South-West Review police reports published September 16, 2019

Inver Grove Heights

Flying objects
A woman called police Sept. 4 to report that sometime overnight someone smashed a bottle in the cul-de-sac outside her home. Part of the bottle hit the top of her vehicle, causing damage.

Warrant arrest
A 21-year-old man was arrested Sept. 4 for an outstanding warrant after being pulled over in the 1300 block of Mendota Road.

Drugs and drink
On Sept. 5, officers pulled over a 27-year-old man in the area of Diffley and Dodd roads. He was arrested for DWI and for possession of fifth-degree controlled substance.

Officers were called to deal with an intoxicated man Sept. 6 in the 9000 block of Broderick Boulevard – he couldn’t care for himself was taken to Ramsey County detox.

A man was taken to the hospital Sept. 8 after police were called to Walmart for an intoxicated man.

That’s not you
On Sept. 6, officers conducted a traffic stop near Carmen Avenue and Claude Way. A 39-year-old woman was arrested for giving false information and an outstanding warrant.

Break it up
Two men were cited for disorderly conduct Sept. 7 after officers were called to a disturbance in the 1400 block of Upper 55th Street.

Mendota Heights

Vroom, vroom
On Aug. 31, an officer was alerted to possible street racing by a neighboring police department on westbound Interstate 494 from Concord Street. The officer was at 494 and Dodd Road and saw two vehicles racing. Both drivers were pulled over and arrested. One of the drivers was a juvenile and released to their parent. Both drivers were issued citations for misdemeanor street racing.

An officer pulled a vehicle over after it made an illegal left turn Aug. 31 onto Pilot Knob Road from Northland Drive. While speaking with the driver, the officer could smell alcohol on the driver’s breath. The driver was arrested for DWI.

On Sept. 1, a vehicle was pulled over for speeding on Dodd Road near Delaware Avenue. The driver performed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI.

An officer found a vehicle stopped in the middle of the intersection of Highway 55 and Mendota Heights Road Sept. 2. The officer could smell alcohol from inside the vehicle and saw an open alcohol container in the center consol. The driver was arrested for DWI.

Got a runner
An officer saw a vehicle in a park after hours Sept. 1 in the 500 block of Mendota Heights Road. When the officer tried to pull the driver over, they took off. The officer followed the vehicle before discontinuing — a nearby agency took up the chase. The vehicle eventually stopped and the driver fled on foot. The driver was eventually taken into custody by the assisting agency, turned over to Mendota Heights police and taken to Dakota County Jail.

While on routine patrol Sept. 3 in the 700 block of Havenview Court, an officer found a stolen vehicle, which was made apparent by incorrect license plates.

Smash and grab
Officers responded to the 1700 block of Douglas Court for a reported theft from a vehicle Sept. 5. The woman who called police said her passenger side window had been broken and her purse was stolen. 


Reports out of South St. Paul were unavailable this week.


West St. Paul

Go somewhere else
A call came in Sept. 5 from the 1600 block of Charlton Street about a neighbor possibly smoking pot, and the smell was coming into another unit. When an officer got there, he made contact with a man at the unit in question. The officer could immediately smell burnt marijuana and the man who lived there admitted to smoking some. He was told he was disturbing other neighbors.

Just a door
A man was walking through a parking lot in the 1100 block of Robert Street Sept. 6 carrying a car door. The caller thought it was might have been taken from a body shop nearby. An officer spoke with the man who said he found it in a dumpster at Hometown Tire. The officer spoke with someone at the shop and they said they weren’t missing a door.

What was that all about?
A woman called police Sept. 6 from the 1700 block of Robert Street after a woman stepped in front of her car in the drive-thru and started yelling at her. 

Stopped scam
An elderly man was trying to buy $2,000 worth of gift cards Sept. 6 from the 1400 block of Robert Street. He had gotten a phone call advising him he owed money and to pay it back with prepaid gift cards. He was stopped from doing so by CVS employees. The man was advised to speak with his bank as he does online banking and to have his computer looked at to see if the hackers did anything. Police gave the man a ride home and when they were dropping him off, the scammer called again. Police answered the phone, but the caller hung up once the officer told the caller they were speaking to police.

Stolen shoes
An employee of a business in the 1800 block of Robert Street called police Sept. 8 because they saw a woman select two pairs of shoes, put something in her bag then walk out of the store. The employee thought the woman put the shoes in her bag.

Bad neighbors
A woman wanted to speak with an officer about her “gangster neighbors” Sept. 8 in the 400 block of Arion Street. She said she was concerned with all the vehicles around and being worked on and thought the neighbors were breaking some city codes. She also had concerns about speeding on her street. The caller was given information for a city code employee and the officer said they would do extra patrols to deal with speeding. 

That’s not a dog
A caller reported Sept. 9 that a fox had been hanging out in the neighborhood near Kathleen Drive for the past few weeks at that it had been chased by a dog. An officer told the man who called to call the police when the fox was out so they could try catch it.

A woman called police Sept. 10 to report she had been defrauded out of $34,000.

Keep it up
An officer checked out a complaint Sept. 10 form a park in the 1000 block of Gorman Avenue about a group of kids trying to tear down equipment. The caller said the group, made up of around six teens, was jumping and pounding on the equipment. When the officer checked it out, it turned out the kids were just playing a game and the officer told them to keep having fun.

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