Police reports

Nicollet Ave. theft alert

Minneapolis police have issued a crime alert for the Kingfield, Tangletown and Windom neighborhoods in mid-May about a string of thefts occurring on Nicollet Avenue South.

The incidents involve a black female asking residents in homes and apartments if she can use their phone, then stealing purses, checkbooks and wallets once inside. The suspect is a black female, between the ages of 20 and 30 years old, between 5’3" to 5’7" tall.

The alert cautions residents to not let solicitors or strangers into their home, evaluate their purses and wallets once a month, report all suspicious behavior and pass this information along to neighbors, while keeping an eye out for them, too.

For more information, call Officer Jabra Kawas at 673-2867 or Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Neale at 673-2815.

Police warn of bike-trail assaults

Minneapolis police issued crime alerts in mid-May regarding assaults on the Cedar Lake bike trail, which runs through the Kenwood and Lowry Hill neighborhoods to downtown.

There have been at least two reported assaults. One occurred when a bicyclist was riding past a group of black males, approximately 12 to 17 years old. The bicyclist, riding at least 15 miles per hour, was knocked off his bike and suspects struck his head and face. The second incident occurred when a bicyclist passed a group of black and white males and a few white females, approximately 15 to 17 years old. The bicyclist was riding 18 miles per hour and was struck in the neck as he rode past, but managed to maintain balance and stay on his bike.

The alert stated that the assaults don’t appear to be occurring on park property, but the Park Police are investigating the case because they have jurisdiction over the trails. In addition, the Park Police and city police have increased area patrols.

For more information, call the Park Police at 370-4777.

Choppers try to spy SW robbers

Crime Prevention Specialist Jennifer Nesemeier of 5th Police Precinct announced that the department began utilizing State Patrol helicopters May 29 to periodically light and search the Lyndale, CARAG, Whittier and Stevens Square neighborhoods to cut down on area robberies.

Nesemeier said a community notice informing residents had been sent to cut down calls asking about the helicopters.