South-West Review police reports published August 5th, 2019

Inver Grove Heights


A 27-year-old man was arrested for felony theft and jailed at Dakota County Jail July 24 after a call came in about theft from the 1300 block of Mendota Road.


Warrant arrest

On July 26, officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Concord Boulevard and 66th Street. A 33-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding warrant, and a 37-year-old man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.  


A 20-year-old man was arrested for an active warrant July 26 in the 5400 block of Babcock Trail.


Officers were dispatched to the 3600 block of 84th Street for a tent in the woods in a park, and a man was arrested on a warrant.


Need to stop

On July 27, an officer assigned to a traffic safety group in Rosemount conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of 150th Street and Shannon Parkway. An 18-year-old woman was cited for failure to yield for an emergency vehicle.


Not old enough

Officers responded to the intersection of 75th Street and Cahill Avenue July 27 after a call came in about kids walking down the road. Two 18-year-old women were cited for consuming alcohol under 21.


Shouldn’t have that

A vehicle was stopped July 28 near the intersection of 80th Street and Cahill Avenue. The passenger of the vehicle, a 21-year-old man, confessed to having a small bag of marijuana — he was cited for the possession.


Mendota Heights

Forged check

Officers took a report of check fraud/forgery July 18. A check had been placed in an out-going mailbox at home and the owner learned it never cleared with the company. The bank, however, showed it had been cleared in another person’s name.



On July 18, an officer was dispatched to take a hit-and-run report in the 1000 block of Sibley Memorial Highway. A driver told police another driver stuck a vehicle and stop sign then left the area without stopping. The driver that was hit took a picture of the hit-and-run driver and his vehicle as he was leaving. The driver was located and arrested in a neighboring city by Minnesota State Patrol on suspicion of DWI and cited for leaving the scene of an accident.


Where’s my car?

A caller told police July 20 that they had left an unsecured vehicle in a lot in the 700 block of South Plaza way and returned a few hours later to it missing.



A traffic stop was conducted July 21 in the area of Sibley Memorial Highway and Wachtler Avenue. The woman who was driving was found to be intoxicated and placed under arrest for DWI. She was transported to Dakota County Jail to be booked.


Poor pup

Officers were dispatched to check on a loose dog and when they arrived, they found a small dog in the middle of a street. Officers were able to capture the dog, which appeared to be in poor condition, and transported it to an animal hospital for emergency evaluation. 


South St. Paul

Energy scam

On July 25, a man called police after both he and his father received phone calls from someone claiming to be with Xcel Energy. The supposed employee said if the men didn’t pay $300 immediately, their power would be shut off. The son called Xcel to check his bill and they told him it was paid up. However, his father bought a $300 gift card and gave the card information to the employee. The scammers called back demanding $1,000, which is when he called the police. 


Warrant arrest

An officer was dispatched to the 100 block of Warburton Street on the report of alleged homeless people setting up a tent in a neighbor’s yard. An officer spoke with a man and woman, and the man said he was helping the woman set up a tent at the location, which was her aunt and uncle’s house. A search of the man’s name revealed a misdemeanor warrant, which he was arrested for.


Drugs and more

An officer pulled a vehicle over in the area of 16th and Bryant avenues July 27 after seeing a large amount of smoke come out a window and because the driver was speeding. The driver denied speeding but admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle. The man had a revoked license and was unable to provide proof of insurance. A search of the vehicle turned up a glass pipe with burnt marijuana. The driver was cited for marijuana in a motor vehicle, paraphernalia, driving after revocation and no proof of insurance.


Back again

On July 28, officers responded to the 900 block of Concord Street for a fire. The caller said her neighbor had likely fallen asleep while making food, causing the food to start on fire and sending smoke billowing into her apartment. The woman who called said this was the fourth time officers and fire responded to the apartment for the same reason. This was confirmed, and the man was cited for having a negligent fire and a public nuisance.


Stolen goods

A call came in July 30 from the 200 block of 13th Avenue after the caller found items stolen from her garage. The items included a lawn mower and other power tools and the woman thought the theft could have occurred within the last two days. The frame for the service door was cracked, most likely caused by a forced entry.


Break it up

Officers were dispatched to a fight July 31. An officer spoke with a man who said he and a woman had just broken up. She got mad, pushed him and he pushed her back. She tried to hit him with a fan, but missed. The woman said he pushed her to the ground and denied any further physical contact. Both parties agreed to stay separated for the rest of the night. 


West St. Paul

Tech thief

A loss prevention employee of a business in the 1400 block of Robert Street called police July 24 to report a man inside the store who was concealing items like a wireless charger and a doorbell camera. The caller said they were able to get all the merchandise back and wanted the man charged with trespassing if found.



There was a number of vehicle break-ins reported July 24. In some cases, items were stolen. Police recommend not keeping valuables in vehicles and locking the doors. 


Stolen phone

A woman was charging her phone July 25 at the library on Wentworth Avenue and someone stole it. The librarian informed the responding officer she would contact them when the branch manager was able to get video footage.


Mystery powder

On July 26, a woman called police to report white stuff on the floor of a garage on Logan Avenue. She also said the mirrors on her vehicle were messed with. It turned out to be either salt or sugar and tire tracks on it indicated a vehicle drove over it. An officer checked the woman’s vehicle and found no signs of tampering or property damage.


Talking it out

A woman called police July 27 to report she allegedly had video of a neighbor attempting to poison her dog in the 1300 block of Marthaler Lane. An officer spoke with the woman who said she believed her neighbor was poisoning her dog. She put up cameras and found her neighbor was throwing small objects over the fence. The woman later spoke with her neighbor, who said she was only throwing Cheerios. The woman told police she and the neighbor worked out their issued and no longer needed police assistance.


Maybe not

Two juveniles were shooting at a TV left by a dumpster on Mendota Road July 27 with what looked like a BB gun from a nearby picnic table. An officer spoke with the grandfather of one of the kids and told him that city ordinances prohibited the activity. The kids were cooperative and said they’d stop.


Made a mistake

A group of kids on Sperl Street were running into traffic and shooting cars with Nerf guns July 27. The parents had already caught them doing this by the time an officer arrived and had taken away all the Nerf guns as punishment. The parents said they would be ensuring the kids would not be causing any more trouble with the Nerf guns.


Wire the money

A man called police July 28 to report he had been on an online porn website and some popups said he had to pay money or his ID would be compromised. He gave no info but wanted to speak with an officer about it. The man also got a message from the FBI wanting him to wire $500. An officer advised the man the FBI would not ask for wired money and he may have a virus on his computer.


Those dang teens

On July 29, police got a call about a possible fight in a unit below the callers. The caller heard loud talking and banging noises for about an hour that seemed to get more intense. It turned out to be three teenage boys hanging out who were advised to keep the noise down.



A bartender of a business in the 1200 block of Robert Street called police July 30 to report four people who were fighting. 



Las Vegas police called the West St. Paul Department July 30 because they were looking for a fugitive who may have been near a country club in the area.


Window rattling

An officer July 30 was in the area of Robert Street and Wentworth Avenue when he heard a loud car stereo/bass. The bass was so loud he reported the windows on his squad car were shaking. When the officer activated their lights, the music on the car went off. The officer saw the entire back of the vehicle was filled with two large bass speakers. The driver was cited for a loud stereo.


Huff and puff

A man was huffing aerosol cans in a bathroom of a store in the 1600 block of Robert Street July 30. This was the second time that day he had been huffing in the store. He was given another citation and sent to a nearby hospital.



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