Duo breaks into Bloomington apartment of woman’s ex-boyfriend

A 33-year-old Maplewood woman and a 29-year-old Eagan man were arrested at a Bloomington apartment building, accused of burglary, violating an order for protection and threatening a 30-year-old Cottage Grove woman.

The suspects are accused of breaking into the apartment of the Maplewood woman’s former boyfriend, a 36-year-old Bloomington man who lives on the 4500 block of West 80th Street. The woman has a key to the apartment, but she also has an order for protection against her, which prohibits her from entering the apartment complex of her ex-boyfriend, according to Bloomington Deputy Chief Denis Otterness.

Bloomington police officers were dispatched to the apartment building shortly before 11 a.m. June 7. The Cottage Grove woman reported a burglary and met with police officers at the apartment complex. She said that she was alone in the ex-boyfriend’s apartment when the Maplewood woman attempted to enter using a key to the apartment. The door was latched closed, however, and the suspect is accused of breaking the latch to gain entry to the apartment, according to Otterness.

The victim reported that she was in the apartment bathroom when the duo made entry. The Maplewood woman found her in the bathroom and threatened to assault her. She allegedly told the victim she was going to stab her with a knife, Otterness noted.

The victim fled the apartment and called the police. Officers responding to the call met with the victim and made entry into the apartment. They found the broken door latch on the kitchen counter and the suspects in the bedroom. The duo was arrested, and it was verified that the Maplewood woman was prohibited from being at the apartment building. The Bloomington resident was not at the apartment during the incident, Otterness said.

The Maplewood woman was booked on suspicion of felony burglary, threatening violence and violating an order for protection. The Eagan man was also booked on suspicion of felony burglary.

Motel mischief

A 19-year-old man with no permanent address and his 15-year-old companion were arrested on suspicion of third-degree burglary following an incident at a Bloomington motel.

Police officers were dispatched to Microtel Inn & Suites, 801 E. 78th St., shortly after 10:30 p.m. June 6. A motel employee called to report that a man had jumped over the counter and attempted to steal cash from the motel’s register, according to Otterness.

The employee was in an adjacent office to the motel’s front desk and saw the man jump over the counter through the motel’s surveillance system. The employee confronted the man, who jumped the counter again and fled the building, Otterness said.

The surveillance video not only provided an image of the suspect, but also the image of the 15-year-old Apple Valley boy who was watching the scene unfold from the front window of the building, according to Otterness.

The Apple Valley boy was located a few blocks from the motel. A police department K-9 was brought in to track down the man who jumped the counter, and he was found hiding in a trash dumpster blocks away, Otterness noted.

Both suspects were booked on suspicion of third-degree burglary. The 19-year-old man was also booked for three warrants regarding possession of stolen property, burglary and check forgery.

Car trouble

A 41-year-old Burnsville man accused of bouncing a check he issued for the down payment of a $29,000 automobile ran out of luck when he drove the vehicle to Mall of America.

The suspect was arrested during the morning of June 2 after a license plate scanner at the mall identified a 2014 Mercedes-Benz C300 as a vehicle reported stolen in Bloomington. Officers responding to the report located the unoccupied vehicle in a surface parking lot outside the L.L. Bean store, according to Otterness.

Officers set up surveillance of the vehicle and had a photo of the suspect. Shortly before 11 a.m. the suspect approached the vehicle, opened the trunk and entered the vehicle. Officers then approached the vehicle and detained the man, eventually arresting him, Otterness said.

The suspect is reported to have purchased the vehicle from Feldman Imports, 4901 American Blvd. W., in late January, and paid for a portion of the vehicle’s down payment by check. The check was returned to the dealership due to insufficient funds, and efforts by the dealership to contact the suspect regarding the bad check were unsuccessful, Otterness explained.

Drunk driving

Two men were arrested for first-degree driving while impaired during separate incidents hours apart.

A 28-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. June 4. He was driving eastbound on Old Shakopee Road near Nord Avenue when he was stopped for a traffic violation. He was found to have a 5-year-old child in the vehicle who was unrestrained while sitting in a child seat, and an odor of alcohol emanated from the vehicle, Otterness said.

The suspect said he was driving home from his brother’s house and denied consuming alcohol. He declined to take a preliminary breath test, but consented to field sobriety tests. Following his poor performance, he consented to a breath test and was arrested at the scene. A grandparent who lived nearby was contacted and took custody of the child, according to Otterness.

At the police station, the suspect took a breath test that showed a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.12, Otterness noted.

The suspect was booked on suspicion of first-degree DWI as a result of having three DWI convictions in the past 10 years. He was convicted in cases from 2007, 2008 and 2009, and his 2011 Ford Fusion is being held for forfeiture as a result of the current case, Otterness said.

A 41-year-old Bloomington man was arrested shortly after 5 a.m. when a police officer working on an auto theft detail spotted the man making an illegal turn.

The suspect had exited eastbound Interstate 494 at Portland Avenue and turned right on a red light, which is prohibited at the off-ramp, Otterness noted.

The officer conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and could smell a strong odor of alcohol when speaking to the suspect. The suspect said he had consumed alcohol during the previous evening, according to Otterness.

The suspect failed field sobriety tests, however, and was arrested on suspicion of DWI. He was booked for first-degree DWI due to a previous first-degree conviction in 2005, Otterness said, noting that the suspect’s blood-alcohol concentration was 0.13 at the police station.

The suspect’s vehicle, a 2004 Subaru Legacy, is being held pending forfeiture. The suspect said he had purchased the vehicle a day prior to his arrest, Otterness added.