Maybe it's the heat? Maybe it's the phase of the moon? Whatever the reason, Southwest Minneapolis was beset by a rash of car crimes last week.
Many of the 11 incidents involved the theft of items left out on car seats, but two stand out: the theft of wiper blades taken from two cars parked on the 4700 block of Nicollet, and a catalytic converter removed from a car parked in Lynnhurst. Catalytic converters typically need to be sawed off a car's tailpipe in order to be stolen.
Someone threw a rock through the front passenger window of the car of a resident of the 3700 block of Pleasant Avenue and stole an item from the front console.
A Golden Valley resident’s iPhone 4S was stolen from the beach area on the 3700 block of Thomas Avenue.
The rear passenger window was broken and a stereo stolen from the car a resident of the 3000 block of Pleasant Avenue had left parked outside her home.
A resident of the 2800 block of 40th Street left his car unlocked outside his home, and his registration card was stolen from his glove compartment.
The detached garage of a home on the 4500 block of Lake Harriet Parkway East was burglarized.
A Sioux Falls, SD, resident’s car window was broken and GPS stolen when she left it parked on the 4700 block of Bryant Avenue.
An off-duty police officer arrested a 51-year-old Minneapolis man for stealing from the Nicollet Avenue Cub Foods.
While a Minneapolis resident was going out for dinner and drinks on the 3800 block of 50th Street, his car was broken into and items stolen.
A Minneapolis resident, who parked near the Pig & Fiddle Restaurant, had his car’s rear window broken and backpack stolen.
A thief was observed breaking a car window on the 3100 block of Hennepin Avenue and removing a bag from the vehicle.
Gas was stolen from the tank of the car of a woman who left her vehicle parked in the handicapped zone behind her residence on the 6100 block of Lyndale Avenue.
Windshield wipers were stolen from two cars parked on the 4700 block of Nicollet Avenue.
An 11-year-old Anthony Middle School student’s Barnes & Noble Nook was stolen from her backpack, which she had been instructed to leave outside the school’s band room during practice.
A 14-year-old Anthony Middle School student’s iPod Touch was stolen during school hours.
A bike was stolen from the resident of the 3500 block of Emerson Avenue.
Flowers were stolen from the front yard of a home on the 4500 block of York Avenue.
The catalytic converter was stolen from an Apple Valley resident’s car after he left it parked on the 5000 block of Knox Avenue. The repair cost was estimated at $500 to $700.
A resident of the 5500 block of Nicollet Avenue was assaulted and robbed of $73.
A Northfield resident’s car was stolen after she parked it on the 5300 block of Morgan Avenue.
A Minneapolis woman’s possessions were stolen from the locker room at the Blasdell YMCA.
A GPS was stolen from an unlocked car parked on the 5300 block of Logan Avenue.
Plants and yard ornaments were stolen from the front yard of a home on the 4500 block of Washburn Avenue.
Until convicted, all persons listed by police as suspected of committing a crime or listed as charged with a crime by county, state, or federal prosecutors should be considered innocent.