South-West Review police reports published September 23, 2019

Inver Grove Heights


A 42-year-old woman called police Sept. 13 to report that sometime between Sept. 4 and 5, there were $20 worth of fraudulent transactions on her bank account.



On Sept. 12, officers were dispatched to the 7300 block of Clayton Avenue for a disturbance where a firearm may have been discharged. As an officer arrived, they saw a vehicle leaving the area. The vehicle was stopped and the man driving was determined to be leaving from the address of the disturbance. He showed signs of impairment and was arrested for DWI.


Officers were dispatched to the 6600 block of River Road Sept. 18 for a complaint of an impaired driver leaving an establishment. A vehicle was located and stopped, and the 21-year-old driver was arrested for third-degree DWI.



Two men were arrested Sept. 12 at the intersection of 50th Street and Babcock Avenue after police were called to the area for a suspicious vehicle.


On Sept. 13, a 29-year-old woman, 25-year-old woman and 41-year-old man were arrested for an incident in the 7400 block of Dickman Trail.


Missing change

On Sept. 13, someone entered a house in the 1700 block of Atwater Path through an unlocked window and stole some change off a dresser. The burglars went through the house looking for other items before fleeing out a door. There were other attempted burglaries on Atwater Path Sept. 14.



Officers were dispatched to the 7800 block of Amana Trail Sept. 14 for a theft report – a man and woman, both 22 years old, were cited for misdemeanor theft.


Warrant arrest

On Sept. 17, officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Upper 55th Street and northbound Highway 52, and a 19-year-old man was arrested on two outstanding warrants.


Mendota Heights

Lots of DWIs

A Mendota Heights officer on a DWI enforcement detail in Inver Grove Heights Sept. 7 pulled a vehicle over for speeding in the 5900 block of Concord Boulevard. While speaking with the driver, the officer could smell alcohol on their breath. The driver admitted to drinking before driving and performed a field sobriety test – they were arrested for fourth-degree DWI.


On Sept. 7, officers saw a vehicle hit a curb and drive partially on the shoulder in the 800 block of Highway 13. The vehicle was pulled over, and the driver showed signs of impairment. Officers determined the driver was too impaired to drive, so they were arrested for DWI.


Two other drivers were arrested Sept. 7 for driving while intoxicated – one in the 800 block of Highway 13 and another at the intersection of Mendota Heights Road and Park Lane.



Officers got a call Sept. 7 about suspicious activity near Highway 62 and Dodd Road. The caller said they were on the walking path that goes underneath the highway that connects South Plaza Way to the Mendota Village when they saw three men that appeared to be spray painting the walls. The area was searched but the men were not found – MnDOT was advised of the spray paint.


That’s odd

On Sept. 8, a call came in about a vehicle trunk lid with the license plate attached on the side of the road in the 600 block of Highway 13 covered with a blanket. A check of the plate revealed it to be from a stolen vehicle. The owner picked up the trunk, and the license plate was destroyed. 


Warrant arrest

An officer on routine patrol in the area of Highway 62 and Lexington Avenue Sept. 11 noticed a vehicle with an equipment violation. The officer pulled the vehicle over, and the driver provided false information. Officers identified the man and found he had warrants – he was arrested for them and taken to Dakota County Jail.


South St. Paul

Shouldn’t run away

On Sept. 12, an officer on patrol in the area of Concord Street and Bircher Avenue attempted to pull a vehicle over for an equipment violation, but the vehicle sped away. The vehicle came to a stop after hitting a curb, but the driver tried to flee on foot. He fell and was taken into custody. Officers found a glass pipe with residue that later tested positive for traces of methamphetamine. 


Warrant arrest

A man was arrested after calling police Sept. 13 in the 1600 block of Concord Street while trying to retrieve property. A check of the man’s name showed he had an active warrant. When he arrived at the residence, he was advised of his warrant and arrested.


Found vehicle

An officer found a disabled white Honda Accord Sept. 13 near the area of 19th and Conver avenues while on patrol. A check of the vehicle showed it was stolen out of West St. Paul. It was unoccupied, unlocked and without keys. A West St. Paul officer brought the owner to the vehicle.


Stolen tools

A woman called police Sept. 13 to report that between Sept. 9 and 11, someone stole items from her garage in the 200 block of 13th Avenue. She said she’d gone into her garage sometime that afternoon and saw the garage door was open and several power tools, including a table saw, were taken. The service door to the garage was unlocked, and there were no signs of forced entry.


Calm down

Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Fifth Avenue Sept. 14 because of an argument between neighbors. The woman who called told police that when she got home and was walking to her house, her neighbor started to yell and harass her. Her boyfriend told him to stop yelling at them, and the neighbor challenged them to a fight. The woman said the neighbor had done this many times. An officer spoke with the neighbor, who was clearly intoxicated, and said the woman and boyfriend were yelling at him. He was mailed a citation for disorderly conduct.


Haven’t learned his lesson

On Sept. 16, an officer pulled a vehicle over in the area of Seventh Avenue and Third Street after a search of its registration showed the plates were revoked due to alcohol impoundment. The driver didn’t have a license, and while the officer was talking with him, the officer could smell alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. The driver admitted to having a few drinks at a bar on his way home from work. He failed field sobriety tests and blew a .15. 


West St. Paul

Flipped the bird

A woman called police Sept. 11 from the 100 block of Emerson Avenue after she came out to her vehicle and there was a white van parked so close she had to crawl through the passenger side to get in. As she pulled out, she noticed a man in the van and the vehicle pulled out after her and followed for a couple blocks. She told police she gave him the middle finger and he drove off. She just wanted police to know in case they were looking for a suspicious white van.


Not cool

A call came in Sept. 12 from the 1900 block of Charlton Street that a vehicle passed a bus that had its lights on. The caller said the driver honked the horn for an extended period of time while passing the bus – the caller just wanted the police to know so they could check the area.


Large haul

A man took over $500 worth of merchandise from a business in the 1600 block of Robert Street Sept. 12. The man who called it in said he dropped some items in the parking lot but may have still have some on him – the man was caught and arrested for shoplifting.


Coffee achieved

On Sept. 12, a man was trying to solicit things to customers in the 1100 block of Robert Street. The man was advised the lobby was closed so he walked up to the drive-thru but the employees wouldn’t serve him. He waited in the lot for someone to drive through and offered them $1 to order his coffee as well. According to the report “coffee has been achieved and the male left with coffee in his hand.”


Something smells

A call came in Sept. 14 from an apartment complex in the 200 block of Westview Drive when a resident smelled something in the hallway that smelled like rotting trash. An officer walked the second floor and there was a general odor of trash present – he told the person who called to contact management about the issue.


White powder

A man received a suspicious package with white powder in it Sept. 16 in the 1000 block of Ottawa Avenue. He came to the department lobby where he was advised to set the bag down and wait for an officer. A search showed that the white powder was part of the package padding that got loose – the package was returned to its owner.


Letting her sleep

A call about suspicious activity came in during the early morning hours of Sept. 17 from the 1500 block of Charlton Street. An officer spoke with the suspicious man who was sitting in his vehicle. He had turned out to be a pizza delivery driver who had just gotten off work. He was watching videos on his phone so he didn’t disturb his girlfriend who was sleeping inside the apartment.


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