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St. Paul Park police reports for July 11

Recently reported criminal activity in St. Paul Park:


Police received a report May 29 of graffiti at Sittlow Park. Paint was sprayed on playground equipment and the concrete pad of the pavilion.

A portable toilet at Oltman Middle School, 1020 Third St., was vandalized June 15.


Stone Soup Thrift Shop, 950 Third St., reported June 2 that the business had been burglarized. Forced entry was made through an adjacent vacant business. The shop was in disarray.

Police were called about 2 a.m. June 11 to a reported burglary at Giant Car Wash, 301 Pullman Ave. Two male suspects forced entry to the building.


A Cottage Grove man reported June 5 that a chainsaw and GPS device were stolen at 350 Hastings Ave.

A St. Paul Park woman reported June 7 that her cellphone was stolen while she was shopping at Stone Soup Thrift Shop, 950 Third St.

A St. Paul Park man reported June 7 that fishing lures, antique fishing tackle and a filet knife were stolen from his garage in the 800 block of Third Street.

A St. Paul Park man reported June 10 that tools were stolen from his home in the 800 block of Hastings Avenue.

A Grey Cloud Island Township man called police June 18 to report that copper valued at $80 was stolen from a pump house in the 8000 block of Grey Cloud Island Drive.

SuperAmerica, 545 Summit Ave., reported a $71 gas drive-off June 21.


A Woodbury man was arrested June 20 on suspicion of drunken driving, fleeing police and violating a no-contact order in St. Paul Park. Police stopped about 2 a.m. at 520 Broadway Ave., for a suspicious vehicle parked in a yard. They found a woman who was extremely intoxicated, and a man fled the scene. Woodbury police later arrested the male suspect, identified as 40-year-old Michael Schommer, for drunken driving and violating the no-contact order. He was booked into the Washington County jail and he was ticketed for fleeing on foot. The woman was transported to a Hastings detox facility.

Attempted break-in

A St. Paul Park man called police about 3:45 a.m. June 8 to report that an unknown man tried to kick in a door to his home in the 1000 block of Eighth Avenue. The suspect broke a window and stole mail before leaving, according to the report. Police found the suspect across the street. He was very intoxicated and had a cut on his hand, the report said. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Lewd behavior

A St. Paul Park woman called police June 16 to report a male suspect’s lewd behavior toward her while she was walking her dog along Pullman Avenue. The woman said a juvenile male approached her and asked for sex, and he opened his pants while following her. The suspect was not located.

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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