Editor’s note: Alleged crimes against persons (assault, 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.
Between 9 p.m. Dec. 9 and 9 a.m. Dec. 10, 33rd Street W. and Fremont Ave. S.
An unknown suspect smashed the front driver’s side window of a parked vehicle and stole a GPS unit from the front seat.
CEDAR ISLES DEAN
Between 8 p.m. Dec. 9 and 8 a.m. Dec. 10, 3238 Lake St. W.
The owner of Little Tel-Aviv Café and Restaurant arrived to work to find his security alarm ripped from the wall and a 55-inch TV missing. The burglars apparently entered through a sheetrock wall in the women’s bathroom that leads into the restaurant’s kitchen. Officers suspected the burglars first entered the multi-business complex through a loading dock door. They also found a hole in the wall leading to Chinese restaurant First Wok and discovered that business’ cash register area had been rummaged through.
Dec. 12, 4 p.m., 1444 W. Lake St.
Officers responded to a report of a forgery in progress at TCF Bank. There, they arrested a young man who was attempting to open an account with false information and had done so in the past.
Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m., 4001 Pleasant Ave. S.
A man saw someone taking new roofing material from his yard and loading it into a new, bright blue Toyota Prius. The suspect was described as a white male, age 25–35, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with long brown hair.
Dec. 12, 6 p.m., 3957 Nicollet Ave. S.
An employee at Wash Me Car Wash saw a man pay for a car wash with a Chuck E. Cheese token. When the employee confronted the man, who was already washing his car, the man started screaming at him, saying the employee owned him $2.50. When the employee threatened to call the police, the suspect, who was with three other men, got in the car and left the scene. Police checked the home that matched the car’s plate number, but no one was home.
LOWRY HILL EAST
Dec. 8, between 6:45 p.m. and 8:10 p.m., 2841 Hennepin Ave.
An unknown suspect broke the rear window of the victim’s parked pickup truck and stole a bag from the rear seat.
+ Dec. 8, 7:20 p.m., 324 W. 33rd St.
Two suspects entered Super Elite Grocery with a sawed-off shotgun and robbed the business, taking a personal laptop and cash. Video from surveillance cameras was too poor for police to use.
Dec. 9, between 12:40 p.m. and 4 p.m., 3146 1st Ave. S.
An unknown suspect walked through an unlocked or open door of an apartment building, cut the wires from a coin-operated washing machine and removed the machine’s lid. The coins had been removed from the machine earlier, so no loss was reported.
Dec. 11, 10:40 p.m., 112 34th St. E.
Police watched a vehicle strike another vehicle and drive away. They turned on their squad car’s lights and siren, but the vehicle continued to flee. Police chased the vehicle for several blocks until it crashed and a man ran from it on foot. Officers caught the man and arrested him for auto theft, DWI, fleeing from police and hit and run.
+ Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., 26th St. E. and Nicollet Ave. S.
An unknown suspect punched a 21-year-old man in the face, grabbed a bag from his hands and fled southbound on Nicollet. The victim told police the bag only contained medications. He refused medical attention.
+ Dec. 13, 2:30 a.m., 2841 Lyndale Ave. S.
Two suspects approached two young women, demanded money and the purse from one of them, grabbed the purse and fled.