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.

CARAG

Sept. 6; 8 p.m.–Sept. 7, 5:53 a.m.; 3400 block of Dupont Avenue South

A vehicle stolen overnight from the above location was taken to 2512 Humboldt Ave. S. and torched. The car was locked and the victim had the vehicle’s only set of keys.

Windom

+ Sept. 6, 9–10 p.m., Blaisdell Avenue & Diamond Lake Road

A 20-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint with a black handgun, and lost his wallet and red cell phone.

Kingfield

Sept. 3, 7–9 a.m., 3800 block of Blaisdell Avenue South

Someone pried open a resident’s side garage door and stole two chainsaws. The resident works for Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, and later that morning he found out that a fellow employee had purchased one of his chainsaws for $20 from the suspect, who approached him at another location on a bike and was carrying a bag. The man recovered the saw from the employee.

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Sept. 6, 10 p.m.–Sept. 7, 7:38 a.m., 5 block of East 38th Street

The glass on the front door of a business was shattered, and the owner told police that cell phones, clothing and watches were taken. The business had been open for about two-and-a-half weeks at the time of the incident.

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Sept. 6, 1–2 p.m., 4300 block of Garfield Avenue South

While a resident was working in his backyard, an unknown suspect entered his house through the open front door and took items. Neighbors did not notice anything unusual that day, and the resident only noticed items missing at a later date.

Lowry Hill East

Sept. 4, 4:20–5:20 p.m., 2500 block of Emerson Avenue South

A resident kept the keys to his vehicle locked in the common area apartment mailbox. A suspect pried open the box, located the vehicle outside, and stole the vehicle.

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Sept. 7, 1–8:30 a.m., 900 block of West Lake Street

An unknown suspect broke out the window of a storefront and took two pairs of men’s military boots on display.

Lowry Hill

+ Sept. 5, 3:35–3:40 a.m., 1900 block of Hennepin Avenue

An unknown number of suspects broke into an apartment and tied up the hands and feet of a man and woman, both age 28. The suspects stole items from the apartment, and the victims were not harmed during the incident.

Tangletown

Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m., 100 block of West Elmwood Place

A suspect took approximately $600 in cash and five bottles of wine from a business. The owner said she recently hired the suspect on as a new employee.

Lyndale

Sept. 7, 9 p.m.–Sept. 8, 6:30 a.m., West 32nd Street & Pillsbury Avenue South

A man locked his bike to a tree. He later found the lock sliced and his bike missing, with a used children’s bike left in its place.

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Sept. 4, 3:22–3:30 p.m., 5 block of West Lake Street

A patient at a medical clinic left her purse unattended in the lobby area, and the purse was later found empty. A 47-year-old woman was cited for the theft and released, and officers recovered the victim’s money.

Whittier

+ Sept. 6, 3:36–5:15 a.m., 2200 block of Pillsbury Avenue South

A 25-year-old woman pulled a fire alarm after she was assaulted. She was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center for a broken ankle.

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 + Sept. 8, 10 p.m.–11:58 p.m., East 27th Street & Stevens Avenue South

A 34-year-old man was walking two women home from a bar when a man tackled him to the ground near the above location and demanded his wallet. The man fought with the suspect for a moment, and the suspect was able to take his wallet and cell phone.

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+ Sept. 5, 8:40 p.m.,  30 block of West Lake Street

A suspect took a 52-year-old woman’s purse with force.

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Sept. 6, 10:16–10:20 a.m., 2600 block of Clinton Avenue South

Officers dispatched to a residential burglary alarm arrived to find that the front interior doorframe was splintered and had pry marks. Several doors were open, and it appeared that at least two second-floor bedrooms had been rummaged through. It is unknown if anything is missing. A neighbor saw a suspect at the front door of the above address walk southbound from the scene, and said the suspect didn’t appear to be carrying anything.

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Sept. 5, 2:46–3 a.m., East 28th Street & Nicollet Avenue South

A 27-year-old man was booked into Hennepin County Jail for a narcotics charge and obstruction with force. A 28-year-old woman was tagged in lieu of arrest, and she was charged with driving after a license suspension. Both of their vehicles were towed to the Minneapolis Impound Lot.

Armatage

Sept. 7, 12:37 a.m., 5600 block of Xerxes Avenue South    

Suspects fled on foot from a burglary. An Edina Police Department canine attempted to track the suspects.

East Isles

Sept. 3, 3:30–Sept. 4, 12 a.m., 1400 block of West Lake Street

A 67-year-old woman told police a suspect approached her in a store’s household department and asked her for advice concerning a product. The woman said the suspect might have taken her billfold; she realized it was missing when she went up to the counter.

5th precinct crime-prevention contacts

Sector 1 (Cedar Isles Dean, Kenwood, Lowry Hill East, Lowry Hill, East Isles, Whittier, Steven’s Square and Loring Park):
Lt. Amelia Huffman: 612-673-2334
Crime Prevention Specialist Chelsea Adams: 612-673-2815

Sector 2
(West Calhoun, Linden Hills, East Calhoun, CARAG, East Harriet, Lyndale and Kingfield):
Lt. Marie Przynski:
612-673-5595
Crime Prevention Specialist Tom Thompson:
612-673-2823

Sector 3 (Fulton, Lynnhurst, Tangletown, Armatage, Kenny and Windom):
Lt. Chris Hildreth:
612-673-2755
Crime Prevention Specialist Sarah Mahmud: 612-673-2819

Crime reports

Southwest Journal crime reports include major crimes in our area. We do not include common larcenies such as thefts from motor vehicles and crimes against businesses. We only report suspects’ race or ethnicity when the police reports mention it. Not all suspect information is made available to the public.

In general, domestic incidents are not reported, to protect the victim. However, we include the number of domestic assaults reported during the period.

Crime reports are compiled from Minneaplis police reports and are edited for length; there may be other incidents from your neighborhood. The police do not always file reports in time for inclusion in the Journal.

For more, see  www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/. Crime information there may be more comprehensive but less timely.

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.

Whittier
Aug. 25, 9:20 p.m.,
2300 block of Clinton Ave. S.
A 61-year-old man heard a car window shatter and saw two men breaking into his vehicle. He said he scared the suspects away, and they ran across the nearby footbridge. The victim said this was the second time his vehicle had been broken into.

Aug. 25, 10–10:45 p.m.,
8 E. 26th St.
A restaurant manager told police that a very polite customer ran up a $79 food and alcohol bill. The customer asked for more coffee, grabbed the check as well as money from the table next to his, and exited without paying.

+ Aug. 25, 1:17–1:30 a.m., 2700 block of 3rd Ave. S.
A 32-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint and lost his wallet, cell phone, keys, and $16 in cash.

Tangletown
Aug. 25, 12 a.m.–Aug. 26, 12 a.m., 300 block of W. Elmwood Pl.
An ornamental gate was stolen while residents were sleeping. The screws were removed with a drill and all attachments and gate latches were taken.

CARAG
Aug. 23, 10:47 p.m.,
3000 block of Lyndale Ave. S.
A 22-year-old woman was dancing in a bar and left her purse on the table. When she returned, the purse was missing. A 33-year-old man was later arrested with the victim’s cell phone.
Linden Hills

+ Aug. 22, 12:01 a.m.–11:59 p.m., 4100 block of York Ave. S.
Suspects entered a garage using a garage door opener that was in an unlocked vehicle in the driveway. They stole $1.50 in change and a pink razor kids scooter valued at $30.

Aug. 19, 10 a.m.–Aug. 21, 7:31 p.m., 4000 block of Vincent Ave. S.
A green canoe was reported stolen from the canoe rack adjacent to the bandshell. The three-quarter-inch padlock was cut.

Stevens Square
+ Aug. 24, 8 p.m.–Aug. 25, 4:50 a.m., 1900 block of
Lyndale Ave. S.
An unknown suspect apparently broke a car window and stole the vehicle between the listed times.

Aug. 20, 8:30 a.m.–9:15 p.m., 1800 block of 1st Ave. S.
A woman told police that when she came home from work, her mailbox had been opened and her mail was missing. Five other boxes had also been opened.
Kingfield

+ Aug. 21, 10 p.m.,
40th Street and Grand Ave. S.
A 44-year-old man told police he was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect demanded his cash and cell phone and stole his wallet.

Lowry Hill East
+ Aug. 25, 7 a.m.–7 p.m., 2100 block of Colfax Ave. S.
Unknown suspects broke into an apartment through the unsecured back window on the first floor.
Lyndale

+ Aug. 23, 3:39 a.m.,
3200 block of Grand Ave. S.
A 27-year-old man was forced off his bike and assaulted by three unknown suspects who demanded money he did not have. The victim lost his glasses immediately, and was unable to describe the suspects other than to say that one of them was a white male.

Aug. 19, 10:15 p.m.–Aug. 20, 8:15 a.m., 3300 block of
1st Ave. S.
Someone forced a window open by breaking the frame and removing the wire mesh. The suspect then broke out the window and removed one inner metal bar by unscrewing and removing it, and squeezed through the 12-inch space between the other metal bars to get into the garage. Officers dusted the glass pieces for latent prints and found none.

Aug. 20, 1–4 a.m.,
3500 block of 1st Ave. S.
Burglars apparently entered a home through a ground-level window by removing a mounted air conditioner and using an outdoor furniture chair. Missing items included the air conditioning unit, a bicycle, and a wallet from a pants pocket.

Aug. 24, 4 a.m.–6 p.m., 3100 block of Pillsbury Ave. S.
An unknown suspect took a security monitor from the lobby of an apartment building. The theft may have been captured on surveillance video.

+ Aug. 25, 9:40 p.m.,
3000 block of Grand Ave. S.
A 29-year-old man said six unknown men assaulted him and robbed him of his backpack. The suspects fled the area on foot.

+ Aug. 21, 10:59 p.m.–Aug. 22, 12 a.m., 100 block of
E. Lake St.
A man and woman ages 36 and 37 said a juvenile male robbed them at gunpoint. The suspect was arrested and booked at Hennepin County Jail.

+ Aug. 23, 12:05 a.m.,
West 32nd Street & Nicollet Avenue South
Two suspects pointed a gun at a 19-year-old woman and demanded property from her and another victim.

+ Aug. 24, 10:44 p.m.,
West 32nd Street & Pillsbury Avenue South
A woman said she was entering her vehicle when an unknown man pushed her against her vehicle and took her purse and ran away. While speaking with the officer, she pointed out a 32-year-old man who matched the description of the person that had just robbed her. When officers made contact with the man, he said he was at his apartment at the time of the incident. He gave permission for police to search his apartment, and officers did not find any of the victim’s belongings.

5th precinct crime-prevention contacts

Sector 1 (Cedar Isles Dean, Kenwood, Lowry Hill East, Lowry Hill, East Isles, Whittier, Steven’s Square and Loring Park):
Lt. Amelia Huffman: 612-673-2334
Crime Prevention Specialist Chelsea Adams: 612-673-2815

Sector 2 (West Calhoun, Linden Hills, East Calhoun, CARAG, East Harriet, Lyndale and Kingfield):
Lt. Marie Przynski:
612-673-5595
Crime Prevention Specialist Tom Thompson:
612-673-2823

Sector 3
(Fulton, Lynnhurst, Tangletown, Armatage, Kenny
and Windom):
Lt. Chris Hildreth:
612-673-2755
Crime Prevention Specialist Sarah Mahmud: 612-673-2819