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Cottage Grove police reports for March 5: Suspicious activity, theft, disorderly conduct, drunken driving

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Cottage Grove police reports for March 5: Suspicious activity, theft, disorderly conduct, drunken driving
Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

Recent criminal activity reported in Cottage Grove:

Suspicious activity

A Cottage Grove resident called police Feb. 22 to report that someone opened a door to the Hinton Avenue home, peeked inside and then left. The homeowner did not know who it might have been. Police did not locate a suspect.


A woman told police that she was walking her dog in the 6800 block of Meadow Grass Lane after 11:30 p.m. Feb. 24 when an unknown male yelled for her from the end of the block. She went home and called police. The man was not located.

Disorderly conduct

A 14-year-old Cottage Grove girl was issued a juvenile citation for disorderly conduct following a verbal fight with another student Feb. 26 at Park High School, 8040 80th St.


A St. Paul Park man reported Feb. 17 that a turkey blind was stolen from the 6200 block of Lamar Avenue. Loss: $150.

A 37-year-old Cottage Grove woman was cited for theft Feb. 18 after she reportedly walked into the Kohl’s store, 7990 Hardwood Ave., stashed her shoes in her purse, put on a new pair of shoes and walked out of the store.

Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported a shoplifting incident Feb. 19. The suspect was not cited or arrested due to lack of evidence, according to the police report.

Police are investigating a report of missing prescription drugs from Walgreens, 7135 East Point Douglas Road. The theft was reported Feb. 20.

Drunken driving

A 69-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for fourth-degree drunken driving during the snow storm Feb. 20. The man had been driving near Jeffery Avenue and Upper 81st Street when he was stopped by police at about 11:15 p.m.

A man was arrested after police say he crashed his car into a tree as he drove while intoxicated in Cottage Grove. Police were called shortly before 1 a.m. Feb. 18 to 80th Street near Park High School on a report of a vehicle hitting a tree in the median. The driver, a 21-year-old Newport man, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. He was booked into the Washington County jail on suspicion of fourth-degree drunken driving and third-degree refusal to submit to a sobriety test.

Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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