Unruly guests arrested at Bloomington apartment

The anxiety caused by guests of a 42-year-old Bloomington woman was enough to drive her from her apartment, and she appears to be better off for it.

The woman was not present when Bloomington police officers responded to a report of suspicious activity at an apartment building on the 9100 block of Lyndale Avenue, and was therefore not present for the arrest of three people.

Police officers were dispatched to the building at approximately 5:45 p.m. May 1, following a report of a female screaming inside one of the apartments. Officers responding to the incident found a man sitting in the hallway near the apartment they were investigating, according to Bloomington Police Cmdr. Kim Clauson.

The officers questioned the man about the reported activity and verified his identification. The 48-year-old Bloomington man didn’t live in the building, but he wasn’t sent home. It turned out that he had 18 misdemeanor warrants, many for theft, and one felony drug warrant, Clauson said.

While arresting the man in the hallway, officers heard what appeared to be an argument between two men, and possibly a physical confrontation, with a woman trying to separate them. Officers knocked on an apartment door and the arguing stopped, Clauson explained.

A woman eventually came to the door, but refused to open it. She would only talk to police officers through the door. In the meantime, a building caretaker arrived at the scene with a key to the apartment. When the woman refused to open the door to speak with the police officers, they used the key to unlock the apartment. The officers were met with resistance, however, as occupants of the apartment attempted to barricade themselves inside with a recliner, according to Clauson.

The officers eventually forced their way into the unit and found a 32-year-old Eagan man and a 32-year-old Little Falls woman inside. A screen appeared to have been removed from a window, suggesting somebody had fled out of the window, Clauson noted.

The man and woman said that there had been an argument, and the woman said that the second man who had been arguing was her boyfriend, who had fled the apartment. While the argument between the men wasn’t a crime, the suspected narcotics that were visible inside the apartment resulted in the duo being arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, according to Clauson. The Eagan man was uncooperative when being told he was being arrested and was also booked for obstructing a police officer, she noted.

An officer verified by phone that the apartment tenant had given permission to the duo to be at her apartment, even though she wasn’t there. She said that she was staying at an area hotel because of the anxiety her guests were causing her, Clauson said.

Wallet theft

A 30-year-old Hopkins woman is accused of stealing a classmate’s purse and using a credit card within it to make a purchase at Walmart.

The suspect was arrested at Empire Beauty School, 9749 Lyndale Ave., May 3. She is suspected of stealing the wallet of a 19-year-old Savage woman on April 24.

The victim had set her purse at her work station during the afternoon and covered it with her jacket. She was working elsewhere in the building and later discovered that her wallet, which contained $50 and two credit cards, was missing from her purse. Her credit card account records showed that one of the cards was used at the Bloomington Walmart store to make a $100 purchase, according to Clauson.

A detective obtained video surveillance of the Walmart transaction, and an image from the video was shown to the victim. She recognized the perpetrator as a student at the school, resulting in the suspect’s arrest, Clauson explained.

Burglary arrest

A 28-year-old St. Paul man who appeared to be entering garages, houses or cars in southwest Blooming-ton was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Police officers were dispatched to the 11100 block of Harrison Avenue at approximately 7:45 p.m. April 30 following a report of suspicious activity. The suspect was reported to be roaming through the back yards of neighborhood homes and looking for unlocked doors, Clauson said.

Officers responding to the report spoke with area residents who reported that a man matching the description of the suspect had been spotted in the neighborhood. A police K-9 was brought to the neighborhood to help track the suspect, and he was found hiding in a yard on the 3700 block of 112th Street West, according to Clauson.

The man initially gave a false name to police officers when arrested on suspicion of burglary. His identity was determined through booking at the jail, and it was learned that he had two outstanding warrants, including one for motor vehicle theft, Clauson noted.

Witnesses said that the suspect had a backpack, but he didn’t have one in his possession at the time of his arrest. A search of the neighborhood located the backpack, however, which contained two credit cards, bank statements and checks that were not in his name, as well as several cellphone chargers, Clauson said. During booking, he was found to be in possession of suspected narcotics, Clauson said.

The suspect was also booked on suspicion of financial transaction card fraud, possession of a controlled substance and obstructing the legal process by giving a false name.