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.
Dec. 10, 8:35 p.m.
5400 block of Vincent Avenue South
Two male suspects pulled a 77-year-old woman from her car and stole the vehicle. The woman was confronted upon returning to her car after exiting briefly to open the garage door in her alley driveway. No weapons were used.
Dec. 11, 12:30–8 a.m.
3100 block of Dupont Avenue South
A 28-year-old man left his locked car parked in the street. Unknown suspects stole the car during the night. There was no evidence at the scene. The car had approximately $2,000 worth of hockey equipment and $3,000 worth of tools inside when stolen.
Dec. 15, 12 a.m.
5300 block of Beard Avenue South
An 86-year-old man got a phone call from a man pretending to be his grandson. The caller said he was in a car accident and needed money to give to the people he hit. The man sent a Money Gram to Montreal for $5,304. He later discovered his grandson was in Minnesota. He tried to stop the Money Gram, but someone already picked it up.
+ Dec. 14, 12:45–12:50 a.m.
Intersection of 38th Street West & Pleasant Avenue South
A 17-year-old boy was walking home from a bus stop when two suspects approached him in a black Nissan Sedan. One man got out of the car and pointed a gun at him. He ordered the boy to give him money. The man checked the boy’s pockets for money, and took the cell phone out of the boy’s front pocket. When he noticed the boy did not have any money on him, he returned the cell phone. The man got back in the car and fled down Pleasant Avenue South. The boy was not harmed, and the suspect did not take anything.
Dec. 13, 3:45–6:30 p.m.
4400 block of France Avenue South
A cashier at the Marathon Kath Gas Station received several phone calls at work from a suspect posing as a corporate manager. The man said he was doing follow-up on issues with phone cards. After several different calls to the cashier, the suspect had swindled the business.
+ Dec. 14, 12:05–12:08 p.m.
Intersection of 33rd Street East &
Nicollet Avenue South
An armed suspect approached a 31-year-old man who was sitting in his car. The suspect hit the man in the mouth with his gun and tried to steal his wallet. The suspect fled on foot before stealing anything.
Stevens Square/Loring Heights
Dec. 15, 2:01 p.m.
1700 block of Hennepin Avenue South
The vice president of operations at Wolfgang Puck terminated an employee on Dec. 15. The employee said he turned in all property, and he was given his final paycheck. The employee left. The vice president later discovered none of the property had been turned in and said the business would press charges if necessary.
Dec. 13, 3:15–3:40 a.m.
5300 block of Nicollet Avenue South
A theft at Tangletown Garden Center was witnessed by a man inside a Hennepin County Medical Center ambulance. The suspect took off in a vehicle, driving erratically. An officer stopped and arrested the suspect on five counts, including driving while intoxicated and other theft. Officers booked the suspect at Hennepin County Jail.
Dec. 14, 12–8 a.m.
3900 block of York Avenue South
The holiday lights were stolen from a 63-year-old man’s front yard. He had put the lights up in a bush. A decorative owl was also stolen from the front yard.
Dec. 10, 3–3:07 p.m.
3000 block of Nicollet Avenue South
A Radio Shack was crowded with customers. The suspect distracted an employee while two others broke a lock and stole items from a display case at the back of the store. The suspects left. The employee noticed the theft and went outside. He saw the suspects driving away on Lake Street.
Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.–Dec. 11, 8:55 a.m.
2600 block of Garfield Avenue South
An unknown suspect pried open a locked service door to a garage and took a Craftsman air compressor. There was no suspect information or physical evidence at the scene.
+ Dec. 10, 8:50–9:08 p.m.
2700 block of Grand Avenue South
A man stabbed a 44-year-old man with a fork and knife. The victim suffered minor injuries to the back of his neck and abdomen. Police arrested the man, and an ambulance brought the victim to the Hennepin County Medical Center.
Dec. 15, 8:43–8:45 p.m.
2500 block of Lyndale Avenue South
An armed suspect pushed open a 26-year-old man’s door as the man opened it. The suspect demanded the man’s "stuff." The man gave the suspect a bag full of green tea. The suspect fled on foot through a rear alley before officers arrived.