The following crime incidents were compiled from Saint Paul and Mendota Heights police department reports and other sources.

Man charged with toppling Columbus statue at state Capitol

Michael Anthony Forcia, 56, of New Brighton was charged by the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office on August 13 with felony criminal damage to property in connection with pulling down the Christopher Columbus statue in front of the state Capitol.

According to the complaint, the Minnesota State Patrol received information on the morning of June 10 that Forcia organized a 5 p.m. event via social media to topple the statue. When troopers arrived by 4 p.m., they observed Forcia and another individual by the statue holding a flag.

Forcia reportedly stated that requests by Native Americans to have the statue removed had been ignored for 20 years. He was informed by a patrol captain about the process for removing monuments on the Capitol complex, but Forcia insisted that the statue would come down that day.

By 4:52 p.m. a large crowd had gathered around the statue and by 5:01 p.m. it was pulled to the ground. Forcia reportedly declined to name others involved in the protest. The estimated cost to repair the damage was $154,553.

The Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board is reviewing artwork at the Capitol and is expected to vote to remove or replace the Columbus statue. If removed, the Minnesota Historical Society reportedly will take possession and determine the statue’s future.

Highland Park

Robbery—A strong-arm robbery was reported on the 2100 block of Pinehurst Avenue at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 28.

 

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Burglary—Commercial burglaries occurred on the 2400 block of West Seventh Street on July 18, the 2200 block of Ford Parkway on July 20, the 2500 block of Stewart Avenue on July 27, the 2300 block of West Seventh on July 30, and the 800 block of South Cleveland Avenue on August 1.

—Residential break-ins were reported on the 2000 block of Pinehurst Avenue at 5:31 p.m. Sunday, July 19; and on the 600 block of South Snelling Avenue at 12:20 a.m. Monday, August 3.

Theft—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from vehicles on the 2000 block of Thure Avenue on July 16, on Cleveland and Pinehurst avenues on July 22, the 600 block of South Mississippi River Boulevard on July 24, the 600 block of Saratoga Street on July 25, the 2000 block of Shepard Road on July 29, the 2200 block of Youngman Avenue on August 5, and the 2100 block of Ford Parkway on August 5.

—Two vehicles were stolen on the 1000 block of South Prior Avenue on July 16, and four vehicles were stolen on the 700-900 blocks of South Cleveland Avenue between July 17-19.

—Vehicles also were reported stolen on the 1700 block of West Seventh Street on July 25, the 2000 block of Ford Parkway on July 30, the 1800 block of Graham Avenue on July 30, the 2100 block of West Seventh on August 3, the 1700 block of Graham on August 3 and the 1700 block of Yorkshire Avenue on August 4.

Assault—An aggravated assault with a knife was reported on the 2500 block of West Seventh Street at 2:13 a.m. Monday, July 27.

Sex crime—A rape was reported on the 1400 block of South Mississippi River Boulevard at 10:57 a.m. Wednesday, August 5.

Arson—An arson fire was reported on the 1300 block of East Maynard Drive at 7:31 a.m. Thursday, July 23.

Lexington-Hamline

Burglary—Burglaries were reported on the 1300 block of University Avenue on July 29 and August 5, and on the 1100 block of Hague Avenue on August 1.

Theft—Three vehicles were reported stolen on the 1100-1300 blocks of University Avenue on July 23.

Macalester-Groveland

Robbery—Robberies at gunpoint were reported on the 2000 block of Grand Avenue at 3:51 and 5:39 a.m. Saturday, August 1.

Burglary—Commercial break-ins were reported on the 1700 block of Grand Avenue at 8 p.m. Monday, July 20; the 200 block of South Hamline Avenue at 11:53 p.m. Saturday, July 25; and the 400 block of South Snelling Avenue at 11:45 p.m. Sunday, July 26.

—A residential burglary was reported on the 1400 block of Randolph Avenue at 4 a.m. Tuesday, August 4.

Theft—Vehicles were stolen on the 1800 block of Goodrich Avenue on July 26, and on Cretin and Grand avenues on July 31.

—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from two vehicles on the 1400 blocks of Palace and Berkeley avenues on July 28-29.

Mendota Heights

Burglary—A burglary took place on the 900 block of Highway 13 at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 4.

Theft—The catalytic converter was reported stolen from a vehicle on the 1000 block of Chippewa Avenue at 12:17 p.m. Monday, August 3.

—Two political lawn signs were reported stolen from a yard on the 600 block of Mendota Road at 7:03 a.m. Tuesday, August 4.

—Several items were reported stolen from a trailer on the 1400 block of Highway 13 at 2:24 p.m. Tuesday, August 4. The loss was estimated at $1,500.

—All four wheels were stolen from a vehicle on the 2300 block of Lexington Avenue during the evening of August 4-5.

—A compound bow was reported stolen from a vehicle on the 1800 block of Walsh Lane at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 6.

Sex crime—A woman said that she was walking on Lilydale Road when a male jumped out of the woods and exposed himself at 2:39 p.m. Wednesday, August 5. The woman was able to give a detailed description of the man and he was cited for indecent exposure.

Merriam Park

Burglary—Residential burglaries were reported on the 1700 block of Selby Avenue at 4:32 p.m. Monday, July 20; and on the 2300 block of Marshall Avenue at 6:30 a.m. Monday, July 27.

—A commercial break-in was reported on the 2000 block of Marshall Avenue at 3:30 a.m. Monday, August 3.

Theft—Vehicles were stolen on the 2000 block of Carroll Avenue on July 22, the 1900 block of University Avenue on July 24, the 400 block of North Wheeler Street on July 25, on Cleveland and Selby avenues on July 30, the 2100 block of Marshall Avenue on July 31, on Cleveland and Ashland avenues on August 2, and the 2000 block of Dayton Avenue on August 5.

—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from vehicles on the 500 block of Otis Avenue on July 20, on Cleveland and Marshall avenues on July 23, and on Mississippi River Boulevard and Summit Avenue on July 24.

Snelling-Hamline

Robbery—A robbery at knifepoint was reported on Pascal Street and Saint Anthony Avenue at 1:27 a.m. Tuesday, July 21.

Burglary—Burglaries were reported on the 1400 block of University Avenue at 11:38 a.m. Thursday, July 16; the 1400 block of Summit Avenue at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, July 26; and the 200 block of North Snelling Avenue at 10:29 a.m. Wednesday, July 29.

Theft—A vehicle was stolen on the 1500 block of Selby Avenue on July 17.

Summit Hill

Robbery—A strong-arm robbery was reported on Grand Avenue and Milton Street at 8:02 a.m. Tuesday, July 29.

Burglary—A residential break-in was reported on the 300 block of Grand Avenue at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, July 16.

—Commercial break-ins were reported on the 600 block of Grand Avenue at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18, and the 700 block of Grand at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 26.

Theft—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from vehicles on the 800 block of Grand Avenue on July 16, on Saint Albans Street and Summit Avenue on July 18, on the 200 block of South Lexington Parkway on July 25, on the 100 block of Grand on July 31, on Benhill Road and Lombard Avenue on August 1, and on the 1000 block of Lombard on August 2.

—Vehicles were reported stolen on Lincoln Avenue and Lexington on July 19 and 20, the 900 block of Linwood Avenue on July 27, and the 100 block of South Dunlap Street on July 28.

Summit-University

Robbery—A robbery at gunpoint was reported on the 300 block of North Lexington Parkway at 8:13 a.m. Friday, July 17.

—A strong-arm robbery was reported on the 300 block of Laurel Avenue at 10:43 p.m. Thursday, July 23.

Burglary—Residential burglaries were reported on the 200 block of Dayton Avenue at noon Friday, July 24; and on the 800 block of Hague Avenue at 9 p.m. Sunday, August 2.

Assault—Aggravated assaults with a gun were reported on Kent Street and Portland Avenue at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21; and on Louis Street and Marshall Avenue at 1:35 a.m. Thursday, July 31.

Theft—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from vehicles on Kent Street and Summit Avenue on July 16, the 800 block of Marshall Avenue on July 27, the 600 block of Iglehart Avenue on August 1, and the 1000 block of Ashland Avenue on August 3.  

—Vehicles were reported stolen on Summit Court near Summit Lane on July 18, on Concordia Avenue and Grotto Street on July 18, the 200 block of Dayton Avenue on July 22, the 1000 block of Carroll Avenue on July 25 and 28, the 800 block of Holly Avenue on July 31, the 300 block of Lexington Parkway on August 1, on the 400 block of Ashland Avenue on August 2, the 300-500 blocks of Dayton on August 3 and 4, and the 700 block of Carroll on August 4.

West End

Burglary—Two commercial break-ins were reported on the 200 block of Grand Avenue during the early mornings of August 4 and 5.

Theft—Vehicles were reported stolen on the 100 block of West Seventh Street on July 28, and the 100 block of Forbes Avenue on July 31.

—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from vehicles on the 200 block of Goodrich Avenue on August 3, and the 200 block of Spring Street on August 5.

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