block of Concord Way when they saw a vehicle in the park after hours. The officer smelled unburnt marijuana in the car and searched it, where a large quantity of drugs was discovered. The driver was arrested and booked at the Dakota County Jail for first-degree possession of a controlled substance.


Found but broken

Someone took a cellphone from a tennis camp participant’s bag at Visitation School June 12. The phone was tracked and recovered but it had been severely damaged.


West St. Paul

No good deed

A man took a woman’s purse and flat screen TV after she let him sleep on her couch at her place in the 300 block of Marie Avenue. She reported the items as stolen June 12.


Food or weed?

A man called the police from the 1900 block of Oakdale Avenue June 12 after smelling marijuana coming from a building. The responding officer did not locate any marijuana scents, though she did smell burnt food in the hallway coming from an apartment.


Stolen flower pots

A call came in June 14 from Crusader Avenue East about three flower pots that had been stolen overnight, valued at about $100. The caller didn’t want to file a report but wanted to have some extra patrols roll through that evening. 


Stuff in the road

Police were called to the 1000 block of Oakdale Avenue June 15 for barricades that had been knocked over into the street, distrupting traffic. The caller said they saw a grey Mazda 3 hit a metal barricade sign and leave junk in the road. There were also cones strewn about. A responding officer cleared things up.


Not a chef

The night of June 15 a kid pulled a fire alarm in an apartment building in the 300 block of Maria Avenue East after seeing smoke in a hallway on the third floor of the building. A visitor also called the cops to report smoke. Police and firefighters were trying to find out where the smoke was coming from — it turned out to be from burned food in a third floor apartment.


Knife to the throat

A man called the police the morning of June 16 after he and his mother got into an argument and she put a knife to his throat, threatening to kill him if he ever came back. He fled and waited for police near the YMCA. He said there was no drug or alcohol use involved in the situation and they were alone when it happened. Apparently it wasn’t the first time she had threatened him with a knife. 



While driving westbound on Mendota Road the night of June 16, a driver reported that a golf ball hit his windshield and cracked it. Police spoke with a nearby pro shop and a golfer. The pro shop said they’d take the driver’s insurance card, but the driver didn’t want to get insurance involved. 


Loud dogs

Someone called police June 16 to report that their neighbor’s dogs were barking and they were annoyed that the neighbor was out with the dogs but not doing anything to quiet them. Police talked to the dogs’ owner and she said she would do her best to keep them quiet. The report mentioned the two neighbors do not get along and are not on speaking terms. 


You don’t live here

Someone called the police from an apartment building in the 2000 block of Delaware Avenue June 16 to report a man hanging out in the building who didn’t live there. The caller said it was the second time this person, who they described as being a “little off,” was in the building. Police came and asked the man to leave, which he did. Police gave the caller the man’s information so they could talk with building management to create a no trespassing order for the man.


Move on

Police were called the evening of June 16 to deal with neighbors fighting. The caller said their neighbor across the street was yelling obscenities and that there have been ongoing issues that started with sale of a vehicle between the two. The vehicle had been being paid for over a series of months with a payment plan and the caller was attempting to deliver the final check. Police tried to help connect the two neighbors to make the final payment, but the parties involved wouldn’t comply. The officer said they will have to take the issue to civil court.


Still learning

Someone called the police the morning of June 17 from Butler Avenue West near the middle school playground to report a minivan that backed into a truck and drove way. The driver of the van, a teen, returned to leave insurance information. The young person said they were unfamiliar with the process and went home to ask a parent what to do. 



A homeowner reported June 17 a  garage burglary in the 1000 block of Smith Avenue. It was unclear whether anything had been stolen. 


Stolen checks

A caller the morning of June 17 reported checks being stolen from their mailbox in the 1000 block of Winston Circle. The man said the bank had called him to say someone had tried to cash one of his checks.


Inver Grove Heights

Broken window

During an altercation in the early morning hours of June 9 in the 4000 block of 71st Street someone shattered a large bay window. A 31-year-old man was questioned and arrested for an outstanding Ramsey County warrant. 


Stolen pistol

A caller reported to police June 12 a pistol that had been stolen sometime between September 2018 and April 2019 from a vehicle in the 6400 block of Bowman Circle. 


Found ring

A ring was found June 12 in the 2800 block of 70th Street. It’s being held at the Inver Grove Heights Police Department.


Not yours

On June 12 in the 1300 block of Mendota Road a man was seen opening packages and taking items from in front of homes. He was arrested and found to have a number of outstanding warrants. 



Police were called June 14 to the 7500 block of Concord Boulevard for an assault. The subjects had fled by the time police got there, but police found them a short time later. A 42-year-old man was arrested for DWI.



Police were called to the 5800 block of Blaine Avenue the morning of June 19 for a robbery in progress; they arrested two young men.


Stolen cell phone

Someone stole a cell phone the morning of June 17 from the 3600 block of Conroy Court. The phone was tracked via an app to an area of St. Paul, but a search did not turn it up.


Police reports out of South St. Paul were not available this week.


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