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

Precious items in two car thefts are recovered

A vehicle containing a therapy dog named Miracle was stolen from outside Poke House & Tea Bar, 1570 Randolph Ave., around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 2. The owner reportedly left the car running with the dog inside and returned to find them gone. A plea went out to return the dog and police said that at around 8:40 p.m. the next day, a female knocked on the door of the owner’s home and handed Miracle over before walking away. The car, a black 2020 Hyundai Elantra with Texas plates, was still missing.

In another incident, a frantic woman reportedly waved down a squad car at 6:47 p.m. Sunday, February 7, saying her running and unlocked vehicle with her 6-year-old daughter inside was stolen while she went inside Walgreens on Randolph and Snelling avenues. Officers recovered the car minutes later on the 1600 block of Niles Avenue, but the child was still missing. A short time later, a woman called 911 to report that she had found a girl crying outside her house a block away on Juno Avenue. The child was recovered and was unharmed.

Saint Paul police reported that 263 cars were stolen in the city in January and that half of them were left running unattended. They said leaving a car running with the key in the ignition is not only an open invitation to thieves, but is illegal.

Highland Park

Robbery—Two robberies at gunpoint were reported between 1:06-1:15 a.m. Saturday, January 30, on the 1300 block of West Maynard Drive and the 700 block of Mount Curve Boulevard.

—Another pair of robberies at gunpoint were reported between 4:49-5:05 p.m. Monday, February 1, on the 2400 block of Benson Avenue and the 600 block of Kenneth Street.

—Minneapolis police arrested a 16-year-old male on February 2 who was believed to have been involved in the strong-arm robbery of the Talbots clothing store on South Cleveland Avenue in mid-January. Saint Paul officers picked up the suspect and booked him into the Juvenile Detention Center.

Burglary—A commercial break-in was reported on the 1200 block of Randolph Avenue at 8:07 a.m. Monday, February 1.

—Burglaries were reported on the 600 block of South Griggs Street on February 1, two incidents on the 2200 block of Ford Parkway on February 2, and another on the 500 block of South Saratoga Street on February 3.

—A 38-year-old man was seen breaking into a house on the 500 block of Warwick Street at 4:07 a.m. Tuesday, February 2. The suspect burst out of the front door and took off running after officers arrived, but was quickly apprehended. Police said the suspect had a lengthy criminal history and had recently been in jail.

Theft—Vehicles were reported stolen on the 2400 block of Stewart Avenue on January 26, on Rankin Street and Young Avenue on January 30, the 1700 block of Field Avenue on February 1, and the 1500 block of Randolph Avenue on February 2.

—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from vehicles on Davern Street and Edgcumbe Road on January 22, on Beechwood Avenue and Howell Street on January 25, the 1700 block of Sunnyslope Lane on January 25, the 1400 block of Randolph Avenue on January 26, the 1700 block of Saunders Avenue on January 28, two vehicles on the 1700 block of Scheffer Avenue on January 29, on Highland Parkway and Snelling Avenue on January 30, and on the 2000 block of Watson Avenue and the 1900 block of Graham Avenue on January 31.

Arson—An arson fire was reported on the 1300 block of West Maynard Drive at 7:36 p.m. Saturday, January 30.

Lexington-Hamline

Theft—Vehicles were reported stolen on the 200 block of North Lexington Parkway on January 30, the 1100 block of Portland Avenue on January 31, and two vehicles on Dayton Avenue and Griggs Street on February 1-2.

—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from a vehicle on Ashland Avenue and Griggs Street on January 31.

Macalester-Groveland

Burglary—Two burglaries were reported on the 1300 block of Grand Avenue between 8:40 a.m.-12:41 p.m. Tuesday, January 26.

—A pair of burglaries were reported on the 1400 block of Wellesley Avenue between 6:28-8:11 p.m. Thursday, January 28.

—A commercial break-in was reported on the 1800 block of Saint Clair Avenue at 1:56 a.m. Tuesday, February 2.

Theft—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from vehicles on the 1500 block of Wellesley Avenue on January 23, the 1900 block of Grand Avenue on January 24, on Lincoln Avenue and Macalester Street on January 26, the 1300 block of Osceola Avenue on January 26, and the 1800 block of James Avenue on February 1.

—A vehicle was reported stolen on the 1700 block of Grand Avenue on January 27.

—Three shoplifters were reported at a store on the 1500 block of Randolph Avenue at 1:49 a.m. Sunday, February 7. Two people were found with unpurchased items in a stolen vehicle outside, while the third was arrested inside and also had heroin and drug paraphernalia on her.

Mendota Heights

Theft—Several items were reported stolen from vehicles on the 600 block of Highway 62 on January 29, the 1000 block of Highway 13 on January 30, and the 1700 block of Lexington Avenue on January 31.

—Multiple trailers were reported stolen on the 2400 block of Enterprise Drive at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 30. Two of the trailers were recovered at a local hotel.

—Catalytic converters were reported stolen from vehicles on the 2400 block of Pilot Knob Road and the 2000 block of Centre Pointe Boulevard on February 2-3.

Sex crime—A sexual assault was reported on the 700 block of Plaza Drive at 9:41 a.m. Thursday, February 4.

Miscellaneous—Police responded to a report of a man lying on the ground with a weapon at 3:50 p.m. Sunday, January 24, in Valley Park on Marie Avenue. The man was pronounced dead and the case was under investigation.

Merriam Park

Robbery—A robbery at gunpoint was reported on Marshall Avenue and Wilder Street at 8:49 p.m. Friday, January 29.

Burglary—A home break-in was reported on the 2100 block of Roblyn Avenue at noon Monday, January 25. The homeowner reported having been gone for less than two hours when someone broke the glass in the front door to gain entrance and steal several items.

—University of Saint Thomas security discovered that the Chapel of Saint Thomas Aquinas had been broken into and the glass in the sacristy door had been smashed during the evening of January 26-27. A 27-year-old man was found hiding in a closet. He was taken into custody without incident.

Theft—Vehicles were reported stolen on the 1800 block of Feronia Avenue on January 21, the 200 block of North Wilder Street and 2200 block of Marshall Avenue on January 25, the 100 block of Exeter Place on January 25, the 1700 block of Marshall and 300 block of North Cleveland Avenue on January 26, on Dayton Avenue and Exeter on January 26, the 1700 block of Marshall on January 26, two vehicles on the 2200 block of Saint Anthony Avenue on January 29, and the 1900 block of University Avenue and 1800 block of Carroll Avenue on January 31.

—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from vehicles on the 1900 block of Laurel Avenue on January 23, on Iglehart and Prior avenues on January 26, the 1900 block of Marshall Avenue on January 29, on Cretin and Selby avenues on January 29, and the 300 block of Mississippi River Boulevard on January 30.

Assault—An aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon was reported on the 2000 block of Summit Avenue at 2 a.m. Wednesday, January 27.

Snelling-Hamline

Burglary—Commercial break-ins were reported between 5:53-9:15 a.m. Thursday, January 20, on the 100 block of North Snelling Avenue and the 1300 block of University Avenue.

—Commercial burglaries also were reported between 12:27-2:03 a.m. Tuesday, January 26, on the 1400 block of Dayton Avenue and on Ayd Mill Road and Pascal Street.

Theft—A vehicle was reported stolen on the 1400 block of University Avenue on Friday, January 22.

Summit Hill

Robbery—A robbery at gunpoint was reported on the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue at 5:43 p.m. Thursday, January 28.

Theft—Vehicles were reported stolen on the 100 block of South Chatsworth Street on January 21, and the 900 block of Saint Clair Avenue on January 28.

—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from a vehicle on Dale Street and Grand Avenue on Thursday, January 28.

Summit-University

Robbery—Robberies at gunpoint were reported on the 500 block of Portland Avenue on January 25, and on the 400 block of Selby Avenue and the 100 block of North Western Avenue on January 29-30.

—A strong-arm robbery was reported on Oxford Street south of Ashland Avenue at 2:59 a.m. Wednesday, January 27.

Burglary—The safe was stolen from an upstairs office at the Gnome Craft Pub, 498 Selby Ave., at 3:19 a.m. Sunday, February 7. According to media reports, owner Brian Ingram said it was the fifth time one of his businesses had been burglarized in the last few months.

Theft—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from vehicles on the 800 block of Ashland Avenue on January 21, the 300 block of North Victoria Street and the 600 block of Portland Avenue on January 28, the 700 block of Holy Avenue on January 29, on Ashland Avenue and Victoria on January 31, and on the 900 block of Hague Avenue on February 1.

—Vehicles were reported stolen on Dale Street and Portland Avenue on January 21, the 400 block of Marshall Avenue and 300 block of Portland Avenue on January 25, the 500 block of Summit Avenue on January 25, two vehicles on the 400 block of Marshall on January 26, the 100 block of Kent Street on January 26, the 300 block of North Dale Street and 1000 block of Dayton Avenue on January 27, the 700 block of Summit on January 28, and on Milton Street and Saint Anthony Avenue on January 29.

Sex crime—Rasah Jutaun Taylor, 40, is a recently released Level III sexual offender who registered to live on the 900 block of Carroll Avenue in January. A community notification meeting about Taylor and other offenders may be held in the future. For more information, contact the Saint Paul Police Department at 651-266-5871 or 651-266-5617.

West End

Robbery—A strong-arm robbery was reported on Chatsworth Street and James Avenue at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 23.

Burglary—Commercial break-ins were reported on the 300 block of West Seventh Street on January 31, and on the 1400 block of West Seventh on February 2.

Theft—Several items valued at more than $1,000 were reported stolen from vehicles on the 700 block of Randolph Avenue on January 29, two vehicles on the 800 block of West Seventh Street on January 29, and the 300 block of Fulton Street on February 2.

—Vehicles were reported stolen on the 400 block of Goodhue and the 700 block of South Victoria streets on January 25, the 400 block of Bay and the 300 block of Daly streets on January 26, the 200 block of North Smith Avenue on January 27, on Jefferson Avenue and Victoria Street on February 2, and the 100 block of South Western Avenue on February 3.

Miscellaneous—Felony criminal damage to property was reported on the 100 block of Forbes Avenue at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, January 21.