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Cottage Grove police reports for May 16: Property damage, fire, theft

Property damage

A 15-year-old Cottage Grove male was referred to the Youth Service Bureau April 26 after he was riding in a vehicle and hitting mailboxes with a lacrosse stick in the 9300 block of Jergen Avenue. The teen hit mailboxes but didn't damage them.

A Cottage Grove resident reported April 28 that an unknown person shattered the window of a vehicle parked at 80th Street and Grenadier Avenue, causing $850 damage.

A Cottage Grove woman reported April 30 that windshields were cracked on two vehicles parked in the 8100 block of Hornell Avenue. Total damage estimated at $1,000.

An Oakdale woman reported May 3 that her car was damaged while parked in the 7300 block of Lamar Avenue. Three tires were damaged, multiple areas of the car were keyed and the hood was pried open. Police are following up on a potential suspect for the felony-level damage.


A police officer on routine patrol after 2 a.m. April 28 saw two plastic flower pots on fire near the front of a home in the 7700 block of East Point Douglas Road. The home was not damaged. The homeowner had tried to extinguish a cigarette in one of the pots.


Kingdom Hall, 7151 Hinton Ave., reported April 27 that an unknown person damaged an outdoor freon line and stole freon. Loss: $500.

Police received a report April 28 that a vehicle parked in the 8600 block of Ivywood Avenue had been entered and $427 worth of Frisbee golf discs were stolen.

A 43-year-old Bloomington man was arrested April 28 on suspicion of theft after he allegedly stole approximately $1,000 worth of merchandise from Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road.

A Savage, Minn., man working at Bailey Nursery on 103rd Street reported April 29 that someone stole his lunch box with his cellphone, wallet and keys inside.

A 20-year-old South St. Paul woman and a 16-year-old South St. Paul female were cited for shoplifting April 29 at Kohl's, 7990 Hardwood Ave.

A Cottage Grove man reported April 29 that someone pried open his truck and stole an emergency kit valued at $45. The incident happened in the 9200 block of 73rd Street.

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.

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