South-West Review police reports published July 29th, 2019

Inver Grove Heights

Dump and run

A man driving a black truck dumped some furniture illegally in the 7000 block of Concord Boulevard July 14. 



Officers were called to the 7800 block of Cahill Avenue July 16 for a shoplifter. One man was cited for misdemeanor theft.



A 40-year-old man was arrested for DUI after being pulled over in the 7800 block of Amana Trail July 16.


Warrant arrest

On July 17, officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Upper 55th Street and Highway 52, which led to the arrest of an 18-year-old man for an active warrant.


That’s not you

Officers responded to the 7500 block of Concord Boulevard July 17 for a welfare check, and a 47-year-old woman was arrested for an outstanding warrant and providing false information to police.



On July 19, a 60-year-old man lost his wallet and fraudulent charges were made on one of his bank cards.


Two for one

Officers pulled a vehicle over in the area of South Street and Elrose Court in South St. Paul July 19. A 35-year-old man was arrested for false information and a warrant, and a 25-year-old man was arrested for fifth-degree controlled substance.


Possible creep

On July 20, a juvenile female was contacted by an unknown man regarding a possible dog walking job. The man offered to come pick up the juvenile for the job. The messages were deleted, but the reporting party was going to try to obtain the phone number and name of the man for police to contact him.



Mendota Heights


On July 12, an officer pulled a vehicle over near the intersection of Interstate 35E and Shepard Road. The man driving showed signs of impairment and was placed under arrested. The driver refused to take a breath test and was transported to jail.


Officers were dispatched to a suspicious activity call July 14 in the 500 block of Kirchner Avenue. The reporting party said two men got out of their vehicle and were acting suspicious. The men then got back into the vehicle and drove away. An officer found the vehicle, which failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign. The vehicle was stopped, and the driver was later determined to be intoxicated and was arrested for DWI.


Forged check

A call came in July 12 from someone reporting stolen mail in the 1000 block of James Road. A check, issued to the caller, had been stolen, altered, and cashed by someone else. A similar reported was taken in the same neighborhood at the same time.


Not allowed

An officer on routine patrol in the area of Highway 62 and Charlton Road July 13 pulled a car over for a traffic violation. The officer could smell burnt marijuana from the vehicle and found a small amount of it when searching the vehicle.



A hit-and-run was reported July 13 in the 2000 block of Dodd Road. The reporting party said a vehicle hit a parked vehicle in a lot and drove off. The reporting party was able to get a license plate number.



An officer came across a vehicle stopped in the middle of the intersection of Dodd Road and Decorah Lane July 14. The officer followed the vehicle to Dodd and Creek Avenue where the vehicle was stopped, searched and the driver arrested for possession of controlled substances. The case was forwarded to the Dakota County Drug Task Force.



A call came in July 14 from the 600 block of Callahan Place about a burglary that had just occurred. A witness described the burglar and vehicle, and an officer found the thief who was placed under arrest. The stolen property was recovered and returned to the owner.



There were several calls regarding vandalism that came in July 14 from various neighborhoods including slashed tires and torn up grass.


Interesting find

Officers responded to a report July 17 from the 1000 block of Sibley Memorial Highway. A company that had been drilling core samples had found bone fragments 35-feet below the ground and they were uncertain if they were human or not. The fragments were turned over to a state archaeologist for examination and the Minnesota Council of Indian Affairs was notified.


South St. Paul

Warrant arrest

On July 17, an officer located a suspicious vehicle that was parked and running underneath the Wakota Bridge. The officer saw both a driver and passenger sleeping. The man in the driver seat identified both himself and the woman who was his passenger. A search of her name revealed she had a felony warrant, which she was arrested for.


Wayward shots

A man called police July 17 with concerns he had about shotgun pellets striking trees near a regional bike path near the local gun club. He told police he had been walking on the path the week before when he heard trees being hit with shotgun pellets over his head. The man later recorded trees being stuck with pellets. The case report mentioned the cities of South St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights have raised similar concerns.


Scooter meets squad

An officer parked his squad in the department’s park lot July 17 and saw a man in a motorized scooter traveling northbound in the lot. When the officer went to exit his squad, he said he looked and didn’t see anyone so opened the door. As he opened the door, the man on the scooter collided with the driver’s side door of the squad. The scooter driver was cleared by medics.


Stolen bag

On July 20, a woman called police from Kaposia Landing to report her vehicle had been broken into and her bag containing her iPhone, Apple Watch, debit cards, check cards, $60 cash and miscellaneous baby items was stolen. She told police she had seen a man walking in the opposite direction from her towards the parking lot and a short time later she went back to her vehicle and noticed her windows were broken. Fraudulent charges had been made on her cards by the time she went to cancel them.


Disturbance to arrest

Officers responded to a disturbance call July 20. The woman who called wanted her son removed from her home. The officers found that the son had an active misdemeanor warrant and placed him under arrest.



On July 21, an officer responded to Kaposia Landing for a call about graffiti on a picnic table and gazebo in the dog park area. It is unknown when the vandalism occurred.


Shouldn’t be driving

Officers pulled a vehicle over in the 600 block of Concord Street July 21 for traffic violations. An officer could smell alcohol from the vehicle while talking with the men. The passenger said the other man was driving, who denied it, but the officer has seen him drive. The man in the driver’s seat, who had an active warrant, failed field sobriety tests – be blew a .22 — and a search of him revealed a baggie that tested positive for methamphetamine. 


West St. Paul

Again, lock the door

A woman reported that her vehicle parked in the 200 block of Curtice Street was stolen July 19. She said the doors were unlocked and there may have been a spare key inside the vehicle.


Shady work

On July 19, a woman came into the police department to make a fraud report. She said she was out $900 after hiring a man to work on her house. She paid him for the material for fencing, cement work and to power wash her house. However, she said he didn’t do a good job of power washing and did not complete the jobs she paid for. Police advised her this was a civil issue and gave her information on what steps to take.


Not welcome

A store manager for a business in the 1800 block of Robert Street called police July 20 to report a man who had been stealing food earlier the evening and been harassing employees. Police spoke with the man and told him was not welcomed back in the store due to theft and treatment of the employees. He agreed to not go inside the store and was trying to find someone to jumpstart his vehicle so he could leave.



A group of kids were trying to start things on fire July 22. The caller said the kids were recently lighting off fireworks, but when the officer arrived, he was unable to find the children.


Theft from care

A woman called police July 23 to report that her car had been broken into overnight as it was parked in the 100 block of Stanley Street. The woman said the apron from her restaurant was stolen, which contained roughly $300 in cash — the apron was found nearby.


Friend lied

On July 24 in the 1000 block of Oakdale Avenue an officer pulled over some people for driving their ATVs on the road. The people said they were from out-of-state working in the area and had been told by friends they could drive ATVs on the road. The officer followed them back to Thompson Avenue and told them this would be the one and only warning — if they were caught in the future they would be cited and towed.


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