Police Blotter: Bomb Squad Called for Diaper Threat

This blotter covers only a fraction of police reports filed in Southwest Minneapolis from April 21-28. All details come from Minneapolis Police Department reports.

April 21: A 29-year-old Kingfield woman reported that her purse had been stolen from Target downtown, where she worked. The thief charged $424 on a credit card. Police are looking into police surveillance video at the stores.

April 21: A detached garage on the 4800 block of Girard Avenue South was burglarized. The thief walked through the unlocked door and took a bike and stand for stationary bicycling.

April 22: A Wisconsin man who had his car stolen a few weeks ago discovered that someone had been making charges on his debit card in Southwest Minneapolis. He still has the card, but thinks the thief may have been able to figure out his account number from receipts left in the car.

April 23: A 38-year-old woman was cited for using her girlfriend’s handicapped placard at Cub Foods on Nicollet Avenue.

April 23: A 21-year-old woman was cited for using her mother’s handicap placard to park in a space at Cub Foods on Nicollet Avenue.

April 23: Police noticed a car speeding on the 4000 block of Lyndale Avenue at 1:47 a.m. The 18-year-old driver was booked for a fourth degree DWI. Her other six passengers were all cited for a combination of curfew violations and underage consumption. Two of them were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

April 24: A car on the 3500 block of Bryant Avenue South was broken into sometime in the late afternoon.

April 24: Two men were assaulted and robbed on the 3300 block of Lyndale Avenue at 1:53 a.m.

April 24: Police received a call about suspicious people in the Lynnhurst neighborhood of Southwest. When they responded, the caller told them two men were casing cars on the street. And that one of them got into a car, then was picked up in a different vehicle. Police ran the car on the street and discovered it had been stolen from a St. Paul man.

April 24: Police were called to an apartment in East Harriet to recover marijuana found by the brother of the former resident, who had committed suicide earlier in the month.

April 24: A car on the 3500 block of Bryant Avenue South was broken into  in the early evening.

April 25: A house on the 5600 block of Bryant Avenue South was broken into and “ransacked” sometime during the workday. Police are investigating.

April 25: A 14-year-old called police after his iPod was stolen from the gym of Martin Luther King Park.

April 25: A resident of the 5800 block of Irving Avenue South returned home to find that his rear door had been kicked in sometime during the day. Items were stolen.

April 25: Someone threw a rock through the passenger side window of a car parked on the 3500 block of Lyndale Avenue South. Nothing was stolen.

April 26: A car on the 5800 block of Emerson Avenue South was broken into overnight. The car was unlocked. The thief took a necklace.

April 26: A car alarm went off at 4:50 a.m. on the 3600 block of Nicollet Avenue South. When the car’s owner went outside, a car pulled away quickly.

April 26: A car was stolen from the 3700 block of Nicollet Avenue. The owner had left the car there for a mechanic to fix. He was told by the mechanic that the car was gone a few days later, along with four other cars that didn’t run.

April 26: A 51-year-old woman was arrested after trying to walk out of the Nicollet Avenue Cub Foods with $157.92 of “mostly meat.” She said she was having a hard time, and was planning to sell the meat.

April 26: A thief took the garage door opener out of an unlocked car on the 5700 block of Vincent Avenue South in the evening. They opened the garage door and took cash from the car in there.

April 26: The 5700 block of Vincent Avenue was hit again overnight when a thief broke into another car, taking all the contents of the glove box, including the title and an I-Pass.

April 26: A garage on the 5600 block of Logan Avenue was burglarized overnight.

April 27: A car on the 5200 block of Zenith Avenue was burglarized. The thief used a garage door opener to get into the attached garage, where they took items from the car. The resident opened the door from the house to see the thief standing in the garage. The suspect ran away.

April 27: A house on the 3700 block of Stevens Avenue was robbed overnight.

April 27: Another car was stolen on the 3700 block of Nicollet Avenue sometime in the previous two days. The repair shop where the car was being fixed still has the keys.

April 27: Someone tried to break into the laundry room of an apartment building overnight. They damaged the door and lock but didn’t make it into the room.

April 27: Police responded to a report of a suspicious package on the 5500 block of Colfax Avenue. The bomb squad was called. It turned out to be a diaper bag. Police inventoried the contents.

April 27: A pair of sunglasses was stolen from a car on the 5300 block of Zenith Avenue overnight.

April 27: The window of a car on the 4000 block of Blaisdell Avenue was smashed in the early morning.

April 28: There was a hit and run on the 5100 block of Nicollet Avenue around 1 a.m. The 26-year-old woman driving was drunk. She was processed for a DWI.

Peter D. May 03, 2011 at 12:44 PM
I appreciate the Patch sharing this information. In the past we used to get frequent notices from our local Crime prevention Specialist. But since Amy Lavender took over we hear nothing.
Jon Collins May 03, 2011 at 01:40 PM
I just added in all the blocks that were impacted by this week's crimes, so you'll be able to see where things happened by looking at the map on the right of the page. Thanks!
Scott W. May 03, 2011 at 04:23 PM
This seems like it could be a section on the main site. Under Crime or whatever. I wouldn't want to miss this from week to week. Or I would like to see all of these in one place.
Jon Collins May 03, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Scott, You can find it under Police in the news section. But you know what, I'll create a column called police blotter, that way you'll be able to click on it and see all the blotters that have been posted. Thanks for the suggestion!
Scott W. May 04, 2011 at 12:26 AM


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