Windom Car Burglar Caught In The Act

A roundup of crimes and other incidents reported by the Minneapolis Police Department Sept. 5 through Sept. 10.

A Windom resident caught a man attempting to break into their vehicle on Sunday evening. The suspect fled, but was apprehended a short distance later. The man was cited for tampering with a motor vehicle and transported to Hennepin County Medical Center to get unspecified injuries examined.

The report filed by officers with the Minneapolis Police Department report did not say whether the car’s owner, police, or a third party caused the injuries.

Other incidents reported to the Minneapolis Police Department in the past week. A map of incidents is posted at right.

Sept. 11

A driver on the 5100 block of Nicollet Avenue South was cited for driving without insurance.

Sept. 10

Richfield and Bloomington police  on northbound Interstate-35W at the 46th Street exit and arrested five men as persons of interest in a shooting incident in Richfield around 1 p.m. on Monday.

A car parked on the 900 block of 62nd Street West was broken into overnight.

Two Ramsey Middle School students had their bikes stolen during the school day when a thief cut the cable lock holding them to a bike rack.

Officers on patrol on 51st Street West shortly before 1 a.m. cited a 17 year-old walking down the street for being out past curfew.

Police cited one driver on the corner of West 58th Street and Lyndale Avenue South, and another on the 3500 block of Blaisdell Avenue South for driving without proof of insurance early Monday morning. A third driver on the 5400 block of Nicollet Avenue South was cited for driving without insurance late Monday night.

Sept. 9

A CARAG resident was unable to find their car after parking it in the neighborhood Sunday afternoon. They reported it missing, telling officers they had left the keys under the car seat and may have left the car door unlocked

Sometime between 10 p.m. on Sept. 8 and 3 a.m. on Sept. 9, an unknown person broke into a house on the 5100 block of Zenith Avenue South using a key and stole an unknown number of items.

A CARAG resident called police to report her neighbor’s bike had been stolen from the 3100 block of Grand Avenue South. The thief sliced through the cyclist’s u-lock with an unknown tool around 7 a.m.

A residence on the 3200 block of Grand Avenue South was burglarized overnight.

A driver on the 100 block of 35th Street West was cited for driving without a driver’s license. Another driver on the 100 block of 58th Street West was cited for driving without current insurance.

A 14-year old resident of the 5900 block of Washburn Avenue South was cited for disappearing from home without his parent’s permission. His mother had called police earlier in the day to file a missing person report after the boy had gone out running errands without telling her.

Police patrolling the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South shortly after midnight cited a 17-year old for being out past curfew

Sept. 8

Around 10:45 p.m., a woman attacked another on the 6100 block of Nicollet Avenue South. The police report said both women knew each other, but did not provide further details.

A resident of the 4900 block of Penn Avenue South got into a verbal argument with her live-in fiancé which escalated into a physical confrontation when the fiancé pushed the victim down to the ground, causing injury to her ribs. The vic refused medical attention.

Police were called to the 4200 block of Stevens Avenue South on related reports of a theft, interference with a 911 call, and a domestic assault between 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Officers responded to a report of a domestic assault on the 3400 block of Emerson Avenue South. The victim’s boyfriend of nine months grabbed her by the throat during an argument shortly after 2 a.m., but fled before police arrived.

A 21-year old resident of the 3400 block of Colfax Avenue South interrupted a burglar trying to steal unknown items from her apartment shortly before midnight.

A 70-year old man was hit by a car at the intersection of 37th and Lyndale around 11 a.m. He sustained only minor injuries, but the driver fled the scene.


Sept. 7

A garage on the 4600 block of York Avenue was broken into some time over the last 20 days, although the owner waited 3 days before reporting the incident to police. Two bicycles were stolen.

Someone broke into a car parked overnight on the 5900 block of Washburn Avenue south. The victim told police she thought she left the keys in the trunk lock as she was unloading her car on the evening of Sept. 6. The car was later recovered after the thief ran into a Minneapolis Public Schools bus at the intersection of Lake Street and Third Avenue South shortly before 7 a.m. The driver fled on foot.

An unknown suspect broke into several gym lockers at Washburn High School between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Staff told police they will be reviewing security camera footage to see if they can pinpoint a culprit. One 15-year old student’s belongings were stolen.

A 12-year old student at Anthony Middle School reported a locker break-in to their School Resource Officer.  The police report notes that the student’s father has met with school staff to discuss the missing items and possible hallway surveillance camera footage.

Police patrolling West Calhoun Parkway around 1 a.m. found that one 21-year old occupant of a car parked on the parkway below the Minikahda Club had a gross misdemeanor warrant out of Hennepin County. The person in question was booked into the Hennepin County Jail.

A thief passing through the 3400 block of Emerson Avenue South between 6:30 p.m. and midnight grabbed a cinderblock and hurled it through the window of a truck parked there, behind an apartment building. They managed to snag an iPod, but nothing else.

A driver on the 500 block of West 58th Street was cited for operating a motor vehicle without current insurance, while another was cited at the intersection of 36th Street and Dupont Avenue South for driving after their license had been suspended. The second driver, a Fulton resident, told police that he had a gun and a permit to carry. Because the driver had an “extensive” history of traffic violations and a history of failure to appear in court or pay fines, his car was impounded, his gun was inventoried as evidence and he was booked into the Hennepin County Jail.

A car sitting at the stoplight at 31st Street and Pillsbury Avenue South was rear-ended by a white panel van that quickly reversed down 31st street and fled southbound down the alley between Pillsbury and Pleasant Avenue South. The victim’s car suffered 2 small scratches on its rear bumper

Police pulled over a 51-year old scrapper at the intersection of 59th Street and Wentworth Avenue South and cited them for unauthorized removal of recyclables.

A resident of the 3600 block of Grand Avenue South turned in a small digital camera that someone had abandoned on their front lawn on Aug. 31.

Sept. 6

A police officer parked in the Windom Cub Foods parking lot shortly after 8 p.m. cited a resident of the 5700 block of 36th Avenue South for misusing his wife’s handicapped placard. The officer confiscated and inventoried the card. The police report pointedly notes that there were over 50 other open spaces in the lot when the cited driver pulled into an open handicapped space.

Police cited a St Paul woman for driving on West 36th Street with car windows that only allowed seven percent of the sun’s light to penetrate, appearing nearly black from the outsideMinnesota law prohibits windows that allow less than 50 percent of the sun’s light through.  On searching the woman and the car, police say they found an open vodka bottle, marijuana, and a marijuana grinder. The woman was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, having an open bottle of liquor in her car, for having illegally tinted windows, and for being unable to produce proof of insurance. The car was impounded.

Sept. 5

A resident of Walker Methodist Health Center had their credit card stolen some time around 10:30 p.m. The card was later fraudulently used at a nearby ATM, convenience store, three restaurants, and a Western Union branch for a total loss of $346.

Drivers on the 5700 block of Emerson Avenue South, the 100 block of 58th Street West, and the 200 block of West Diamond Lake Road were cited for driving without proof of insurance.

A 17-year old walking at the corner of 31st Street and Pillsbury Avenue South around midnight was cited for being out past curfew and transported to his house.

A driver was pulled over at the intersection of 40th Street and Blaisdell Avenue South for having a rear license plate light out. Police say the driver, a Lynnhurst resident, was also drunk and booked him into the Hennepin County Jail after administering a chemical test to determine his blood alcohol content. The driver’s car was impounded.

A student at Southwest High School reported her cellphone stolen during class, and said one of her classmates was likely a culprit.

A Tonka Bay resident reported a person had made several harassing phone calls to her cell phone and to her workplace that morning, located on West 31st Street, seeking “more information” about her.

Officers arrested a Lyndale resident on the 3200 block of 1st Avenue South around 4:30 p.m. on an outstanding felony warrant from Pipestone County.

A driver on the 600 block of West 58th Street was cited for driving after having their license revoked.

A car parked outside a house on the 5100 block of Morgan Avenue South was broken into overnight.


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