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.
+ Feb. 4, 7 p.m., 3019 Pleasant Ave. S.
Officers were dispatched to a report of an aggravated robbery. The suspects fled the scene but were later booked at Hennepin County Jail after the victim identified them.
Feb. 3, between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., 2650 Hennepin Ave. S.
After having dinner, a woman returned to the lot where she parked her car to find her vehicle gone. She said that she was the only person with the keys to that car. The security tape for the lot turned up no useful information.
Feb. 4, from 5:30 p.m.–6 p.m., 3212 50 St. W.
A man selling firewood swindled a woman after selling her a quarter cord of wood when he said he was selling her a “fireplace cord of red oak wood.” When the woman’s husband returned home, he discovered she had been swindled. The woman said the man had aggressively made his way into her home and pressured her to buy the wood for $100.
Feb. 3, between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., 4257 Nicollet Ave. S.
Suspect(s) entered through the rear door of the Corner Table, went to the basement and stole wallets from personal clothing kept in the office and adjacent storeroom. The two victims of the theft reported that the suspect(s) used their credit cards before the victims were able to cancel them.
+ Feb. 3, from 11:20 p.m.–11:25 p.m., intersection of 40th Street East and Nicollet Avenue South
An unknown male and an unknown female verbally threatened and robbed a 61-year-old male of $30 at knifepoint. The suspects fled northbound on Nicollet in a maroon Chevy Malibu.
Between 5 p.m. Feb. 6 to 8 a.m. Feb. 8, 3908 Beard Ave. S.
Tools were stolen from a model home under construction. A worker returned to the site after the weekend and noticed the rear lower-level doorframe was split as though it had been shouldered.
LOWRY HILL EAST
Feb. 8, between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., 2610 Lyndale Ave. S.
After dining inside French Meadow Bakery, a 31-year-old male returned to his car and found that someone smashed the rear window and stole his personal bag. Employees of the restaurant said that incidents like that have been happening recently and that they have readjusted a security camera to capture suspects. They speculated that a car pulls up, breaks the window to take valuables and drives off.
Feb. 3, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., 2002 Garfield Ave. S.
A caretaker called a 19-year-old female tenant to tell her that the window to her ground-level apartment was wide open. The tenant returned to the apartment to find the screen had been torn off the window of her ground-level apartment and that her laptop was gone. There were no other losses.
+ Feb. 4, 10:51 p.m., 2725 Pleasant Ave. S.
Two men approached a 17-year-old male and robbed him of $4. The first suspect in the strong-arm robbery was described as being a 15-year-old who is 5 feet 8 inches tall with a muscular build and shaved head. He was wearing a black baseball hat and red sweater. The second suspect was believed to be the father of the first suspect. He was described as being a skinny, 5 feet 4 inches tall male in his 30s.
+ Feb. 7, from 12:50 a.m.–1 a.m., intersection of 22nd Street West and Pillsbury Avenue South
A man approached a 27-year-old woman after she parked her car. He pointed a handgun at her and demnded her purse and car keys. She complied. A second person got in the passenger side of the car before the suspects fled northbound.