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Cottage Grove police reports for Nov. 12: Drugs, assault, vandalism, burglary, property damage

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Cottage Grove police reports for Nov. 12: Drugs, assault, vandalism, burglary, property damage
Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

Recent criminal activity reported in Cottage Grove:

Drugs

A 20-year-old New Richmond, Wis., man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and no proof of insurance after he was found in a vehicle parked at Oakwood Park at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 26. The officer smelled marijuana during the initial contact with the vehicle’s passengers.

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Burglary

A Cottage Grove woman reported Oct. 18 that she returned to her home in the 7900 block of Hearthside Avenue to find that a blanket she uses as a window treatment was on the ground. She then found that prescription medications were missing and $135 in cash was stolen. There was no sign of forced entry, and no suspects were identified.

A Cottage Grove man reported Oct. 20 that someone broke into a vehicle parked in a garage in the 9300 block of 73rd Street. There was no forced entry. Miscellaneous items were stolen.

Vandalism

A Cottage Grove resident reported Oct. 18 that someone damaged Halloween decorations at a home in the 7800 block of 77th Street. Two holes were found in the house siding as a result of the decorations being damaged. Damage was estimated at $200.

A Cottage Grove man reported Oct. 19 that someone wrapped his vehicle in toilet paper and poured pink glitter on his truck in the 8900 block of Ironwood Avenue.

Assault

Two 14-year-old Cottage Grove boys were referred to the Youth Service Bureau for assault following a fight Oct. 21 in the 7300 block of 74th Street.

A 18-year-old Rosemount man was cited for fifth-degree assault for punching a 19-year-old Cottage Grove man during an altercation Oct. 21 in the 8800 block of Inwood Avenue.

Three teens were cited following an Oct. 22 assault outside Park High School, 8040 80th St. A 17-year-old St. Paul Park girl was issued a juvenile citation for punching an 18-year-old Maplewood woman outside the school entrance. A 17-year-old Cottage Grove boy and a 16-year-old Cottage Grove girl were each issued juvenile tickets for disorderly conduct because they helped the girl suspected of assault.

Police are trying to locate a 32-year-old man who allegedly threatened to kill his 31-year-old girlfriend during a domestic incident Oct. 22 at a home in the 7700 block of Hemingway Avenue. Officers were called to the home after the man allegedly threatened the woman, but he left before police arrived. Police conducted an extensive search of the area but the suspect was not located.

Property damage

A Cottage Grove resident reported Oct. 17 that someone threw a pumpkin at a car in the 8700 block of Hallmark Avenue, denting it and causing $200 damage.

A Cottage Grove resident reported Oct. 17 that someone smashed a pumpkin on a vehicle, causing $1,000 damage.

A Nashwauk, Minn., resident reported Oct. 20 that someone threw a large rock at a motorhome parked in the 7700 block of Hinton Avenue, damaging a window, headlight and foglight.

A Cottage Grove resident reported Oct. 20 that someone threw rocks through two windows at a home in the 8800 block of Hamlet Avenue. Damage: $450.

A Cottage Grove man reported Oct. 30 that someone smashed a window on his vehicle with a piece of lumber. The vehicle was in the 8300 block of Jasmine Avenue.

Suspicious activity

A Cottage Grove man reported Oct. 17 that he believed someone was preying on his father, who is a vulnerable adult. The man’s father had given a small amount of money to an unidentified person. The case was under investigation.

A woman told police Oct. 19 that while she was at a stop sign at 79th Street and Hemingway Avenue, three suspects approached her vehicle and tried to open her car doors. They weren’t able to get in, but one suspect threw something at the vehicle as the woman drove away.

A 17-year-old Inver Grove Heights boy was issued a juvenile citation for providing false information to police after he was found Oct. 28 at Park High School. He gave police a fake name, prompting the citation. The boy had an outstanding Dakota County warrant.

A caller told police shortly after 8 p.m. Oct. 31 that a suspicious vehicle may have been following two girls in the 7800 block of Joliet Avenue. The girls ran to a nearby house for help, and a parent came and picked up the children before police arrived. The suspicious vehicle was not located.

Theft

A 50-year-old Cottage Grove woman was ticketed for shoplifting Oct. 18 at Cub Foods, 8690 East Point Douglas Road.

Holiday gas station, 8101 Hadley Ave., reported a $34 gas drive-off on Oct. 20. It reported more gas drive-off thefts on Oct. 21 ($65) and Oct. 27 ($29).

A 21-year-old Minneapolis man was cited for theft after he stole keys for electronics cabinets at Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Road, on Oct. 20. The man had left the store when police arrived, but officers were given a vehicle license plate number, and the man was later located in Minneapolis.

A Cottage Grove woman reported Oct. 21 that a ring valued at $650 was stolen from a home in the 7400 block of Irvin Avenue. There was no sign of forced entry. There are no suspects.

A 45-year-old Oakdale man was cited for shoplifting Oct. 27 at Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road.

A Hanover, Minn., plumbing company reported Oct. 28 that someone broke into a utility trailer in the 7300 block of Hardwood Court. An undetermined amount of tools was stolen.

A Cottage Grove man reported Oct. 28 that items valued at $30 were stolen from a vehicle in the 8100 block of East Point Douglas Road.

A Park High School student reported Oct. 28 that a cellphone was stolen from an athletic bag in the school’s activities center.

A 27-year-old Oak Park Heights man was cited for shoplifting after he stole a $300 speaker from Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Road, on Oct. 29.

A Cottage Grove man reported Oct. 28 that he found a suspect in his vehicle in the 9100 block of Indian Boulevard. The suspect ran away. A small amount of change was stolen. The suspect was not located.

A Cottage Grove resident reported Oct. 28 that three pairs of sunglasses ($240 total value) were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 9100 block of Indian Boulevard.

Police received a report shortly before 7 a.m. Oct. 31 that someone broke into the Walmart construction site along East Point Douglas Road and forced open construction trailers. Tools and copper were stolen, and building doors and latches were damaged.

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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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