Crime Reports

Editor’s note: Alleged crimes against persons (assault, rape, murder, etc.) will feature the + symbol. Note, this compilation of crime reports provides highlights of area criminal activity. It’s not intended to be a comprehensive overview of Southwest crime.

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3453 Nicollet Ave. S.
Jan 20, 2013 , 2:45 a.m.
Andrew C. Severson, 25, of Rosemount, was cited for trespassing after an incident in the Super America parking lot in which Severson, apparently inebriated, hurled racial insults at a cab driver and refused to pay the man. An officer witnessed Severson ransacking the taxicab, looking for a lost glove. Severson, according to police, told the driver to learn how to speak English and to go back to his own country. The cab driver told the officer he just wanted Severson out of his vehicle and no longer wanted to collect his fare. Severson told the officer that his uncle is a sergeant in the Bloomington Police Department and demanded a ride home from the officer. The officer declined, and Severson threatened to file a complaint and said he had good lawyers. The officer gave Severson his badge number. Severson went into the gas station and made telephone calls seeking a ride. Then, he began offering customers $100 for a ride home. He found a willing driver, but before he left Severson began looking into the officer’s car and causing a scene in the parking lot. That’s when Severson was asked to leave. He refused, and the officer cited Severson for trespassing. He’s not allowed at any Super Americas for a year. Severson told the officer he has “blue blood” in him and that the officer wasn’t living up to the code of conduct.
1104 Lagoon Ave.
Jan 19, 2013 , 4 p.m.
Christopher P. Marose, 32, of Minneapolis, was cited for theft after Rainbow Foods staff caught him trying to leave the store without paying for $86 worth of items. When a loss prevention staff member tried to stop Marose, Marose ripped the man’s fleece jacket.
2001 Nicollet Ave. S.
Jan 19, 2013 , 1:10 p.m.
A 22-year-old woman was shopping at CVS pharmacy when a suspect took her purse from her cart and left the store. The incident was caught on store surveillance.
2500 block of Lyndale Avenue South
Jan 18, 2013 , Noon
A woman was opening her vehicle door when a dark blue van struck the door and took off without stopping.
2800 block of James Avenue South
Jan 18, 2013 , 7:30 a.m. to noon
While two men were away from their apartment at work, someone broke in via their back kitchen door and stole unlisted item(s).
2800 block of James Avenue South
Jan 18, 2013 , All day and into Jan. 19
A 31-year-old man parked his vehicle on the street and left it there for a day. During that time, an unknown suspect tried to steal the car, but was unable to finish the job. The car stereo was removed.
2800 block of Grand Avenue South
Jan 16, 2013 , 5:20 p.m.
A 28-year-old woman was approached from behind by a suspect who took her purse and lunch bag. She fought with him, and when the suspect started running away, three witnesses chased him. The suspect dropped the purse and the woman recovered it.
1805 W. Lake St.
Jan 16, 2013 , 11:30 p.m.
In what police say is a string of burglaries done by perhaps the same person at the same condo building, a suspect went into an underground garage and stole a man’s bicycle.
3900 block of Grand Avenue South
Jan 14, 2013 ,
Two suspects asked a 78-year-old man if they could come into his home to use a phone book. While inside, they stole unlisted items.
3600 block of Lyndale Avenue South
Jan 03, 2013 ,
A 25-year-old woman sad her ex-boyfriend stole a piece of jewelry from her apartment.
2400 block of 22nd St. W.
Dec 23, 2012 , 9:15 a.m.
An unknown suspect gained entry into a garage via an unlocked vehicle’s garage door opener. Once inside, the suspect took $10 in coins from a vehicle.
5700 block of Nicollet Ave. S.
Dec 22, 2012 , 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
An unknown suspect kicked in the back door of a home and took a woman’s Christmas gifts and her TV.
3450 Irving Ave. S.
Dec 22, 2012 , 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
At a 15-year-old’s birthday party inside St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, someone stole $1,000 worth of gifts and cards.
3104 W. Lake St.
Dec 22, 2012 , overnight
Someone stole wrapped Christmas gifts from a car parked in the Calhoun Loop building’s garage.
801 W. Lake St.
Dec 21, 2012 , 1 a.m.
A man ate $20 worth of food while inside of a Super America. He left without paying.
3500 block of Girard Ave. S.
Dec 21, 2012 , overnight
An unknown suspect entered a woman’s garage, went into her vehicle and stole a pair of sunglasses, a Bob Dylan CD and an iPod cord.
2200 block Colfax Ave. S.
Dec 21, 2012 , 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Someone gained entry into a business and damaged coin boxes on two washing machines.
3104 W. Lake St.
Dec 21, 2012 , overnight
Someone stole a vehicle from the Loop Calhoun building’s garage. The suspect also pried open a storage unit, but nothing was reported missing.
5100 block of Xerxes Ave. S.
Dec 21, 2012 , 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Someone tried to steal a bicycle from an unlocked garage, but the bicycle was chained to the garage’s rafters.
2800 block of Pleasant Ave. S.
Dec 21, 2012 , 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
An unknown suspect entered an apartment building and stole a laptop computer.
726 Vineland Place
Dec 20, 2012 , 6:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
David Jerel Allen Jr., 40, of Minneapolis, was arrested for damage to property. Police allege that Allen stole part of a sculpture from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, likely for scrap metal value.
Irving Avenue and Lake Street
Dec 20, 2012 , 3:30 p.m.
A 36-year-old St. Louis Park man was driving west on Lake Street when he was flagged down by a suspect at 5th Avenue. The suspect asked for a ride to the Irving Avenue intersection, and he also asked for cigarette money. When the two arrived at Irving Avenue, the driver got out of his vehicle to urinate. While he was doing so, the suspect drove off with his car.
1715 W. Lake. St.
Dec 20, 2012 , overnight
Someone pushed in an air conditioning unit in order to gain entry into Cal Surf. Once inside, the suspect took $380 in cash and coins.
4200 block of Washburn Ave. S.
Dec 20, 2012 , overnight
A woman left her garage door open. Someone came inside overnight and took loose change from her vehicle.
100 block of 31st St. W.
Dec 20, 2012 , midnight
A 29-year-old man left his vehicle running and went back inside to wait for his vehicle to warm up. While he was inside for a minute, the vehicle was stolen. The man who lost his vehicle was cited for failure to lock his ignition and remove his key.