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St. Paul Park police reports for Aug. 15: Theft, assault, public urination, drugs, vandalism

Recent criminal activity reported in St. Paul Park:


A St. Paul Park woman reported July 22 that someone stole four hanging flower baskets from outside her home in the 900 block of Third Street.

A Stillwater woman reported July 22 that her purse was stolen from her vehicle in the 1200 block of Fourth Street. A suspect was not located, but during the investigation police cited a 19-year-old St. Paul Park man for obstructing a police officer because he fled after an officer told him to stay at the scene. Also, 20-year-old Dylan J. Smith, of St. Paul Park, was arrested for outstanding warrants and transported to Washington County jail.

A Cottage Grove man reported July 27 that a window was smashed on his vehicles and items were stolen while the vehicle was parked in the 1200 block of First Street.

Police on Aug. 1 contacted a St. Paul Park man whose credit cards had been turned in. The man said someone went through his vehicle within the previous day and stole his wallet, iPod and CD case.

A St. Paul Park man reported Aug. 1 that someone stole a new seed spreader from the front yard of his home in the 1700 block of Ashland Avenue. Police later received a report of someone purchasing a new seed spreader at a garage sale.

A St. Paul Park woman reported Aug. 3 that her tent was stolen from outside her apartment building in the 1100 block of Fifth Street.


Police arrested Caleb J. Barber, 26, of Hastings, on suspicion of obstructing a police officer while officers were investigating a reported domestic shortly before 2:30 a.m. Aug. 4 in the 200 block of Broadway Avenue.


Robert J. Wilkoske-Baier, 36, Cottage Grove, was arrested Aug. 3 on suspicion of terroristic threats, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving after revocation after he allegedly threatened to "shoot up the place" during a dispute with a woman whom he claimed had stolen his wallet. Wilkoske-Baier was arrested when he arrived at the woman's home in the 5400 block of 99th Street. She had called police, who were on the scene when Wilkoske-Baier showed up. He was booked into Washington County jail.

Public urination

A 26-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for urinating in public about 2 a.m. July 27 at Second Street and Broadway Avenue. The man was standing near a vehicle when the officer saw him. At one point, a female passenger in the vehicle told the officer it was the man's "golden birthday; give him a break." The officer told the woman to shut her door. The man who was cited said he could have used the restroom in the bar he was in before he left.

A 22-year-old St. Paul Park man was cited for public urination about 2 a.m. July 28 in the 200 block of Broadway Avenue. An officer parked on Broadway Avenue during bar closing saw the man leave a bar, run across the street and urinate near a tree. The man said he could have used the bar bathroom.


A St. Paul Park woman reported July 26 that she was assaulted by her boyfriend a day earlier at her residence in the 1300 block of Chicago Avenue. No arrest was made.


Franke's Bar, 304 Broadway Ave., reported July 22 that a bathroom had been vandalized. There was a large amount of graffiti.

Custom Upholstery, 445 Broadway Ave., reported July 30 that a work vehicle was spray-painted while parked at the business.

A St. Paul Park woman reported Aug. 1 that someone slashed the tires on her vehicle while it was parked in the 330 block of Pullman Avenue.


Police were called to Lion's Levee Park July 22 on a report of a suspicious male. Subsequently, a 36-year-old Grey Cloud Island Township man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and was told not to use city parks.


A St. Paul Park man reported July 28 that someone stole a key for his motorcycle from his garage in the 1400 block of Gary Drive.


Police were called to Franke's Bar, 304 Broadway AVe., July 28 on a report of an unwanted male at the bar. Police made contact with a Minneapolis man who was intoxicated and complaining that he should not have been kicked out the bar. Patrons and a bartender said the man was getting loud and threatening. The man blew a 0.16 blood-alcohol concentration -- twice the legal driving limit -- and was transported to a Hastings detox facility.

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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