South-West Review police reports published July 15th, 2019

Inver Grove Heights


Officers were dispatched June 26 to the 1000 block of 70th Street West for a vehicle that had driven into a construction zone and gotten stuck. The vehicle was unoccupied, but officers found the driver nearby. The 32-year-old man was arrested for DWI.


A 26-year-old woman was arrested for DWI July 3 after officers pulled her over in the area of Highway 52 and Interstate 494.


Missing pipe

A woman reported June 26 that someone cut and stole a section of pipe leading from the engine of her car to the muffler. A neighbor reported seeing three men messing with the vehicle the night before.


Didn’t stop

Officers attempted a traffic stop in the 7000 block of Concord Boulevard June 27. The vehicle fled and a pursuit ensued. A passenger was cited for an open bottle when the vehicle finally stopped.


Warrant arrest

A 24-year-old man was arrested for an active warrant June 27 after officers were dispatched to the 6900 block of Clay Avenue for a possibly intoxicated person.


Officers made contact with a suspicious woman walking in the 6000 block of Babcock Trail June 29. The woman was arrested for outstanding warrants and charged with giving false information to a police officer.


Officers conducted a traffic stop July 4 in the area of Highway 52 and Southview Boulevard. A 32-year-old man was arrested on an active warrant.


Causing a scene

Officers were called to the 9100 block of Cahill Avenue June 28 for a disturbance and a 45-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct and theft by swindle.


Clean sweep

A loss prevention employee at Target told police July 1 that someone had stolen a vacuum cleaner. Security cameras caught the license plate of the getaway vehicle, and that, along with the driver’s license photo of the registered vehicle owner, was used to identify a suspect. The thief will be charged by formal complaint.


I’m stuck 

A delivery driver called police July 5 to report he was locked in at the Bituminous Roadways property. Officers attempted to locate a key holder’s phone number for the business and couldn’t find one. Multiple calls were made to numbers listed for the business but no one answered. Officers ended up cutting the lock on the gate so the delivery person could get out — a message was left with the business.


South St. Paul

Ex-girlfriend’s sister’s boyfriend’s vehicle

Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of 12th Avenue July 2 after getting a call about a broken window. Police met with a man who said he was on his deck when he heard glass breaking. He went to the back of his home and saw a car, which he recognized as his ex-girlfriend’s sister’s boyfriend’s vehicle, driving away. He found several objects that had been thrown at his back door, breaking the glass — some of the stuff he recognized as belonging to his ex-girlfriend. 



The woman accused of breaking the window in the entry above called police July 6 to report scratches on her car. She told police she’d seen scratches on it July 3 as it was parked in the 200 block of Fifth Avenue. She told police she believed her ex-boyfriend was responsible. When asked by police if she’d been at his residence the night his window was broken, she told them she had been and that the three items thrown were symbols of their past relationship, but didn’t know if the window had been broken or not. 


Lock the doors

A woman called police July 5 to report a stolen laptop. She said she found her work bag, which had been in her vehicle, sitting outside her house in the 200 block of 15th Avenue that morning. She said the vehicle was accidently unlocked while parked on the street overnight. The computer contained sensitive information about clients, but the computer is password protected so it’s unlikely the thief could get at the personal information. 


Warrant arrest

Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of 12th Avenue July 5 on a report of a family member who was drunk and out of control. Officers found the man on the ground; his mother had called the cops because he was going after people. She wanted him removed and police obliged — he had oustanding warrants.



A woman told police July 6 that her debit card had been swiped and more than $1,000 in unauthorized charges were made. She told police she had used the card to pay for food at a hospital while visiting her mother. An employee had taken her card to pay and later returned it. Later that day, her husband tried to use his card linked to the account and it was declined. Her bank told her that immediately after her purchase at the hospital, someone used her card to buy several rechargeable Starbucks gift cards.  


West St. Paul

Possible arsonist

A woman reported burnt paper next to a building July 1 in the 1000 block of Waterloo Avenue. She thought someone was trying to start the building on fire. An officer told her to call again if a similar incident occurs and she was also advised of steps that management could take to prevent similar incidents.



A customer was refusing to leave a business in the 1800 block of Robert Street July 2 and was accusing the staff of putting pubic hair in his coffee — he said he had a mouth full of it. The man told police he got a coffee and left the store. After leaving, he said he found pubic hair in his drink so he returned to the store to complain. This is when he got into a confrontation with the manager.


Just a couple drinks

There was a possible drunken man lying on top of a bottle of alcohol July 2 in the 1100 block of Robert Street. The caller had given the man a Gatorade and medics were en route. The man was found to be severely intoxicated, blowing a .281 blood alcohol level — he was transported to the hospital.



Someone threw fireworks on the front door of a house in the 1300 block of Christensen Avenue late July 3. The house has been egged several times in the past. 


Shut it down 

A call came July 4 from the area of Mainzer and Felix streets about fireworks going off late in the evening. An officer spoke with four residences and had them shut it down. 


I.D. please

A store clerk in the 1200 block of Robert Street called the police July 6 after a customer became aggressive. The customer, who left, was carded for cigarettes and began yelling and swearing at the clerk. The clerk wanted him trespassed if found.



A young girl on her bike was “caught” wearing her helmet July 7 and issued a free ice cream cone.



A man called police July 8 after receiving a call from someone claiming to be from Xcel Energy. The phony caller said the man’s power was going to be shut off for nonpayment, but the man called Xcel and he was told he was up to date. Police confirmed to the man it was a scam call.


Tag — you’re it

A public works employee saw a man out walking a dog tag the warming house at Emerson Park July 8. 


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