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Cottage Grove police reports for Aug. 7: Suspicious activity, theft, tampering, drugs

Recent criminal activity reported in Cottage Grove:

Suspicious activity

A Cottage Grove man reported July 23 that two days prior a man approached him in the parking lot of Target and asked to photograph his girlfriend. Police could not make contact with the suspect. The incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. July 21, and the man reported it at 3 a.m. July 23.

A woman reported July 25 that her 9-year-old granddaughter was approached by an unknown man in a vehicle who asked if she wanted a ride. The girl screamed and ran home. The incident happened at Heath Avenue and 99th Street. Police could not locate the suspect.

A woman reported that her husband saw a flashlight beam shine through their patio door around 3 a.m. July 28 in the 8800 block of 90th Street. The woman just wanted the incident documented.


A Cottage Grove woman reported July 26 that a bottle of prescription drugs and a few CDs were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 8500 block of Inman Avenue.

Excel Hardwood Floors, a company based in Oak Grove, Minn., reported July 26 that someone stole a buffer used for sanding floors from the back of a company truck parked at a home in the 8400 block of Goodview Avenue. Loss: $2,000.

Kohl's, 7990 Hardwood Ave., reported a theft July 26. A 24-year-old St. Paul man was cited for shoplifting clothing valued at $60.

A Cottage Grove woman reported July 27 that a vehicle she was borrowing from a friend was stolen from the 8400 block of Hilo Lane. The 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, valued at $8,000, was unlocked and the keys were inside at the time of the theft.

Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road, reported a theft July 27. A 62-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for shoplifting merchandise valued at $16.

A Newport man reported July 28 that $500 cash was taken from his pants pocket while he was sleeping at a home in the 8800 block of Hadley Avenue.

Holiday gas station, 8101 Hadley Ave., reported a $45 gas drive-off on July 28.

A Cottage Grove woman reported July 29 that a bag of new clothing was stolen from her residence in the 6700 block of Meadow Grass Lane sometime during the previous weekend. The items reported stolen were valued at $98. There was a possible suspect identified.

A 23-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for shoplifting and driving after revocation July 29 after Shamrock Liquors, 9040 Inwood Ave., reported that a male suspect stole a bottle of rum valued at $18. Police found the suspect nearby in a vehicle and cited him.

G-Will Liquors, 6990 80th St., reported a theft July 30. A 31-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for shoplifting a $17 bottle of rum.

G-Will Liquors, 6990 80th St., reported a theft July 30. A male suspect stole two bottles of vodka valued at $39. The suspect was not located.


A Cottage Grove resident reported July 26 that sugar was poured into a gas tank of a vehicle parked in the 7800 block of Irish Avenue, but no damage was done.


Two people were cited for alleged drug-related offenses after a police officer on routine patrol about 10:30 p.m. July 26 saw an occupied vehicle parked in the 7600 block of 113th Street. The officer approached the vehicle occupants and subsequently cited a 20-year-old Cottage Grove man for possession of drug paraphernalia and another 20-year-old Cottage Grove man for possession of drug paraphernalia and minor possession of alcohol.

A police officer on bike patrol July 28 near Kingston Park saw a man walking in the area while holding a glass pipe used for drugs. The 27-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.


A man and a woman were arrested for alleged drug offenses and other crimes last week in Cottage Grove. Police investigating recent thefts encountered two people in the 7100 block of 80th Street at about 12:30 a.m. July 28. Subsequently, 45-year-old Cosme J. Zamora, no permanent address, was arrested on suspicion of giving false information to police and for violating a no-contact protection order. A 38-year-old female was expected to be charged for possession of a fifth-degree controlled substance and possession of burglary tools, according to police.

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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