Crime reports

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. 


+ Sept. 1, 8:30 a.m.

3300 block of 1st Avenue South

A 53-year-old man said he was robbed at gunpoint by an acquaintance. 

Aug. 30, 3 a.m. to 3 p.m.

323 W. Lake St. 

An unknown suspect or suspects broke into Uptown Pizza and took cash from the register and cash box. 


Aug. 28, 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

3500 block of Irving Avenue South

An unknown suspect tried to break into the residence of a 100-year-old woman by prying off her window screen. The suspect was unable to enter the residence. 


Sept. 3, noon to 2 p.m.

2600 block of Dupont Avenue South

An unknown suspect broke into the apartment of three young adults and took two laptop computers, a camera, a tobacco grinder, an iPod and two backpacks. 

Aug. 29-30, overnight

2300 block of Colfax Avenue South

Unknown suspects tried to break into an apartment by peeling the rubber molding from an exterior storm door’s window screen. 


Aug. 28, midnight

2700 block of Blaisdell Avenue South

A 41-year-old man left his vehicle parked behind his building. At 3 a.m. he noticed it was missing. There was no broken glass at the scene. The man said he was in possession of the vehicle’s keys.

Aug. 29, 8:30 a.m.

2500 block of Stevens Avenue South

A 22-year-old man said he lost his keys near the intersection of 25th and Stevens. Because he couldn’t find his keys, he got a ride home from a friend, leaving his car parked in the area. When he returned the next day, his vehicle was gone. The man said his car had “nice” rims.


Aug. 29-30, from 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

5200 block of Morgan Avenue South

A 40-year-old man said someone took the license plate from his car. 


Sept. 1-2, overnight

59th and Grand

Someone broke into a 43-year-old man’s vehicle via his driver’s side window. The suspect tried top pry the stereo loose, but only was able to get the stereo’s face off. The suspect also spray painted the number “13” on the hood as well as what appeared to be a pitch fork on the door. There were pry marks on the trunk, but no entry was made. The suspect left an orange Allen wrench in the vehicle. 


Sept. 3, 3 to 5 p.m.

Lake Harriet’s North Beach 

Someone stole a cell phone from a boy who had put his phone inside his bike helmet while at the beach. 

Aug. 28-29, overnight

4100 block of Bryant Avenue South

Someone took 10 blocks from a small retaining wall in front of a home. 


Aug. 28, 5:45 p.m.

3001 Hennepin Ave. S. 

The owner of a small clothing store on the first floor of Calhoun Square said she left her laptop computer on top of her check-out counter whole she went into the back room for a short time. When she returned, the laptop was missing.


Aug. 30-31, overnight

2400 block of Irving Avenue South

Someone stole the gate from a woman’s fence, using tools to remove the bolts. 


Sept. 2, 12:45 a.m.

Franklin and Blaisdell

Two suspects assaulted a 61-year-old cab driver and took off without paying their fare. The driver did not require medical attention. 

—  Compiled by Nick Halter

Crime reports

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. 


Chino Latino

Aug. 19, 11:50 p.m.

A man was observed walking down the street with a Chino Latino valet sign. Police charged him with misdemeanor theft.


Driftwood Bar

Aug. 14, 9:50 p.m.

A man and woman were sitting on the outdoor patio of the bar when an unknown person ran by and grabbed the man’s cell phone from the table. 


Hennepin Ave. S. & Summit Ave.

Aug. 15, 9:40 p.m.

A 44-year-old woman was walking north on Hennepin Avenue South when she noticed a man walking toward her. Their paths crossed at Summit Avenue, where the man pushed her against a retaining wall and took her purse. Police had not located the man at the time of the report.

The Lowry

Aug. 19, 8:30 p.m.

Two men left the restaurant without paying their $43.56 bill. Officers located one of the men two blocks away and arrested him.


1100 block of W. 25th St.

Aug. 15, late evening

A person broke into a woman’s house by forcing open a basement window. The window was slightly open and had safety hinges at the top, which the person broke. The burglar stole the woman’s revolver from her bedroom.

Cowboy Slim’s

Aug. 19, early evening

A woman brought her phone with her into the restroom. When she went to sit down on the patio, she realized she had left the phone in the bathroom. She looked for it, but could not find it. After leaving the restaurant, she checked her Facebook page and saw that someone had accessed it and posted a rude message, confirming her suspicion that the phone was stolen.

Rainbow Foods

Aug. 18, 9:10 a.m. 

A man stole $45.14 worth of Similac Baby Formula from the store. Loss prevention services recovered the formula. Police cited the man with theft and shoplifting. Two other shoplifting attempts occurred at the same location in the reporting period, one in the afternoon on the same day and another on the morning of Aug. 20.


Family Dollar

Aug. 17, 2:30 p.m.

A report states that a person left the store “without paying or even offering to pay for stolen items.” The suspect was gone when police arrived.


2000 block of Pleasant Ave. S.

Aug. 14, 3:50 a.m.

A man woke up to find another man in his room. He yelled at the intruder to leave, which he did after grabbing two laptops. The victim only caught a glimpse of the man, but said he did not recognize him. When police arrived, the front and two back doors were still locked. The resident of the house suspects the man gained access through a less secure front door, although it showed no signs of forced entry.

2700 block of Pleasant Ave. S.

Aug. 15, 10 a.m.

A man reported several items missing from his bedroom. He suspects his soon-to-be ex-roommate, who has access to the house and who, he reported, has been “acting strange” lately.


Cub Foods

Aug. 14, 2 p.m.

A man was waiting in line to make a purchase when another person cut in front of him to pay for his own products. The man in line told the person to please wait for his or her turn. The man walked toward the door to leave after paying for his items, at which point the other person followed him. The suspect then hit the man in the face and said, “Don’t tell me not to butt in line.” Store employees broke up the fight.

— Compiled by Maggie Kane