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Cottage Grove police reports for May 28: Domestic, fire, underage drinking, theft, assault


Police were called to the ball fields at Crestview Elementary School about 1:40 p.m. May 12 for a fire to a portable toilet. The outhouse was a total loss but no other property was damaged.

Domestic assault

A 13-year-old Cottage Grove girl was taken into custody by police for fifth-degree domestic assault and transported to Washington County juvenile detention after she reportedly kicked and punched her mother during an incident May 15 at a home in the 7800 block of Hearthside Avenue.

Underage drinking

A 20-year-old Cottage Grove female was cited for underage consumption and a 16-year-old Cottage Grove girl was cited for minor consumption after police were called about 11 p.m. May 4 to 72nd Street and Jensen Avenue on a report of people yelling.


A St. Paul Park girl reported April 30 that an iPod was stolen from the girls locker room at Park High School. Loss: $200.

Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported a shoplifting incident May 3. A 70-year-old Hastings man was cited for stealing $39.97 worth of merchandise.

A woman reported May 5 that her purse was stolen while the car was parked at BP gas station, 8490 East Point Douglas Road. The car was unlocked and the windows were open. The purse and contents were valued at $35.

A Cottage Grove woman reported May 6 that her foot-tall, resin moose decoration was stolen from her yard in the 8100 block of Grenada Avenue. Loss: $350.

A Cottage Grove resident reported May 10 that six pairs of shoes and a GPS device were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 8700 block of Hale Avenue. Loss: $642.

Holiday gas station, 8101 Hadley Ave., reported a $89 gas drive-off on May 10.

A St. Paul Park boy reported May 11 that his bike was stolen from Pine Hill Elementary School. His father located the bike a couple of blocks away.

SuperAmerica, 7162 East Point Douglas Road, reported a $46 gas drive-off on May 11.

Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported a shoplifting incident May 12. A 36-year-old Hastings man was cited for theft of a $6.99 tape measure.

Holiday, 6923 Pine Arbor Drive, reported a $69 gas drive-off on May 13.

Kohl's, 7990 Hardwood Ave., reported a shoplifting incident May 14. A 32-year-old South St. Paul woman was cited for stealing $64 worth of merchandise.

A Cottage Grove resident reported May 13 that two UPS-delivered packages were stolen from the residence in the 7900 block of Scott Boulevard. The packages contained four tire rims valued at $300.

Two commuters reported thefts from vehicles parked during the daytime at the Cottage Grove park-and-ride. A Cannon Falls woman told police May 15 that someone broke a window to get into her vehicle and then removed the dashboard cover and stole stereo speakers, an amplifier and a phone charger. The break-in occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 5:40 p.m. that day, according to the report. Also on May 15, a commuter reported that a license plate was stolen from a vehicle parked at the Metropolitan Transit park-and-ride lot at 7500 West Point Douglas Road. The license plate was recovered that night in South St. Paul.

Attempted break-in

A Cottage Grove man reported about 9 p.m. April 28 that he saw an unknown person trying to get into his vehicle in the 8400 block of Glenbrook Avenue. The suspect fled when the homeowner went outside.

Suspicious activity

A woman reported to police April 24 that she found the head of a goat inside a plastic bag near a bridge to Grey Cloud Island. She threw away the goat head, but wanted to make sure police knew about it.

A woman living in the 9700 block of Hamlet Avenue reported that she was approached a man who said he was from the IRS and wanted tax paperwork. He provided no identification and left the area. She reported it two hours later.

A Cottage Grove man reported at 1:30 a.m. May 6 that he had observed a couple of suspicious vehicles entering Cottage Grove Cemetery on 70th Street in a recent afternoon and parking. No suspects were located.

Police were called about 8:30 a.m. May 15 to Timber Ridge Trail and Meadow Grass Lane on a report that an unknown woman in a vehicle stopped at a school bus stop and asked to see children's backpacks. The woman never got out of her car, never saw the backpacks and was gone when police arrived, according to the report.

Police were called May 15 to Indian Boulevard and Inwood Avenue after a resident found a used smoke canister in the street.


A police officer on May 13 found graffiti on an electrical box at Woodridge Park on 90th 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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