Editor’s note: Alleged crimes against persons (assault, murder, robbery) 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.
3500 block of Dupont Ave. S. Early morning of April 1
A 41-year-old woman went outside to start up her car. She noticed that the front driver’s side tire and rim were missing. Upon further inspection, the back tire and passenger side tires were also missing. The lug nuts were left on the ground.
3200 block of Colfax Ave. S. Early morning of April 3
A 58-year-old man’s car was parked in his alley driveway. During the night, the car was broken into and his after-market stereo stolen.
3800 block of Pillsbury Ave S. Night of March 30
A 31-year-old man’s car was stolen. It was parked legally and locked, but the man kept a spare key in the center console. No broken glass was found on the ground at the scene.
3700 block of Pleasant Ave. S. March 31, 7:45 p.m.
A 55-year-old man left his coat on a radiator during a martial arts practice. While he was in class his jacket, wallet and cell phone were stolen. His instructor’s wallet was also taken. Roughly $340 worth of purchases were made on his debit card shortly thereafter at other retailers.
East 45th Street and Nicollet Avenue South. Day of April 2
A 59-year-old man’s front door was forced open while he was away. His 37-year-old daughter went to check on the property and found the door ajar and called police. No items were reported stolen. The door was unable to be fixed so the fire department had to board up the entry.
4500 block of Grand Ave. S. April 4, 4:20 a.m.
A 45-year-old man reported to police that items were stolen from his residence. Police located a suspect and the man positively identified the 23-year-old man as the man who stole his property. The 23-year-old was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for a minor injury before being booked at Hennepin County Jail. The items the 23-year-old stole were returned to the 45-year-old man.
2100 block of Humboldt Ave. S. March 29, 2:20 p.m.
Three men, ages 30, 48 and 50 stole a windmill from a 44-year-old woman’s backyard and fled in a car. The men were pulled over by police and cited for theft and having an open bottle. The windmill was returned to the woman.
Dunwoody Blvd. April 5, 10 p.m.
A 38-year-old man stepped out of his car momentarily. When he did, a person he had met that day jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off. The man does not know how to contact the person.
Lake Wine & Spirits, 404 W. Lake St. April 2, 8:30 p.m.
A 33-year-old man attempted to take a bottle of vodka by hiding it under his coat. The owner confronted the man and the bottle broke in the process. The man was detained until police arrived.
Garfield Avenue and Lake Street. April 3, 5 p.m.
An unknown person broke into a car and stole a woman’s cell phone.
3000 block of Pleasant Ave. S. April 4, 3 p.m.
A 35-year-old man’s apartment was broken into and property stolen.
+ 5100 block of Aldrich Ave. S. April 1, 10:30 p.m.
A 16-year-old boy was robbed of money from two men who then fled the scene.
+ Franklin Ave. and 3rd Ave. S. March 30, 12:45 a.m.
A 41-year-old man was robbed at knifepoint and his cell phone stolen.
1700 block of 2nd Ave. S. Afternoon of March 30
A 29-year-old woman’s apartment was burglarized while she was out.
+ 1900 block of 3rd Ave S. April 2, 3:40 a.m.
An unknown man robbed a man and woman, both 32 years old, at gunpoint at their apartment. The unknown man fled with the woman’s purse.
2400 block of Bryant Ave. S. Afternoon of March 30
A 56-year-old woman’s car that was legally parked and locked was stolen. Nobody had keys or permission to use it.
800 block of W. Lake St. Night of March 31
A 26-year-old man’s car was broken into. His non-working stereo was the only item stolen.
Familia, 2833 Hennepin Ave. S. April 2, 3:20 p.m.
A man grabbed items from the Familia skateboard shop and walked up to the counter as if he was going to pay. He then ran out the door and fled to a waiting vehicle.
1400 Lagoon Ave. April 3, 1 a.m.
A woman was in a restaurant when a man bumped into her. The woman checked her purse and noticed that her wallet was gone. A 29-year-old man said he saw somebody, later identified as a 44-year-old man, disposing of the wallet in a nearby trashcan. The 44-year-old man was later arrested.
Floyd’s Barbershop, 1220 Lake St. W. April 3, 7 p.m.
The business was broken into and $500 was stolen.