Crime reports

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.


Dec. 6, 7:30 a.m.
Aldrich & Lake St.,

A 43-year-old parked his car and entered the convenience store. While inside, an unknown suspect entered his vehicle and drove off. No arrest was made.

Dec. 6, 9:30 p.m.
3000 Hennepin Ave. S.,
Victoria’s Secret

Officers responded to a report of a theft in progress. When they arrived, they attempted to apprehend the shoplifter. The shoplifter ran for three blocks on foot before he was arrested. He was attempting to steal more than $400 in bras.

Dec. 6, 11:15 a.m.
3300 block Aldrich Ave. S.

An unknown suspect forced entry into an unoccupied dwelling and left with an undisclosed loss. No arrest was made.


Dec. 7, 11 a.m.
3800 block Stevens Ave. S.

A 21-year-old female alleged her landlord entered her apartment with a key, took items of hers and threw them into the backyard. She reported that multiple items were damaged and some stolen. Police canvassed the area but made no arrests.

Dec. 7, 9:30 p.m.
3600 block of 1st Ave. S.

A 28-year-old man told police he takes Percocet for a back injury and last saw his pill bottle on his nightstand before going to bed. When he woke up the next morning, the bottle was gone. He told police he suspected his uncle, who was staying with him at the time and has a history of drug abuse, took the pills.

Dec. 7, 10 p.m.
3800 block Garfield Ave. S.

A 36-year-old man told police he parked his trailer in his driveway the night before, then discovered it gone the next afternoon. He said he suspects someone hooked the trailer to a vehicle and drove away.


Dec. 6, 3:30 p.m.
4419 France Ave. S., Gas Plus

A store clerk told police that an unknown suspect, posing as a customer, pretended to be shopping for about an hour, placing items into two plastic bags. When he went to pay for the items, he distracted the clerk then attempted to grab cash from the store’s open register. The clerk was able to prevent the cash theft, but the suspect made off with a bag full of items. The incident was captured on the store’s security camera, but no arrest was made.


Dec. 7, 10 p.m.
3400 block 1st Ave. S.

An unknown suspect forced entry into an unattached garage and stole tools from the bed of a pickup truck. Total loss to the victim was roughly $1,000. No arrest was made.

Dec. 10, 12:30 a.m.
105 W. Lake St.,
Champions Sports Bar

A 38-year-old woman told police she left her purse hanging off the back of a chair and went outside to smoke a cigarette. Her wallet was in her purse when she stepped out, but later in the evening she noticed it gone. No wallet was turned in to bar staff. Her loss included an EBT card with $70 on it, $150 in food stamps, $15 in cash and two credit cards on which she receives child support payments.

Dec. 11, 5 a.m.
36th & Harriet Ave.

After police stopped a vehicle recognized to be stolen, the occupants fled the scene. A 19-
year-old man, 16-year-old boy and 15-year-old boy were arrested.


Day of Dec. 12
1200 block 50th St. W.

A 56-year-old woman left her home in the morning and returned about 7 p.m. to discover her front door ajar. Officers later determined an unknown suspect threw a rock through the home’s kitchen window to gain entry.


Dec. 7, 10 a.m.
1801 Nicollet Ave. S.,
Ace Hardware

A 58-year-old employee had her purse stolen while at work. Her credit card was used to make a number of purchases before being disabled.

Dec. 7, noon
18th & Stevens Ave.

Three unknown suspects allegedly confronted a 21-year-old man. They then took his necklace, jacket and baseball cap before fleeing on foot. Total loss to the victim was more than $500. No arrest was made.


Dec. 10, 9 p.m.
100 block Valleyview Pl.

A 56-year-old man left his garage door open after unloading a Christmas tree from his vehicle. When his wife entered the garage to use the vehicle the following day, she discovered that the car had been burglarized.


Dec. 10, 4 p.m.
2588 Lyndale Ave. S.,
Common Roots

A 26-year-old female employee told police she put her purse in a downstairs locker before beginning her shift. An hour later, she went downstairs to get some medication from her purse only to discover it laying open on a chair. Her wallet had been taken from inside. No arrest was made.


Dec. 6, 8:15 a.m.
3040 Excelsior Blvd.,
Caribou Coffee

A 54-year-old woman told police she left her dog in a running vehicle while ordering coffee. While inside, an unknown suspect entered her vehicle and drove off with the dog. No arrest was made.

Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
3120 Excelsior Blvd., Jiffy Lube

An unknown suspect entered the store and suggested to staff he had a gun, although none was seen. He left the store with cash, checks and credit card receipts. No arrest was made.


Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
+ 2501 Lyndale Ave. S.,
Loon Grocery

An unknown suspect entered the store and robbed the clerk of cash. No arrest was made.

Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m.
10 W. Lake St., Kmart

An on-duty police officer in this store observed a 17-year-old boy attempting to steal a number of watches.

Dec. 9, 11 a.m. and Dec. 10,
7 p.m. 2106 2nd Ave. S.,
Golden Living Center

Staff told police an unknown suspect stole copper on two separate occasions from an exterior air conditioning unit.

Dec. 11, 10:00 a.m.
2001 Nicollet Ave. S.,
CVS Pharmacy

A store security guard witnessed an unknown suspect breaking into a locked case and stealing several bottles of perfume.

Dec. 11, 3:30 p.m.
2608 Blaisdell Ave. S.,
Calvary Baptist Church

A 37-year-old church employee told police his wallet and cell phone were stolen from a church bathroom.

Crime reports

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.


3324 Colfax Ave. S.
Nov. 25, overnight

A 28-year-old man and 25-year-old man woke up to find their garage had been broken into. The unknown suspect entered through an unlocked service door and attempted to steal the vehicle inside. The center console was rummaged through and the steering column had been dismantled, damaging the ignition. The same thing happened to the vehicle parked in the driveway.

913 Lake St. W.
Nov. 23, 11:45 a.m.

A 38-year-old man parked his truck outside to deliver a package. He returned 3 minutes later and his vehicle was gone. He had left it running on the street.

East Harriet

3945 Aldrich Ave. S.
Nov. 26, 6:15 a.m.

A 35-year-old man noticed his garage had been broken into when he awoke in the morning. Nothing had been stolen, but his motorcycle was rolled down to the end of his driveway. No suspect has been found.

East Isles

2800 block Hennepin Ave. S.
Nov. 28, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A 28-year-old woman parked her car on the street. When she returned, her rear window had been broken out and two laptops had been stolen from the vehicle. No suspect has been found.

Linden Hills

4308 Drew Ave. S.
Nov. 27, overnight

A 56-year-old man woke up in the morning and noticed his car and garage doors were open. After surveying his garage, he realized his bike was stolen.  The suspect has not been caught, but the man believes the suspect used his garage door opener to enter the garage.

3811 Zenith Ave. S.
Nov. 28, between midnight and 6 a.m.

A 54-year-old man had parked his work truck outside overnight. When he went to it in the morning, he noticed the passenger-side window was broken. His briefcase was stolen. Inside the briefcase were medical bills, a laptop, a checkbook and work IDs. No suspect has been found.


+ 32nd & Garfield.
Nov. 25, between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.

A 45-year-old man was maced while walking and had his wallet stolen by two unknown male suspects.

3024 Grand Ave. S.
Nov. 27, overnight

A 32-year-old man reported that the house he was about to rent had been broken into. When the police came to investigate, they noticed a broken window in the house. The basement was also ransacked for copper.

5829 Blaisdell Ave. S.
Nov. 27, overnight
A 43-year-old man spent the night at a friend’s house. When he returned in the morning, he noticed his house had been broken into. Upon further investigation, an unknown suspect had take his flat screen TV, Playstation 3, iMac and iPhone 3G. The suspect appears to have entered through a broken window.

Lowry Hill East

2900 block Hennepin Ave. S.
Nov. 26, 1:50 a.m.

A 23-year-old man was sucker punched and left unconscious on the sidewalk by two unknown suspects. A witness called in the incident. Nothing was taken from the victim.

Stevens Square

1915 2nd Ave. S.
Nov. 27, overnight

An unknown suspect attempted to steal the rims and tires from a 60-year-old man’s car. Rust had made it difficult to take them off and the thief only escaped with the lug nuts.


The Wedge Community Co-op
Nov. 22, midnight

A woman was shopping at The Wedge and had her purse in her shopping cart. She went to pick an item off the shelf. When she returned, her wallet was missing. No suspect has been found.

+ 2535 Clinton Ave. S.
Nov. 25, between 1:30 a.m. and 3 a.m.

A 40-year-old man was having an argument with his girlfriend. She was in his car at the time. He was recording the event on his iPhone when her friend took his phone and they both left in his vehicle. They returned a short time later, and his girlfriend was wielding a steak knife threateningly. He convinced her to put the knife down and reported the event to police.