May Crime Reports: Linden Hills, Fulton, Armatage, Kenny, Lynnhurst

May 2 At about 8:40 a.m., a male exposed himself to a victim while standing in the driveway of a home on the 4600 block of Drew in Linden Hills. The suspect had his sweatpants down around his ankles. The suspect went westbound on 47th St and was gone when police arrived.

On May 10, 26-year-old Travis Scott Hanson was arrested for probable cause felony indecent exposure. Hanson was positively identified by an adult female victim. Hanson was subsequently released pending criminal complaint. Hanson has a prior conviction in Washington County for 3rd degree felony possession of drugs. 

The Minneapolis Police department asks that residents contact the 5th Precinct at 673-5715 with any additional information about this individual. Please call 911 immediately when you see suspicious persons, vehicles, and/or activity in your neighborhood.

May 26 At approximately 1:45 p.m. a suspicious vehicle was seen in an alley near 49th Street W. between Penn and Queen Avenues. A faded red, older model sedan, possible a Honda Accord or similar pulled up next to an 11 year old female who was taking a walk. The driver of the vehicle, a white male, approximately 25-30 years old, scarring or pockmarks on face, with a brown crew cut, medium build wearing a brown t-shirt asked the girl if she wanted a ride. She said no and walked away. The area was checked but officers were unable to locate the vehicle or suspect.

The following are some tips for parents when talking to their children regarding strangers:

1. Teach your child(ren) your address and phone number, including the area code. Instruct your child(ren) on how to use the telephone to call home, and in an emergency, 911.

2. Keep an updated file on your child, including a photograph and physical description. If your child is under two years of age, you should update the information at least four times each year.

3. Pay close attention to the clothing your child is wearing each day and never display your child's name on his/or clothes or books. Children will often respond to strangers who call them by name.

4. Make sure your child knows what to do should you become separated in a public place. Your child should immediately make a report to a facility employee and should not attempt to search for you.

5. Select a secret code word that only you and your child know. Tell your child never to go with anyone who does not know this code.

6. Keep a set of your child's footprints, fingerprints and dental records.

7. Leave instructions with your child's school to notify you immediately if he/she is absent and provide them with written information on which people are authorized to pick your child up after school.

8. Educate your children on the many tactics used by abductors to lure them away. Teach them to immediately leave the area if a stranger is present. If your child is grabbed, instruct your child to yell "fire" (or "stranger") People are more likely to respond to those shouts than to cries of "help."

9. Survey the recreation and school routes your child uses. Point out any dangerous areas such as vacant lots, alleyways, busy streets, etc. Teach your child what to do should he/she be followed.

10. Join or organize a "safe home" program with your neighbors to establish secure homes where your children can go for help.

For questions, contact: Amy Lavender, Crime Prevention Specialist, Minneapolis Police Department, 5th Precinct (612) 673-5407   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Forced entry property crimes

May 1 Between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., an unknown suspect entered a vehicle which was parked in front of a home on the 4000 block of Ewing in Linden Hills, rummaged through it, and took an iPod. The victim reported that the vehicle was entered again on May 3 with no loss.

May 7 Between 8:25 a.m. and midnight, an unknown suspect entered a vehicle which was parked on the street on the 6000 block of Logan in Armatage and rummaged through it. There was no damage to the vehicle.

May 11 Between 10 p.m. and 10 a.m., an apartment on the 4400 block of Upton in Linden Hills was burglarized.

May 12 Between May 12 and 16, an unknown suspect attempted to unlock the front door of Vintage Studio, 3016 West 50th St. No entry was made.

May 13 During various nights between May 13 and 22, unknown suspect(s) stole plants, cushions, garden ornaments, and a shrub from an address on the 4700 block of Chowen.

May 15 Between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., a home on the 6000 block of Morgan in Armatage was burglarized.

May 17 Between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., an unknown suspect unscrewed and stole a bumper of a vehicle which was parked at 45th & Ewing in Linden Hills.

May 19 Between 8:30 and 10 p.m., an unknown suspect broke the front passenger side window of a vehicle which was parked in the parking lot east of France Ave and south of 50th St and took unlisted item(s). At about 12:50 p.m. on May 20, a purse belonging to the victim which was taken from the vehicle was recovered in a recylcing bin behind 4301 Blaisdell Ave. The victim's name was on a receipt inside the purse.

May 21 Between 7 p.m. May 21 and 8:40 p.m. May 22, unknown suspect(s) took plants and yard ornaments from the front yard of a home on the 4500 block of Washburn in Linden Hills.

May 21 Between 9 p.m. and 8:15 a.m., a motor vehicle was stolen from an address on the 5300 block of Morgan in Lynnhurst.

May 21 Between May 21 and 23, an unknown suspect entered and rummaged through a vehicle which was parked at an address on the 5300 block of Logan in Lynnhurst and took a GPS unit. The victim found the vehicle unlocked.

May 21 During various nights from May 21 to 24, unknown suspect(s) took flowers, a pot, and a statue from the front yard of a home on the 4500 block of York in Linden Hills.

May 22 Between 4:30 and 7 a.m., an unknown suspect stole a catalytic converter from a vehicle which was parked in the lot at Mount Olivet Church, 5025 Knox Ave in Lynnhurst. The converter was valued at $500 to $700.

May 24 Between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., an unknown suspect forced entry to a garage on the 5300 block of Fremont in Lynnhurst, ransacked the vehicles which were parked inside, and took a car stereo from one of them.

May 24 Between 11 p.m. and 5:15 a.m., an unknown suspect gained access to a garage on the 4900 block of Drew and took unlisted items.

May 25 Between May 25 and 29, an unknown suspect entered an open garage on the 5300 block of Russell and stole a bike. The garage door was open when residents were home.

May 25 Between 10:05 and 11:15 a.m., an unknown suspect smashed a window of a vehicle which was parked at 44th & Upton in Linden Hills and took an iPad.

May 26 Between 11 p.m. and 11:30 a.m., an unknown suspect broke the passenger side window of a vehicle which was parked in the driveway of a home on the 4700 block of Bryant in Lynnhurst and took a GPS unit.

May 29 Between 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., unknown suspect(s) took plants and holders from the front yard of a home on the 4100 block of Chowen in Linden Hills.

May 30 Between 1 and 8 a.m., unknown suspect(s) took a house plant from the open porch of a home on the 4200 block of Chowen in Linden Hills.

June 1 Between 11:30 p.m. and 7:40 a.m., a garage on the 4900 block of Sheridan was burglarized.

June 1 Between 11:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., an unknown suspect broke the passenger side window of a vehicle which was parked in front of a home on the 4600 block of Vincent in Linden Hills and took an iPod.

June 3 Between June 3 and 7, an unknown suspect forced entry to a garage on the 5800 block of Girard in Kenny via a locked service door and stole tools.

June 8 Between 1:00 and 1:25 p.m., a burglary of dwelling occurred on the 5500 block of Penn in Armatage.

June 9 Between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m., an unknown suspect stole a vehicle which was parked on the street on the 5100 block of Irving in Lynnhurst.

Unsecured property

May 8 Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., an unknown suspect entered an unlocked vehicle which was parked in front of a home on the 4100 block of Ewing in Linden Hills. There was no information about the loss.

May 17 Between May 17 and 21, an unknown suspect entered a garage on the 5700 block of Oliver in Armatage through an open overhead door and took unlisted items. A resident left the door open during these days while working in the yard in order to have easy access to tools.

May 18 Between May 18 and 20, an unknown suspect stole a bike from the south side of a home on the 5300 block of Emerson in Lynnhurst.

May 22 Between 11:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., an unknown suspect entered and rummaged through an unlocked vehicle which was parked in the driveway of a home on the 5600 block of Oliver in Armatage and took sunglasses. The victim noted that this was the second incident in three weeks.

May 24 Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., an unknown suspect entered a vehicle which was parked at an address on the 4300 block of Chowen in Linden Hills and took a GPS unit, an iPod, and $3 change. There was no sign of forced entry.

June 9 Between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m., an unknown suspect rummaged through an unlocked vehicle which was parked in front of an addresss on the 5100 block of Irving in Lynnhurst and took $20 cash. The suspect also rummaged through a vehicle which was parked in the rear driveway at the same address, but no loss was reported.

Other incidents

May 12 At about 1:10 p.m., staff at Settergren Ace Hardware, 5405 Penn Ave, caught a person who was shoplifting. 36-year-old Traci Lee Gilbert of Oakdale was cited for theft. Gilbert has prior convictions in Minnesotia for a misdemeanor drug violation and theft (2).

May 18 At about 9:55 p.m., officers were flagged down at 38th & Upton in Linden Hills regarding a robbery of person. Officers chased a suspect on foot and later took him into custody. A 14-year-old male was arrested for robbery.

May 20 At about 1:40 a.m., officers at 39th & Thomas in Linden Hills cited four 17-year-old males for curfew violation and transported them to the Juvenile Service Center.

May 22 At about 6:10 p.m., police at Thomas Beach, 3700 Thomas Ave in Linden Hills, cited 22-year-old Raul Phillips of New Hope for possession of drug paraphernalia.

May 22 At about 6:25 p.m., police at Thomas Beach, 3700 Thomas Ave in Linden Hills, cited 27-year-old Carly Jewel Henderson of Edina and 25-year-old Michael Joseph Reiter of St Paul for possession of liquor in a park.

May 22 At about 6:30 p.m., police at Thomas Beach, 3700 Thomas Ave in Linden Hills, cited 23-year-old Mark Christopher McAllister of New Hope for possession of liquor in a park and prohibited language and conduct and cited 20-year-old Ryan Patrick O'Connell of Minnetonka for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

May 23 At about 10:45 p.m., officers responded to a possible burglary in progress at an address on the 5600 block of Dupont in Kenny. Officers found a suspect a few blocks away who was running and cutting through several yards. Officers chased the suspect on foot and apprehended him. A 17-year-old male was cited for a curfew violation and fleeing police on foot. The suspect was transported home. The burglary proved to be unfounded.

May 24 At about 11:30 a.m., a suspect entered a home on the 5600 block of Upton in Armatage without permission. The suspect fled in a vehicle. The victim reported no loss.

May 27 At about 1:35 a.m., police stopped a vehicle traveling northbound which failed to stop for a Stop sign at 51st & Xerxes. The driver, a 17-year-old female, and a backseat passenger, a 17-year-old male, were cited for curfew violation.

May 30 At about 1 p.m., officers at Thomas Beach, 3700 Thomas Ave in Linden Hills, cited 20-year-old Charles Francis Ellson and 21-year-old Luke Weir Bastiansen, both of Excelsior, for possession of liquor in a park.

June 2 At about 10:25 a.m., officers approached two males who were sitting on a bench at Thomas Beach, 3700 Thomas Ave in Linden Hills, holding Sprite bottles. When they saw the officers, one of the males walked away and set the bottle in the grass while the other male set the bottle on the bench. Both of the Sprite bottles contained alcohol. Officers noted that it is common for people to put liquor in non-liquor containers to disguise what they are drinking. 45-year-old Abdulahi Olad Nur of 1530 South 6th St and 35-year-old Roble Madar of Apple Valley were cited for possession of liquor in a park.

June 4 At about 6:20 p.m. officers at Thomas Beach, West Calhoun Parkway& Thomas Ave in Linden Hills, cited 21-year-old Gasper David Andrew Abeyta of Plymouth, 20-year-old Dylan Douglas Johnson of Fridley, and 19-year-old Jarred Alexander Letofsky of Osseo for consuming alcohol in public. The suspects had open 12-oz cans of Miller Lite beer.

June 4 At about 6:40 p.m., officers at Thomas Beach, 3700 Thomas Ave in Linden Hills, cited 18-year-old Jasmine Rebecca Wilkins of Bloomington for possession of liquor by a minor and possession of liquor in a park. The suspect was carrying two open bottles of beer.

June 6 At about 2:10 p.m., officers at Thomas Beach, 3700 Thomas Ave in Linden Hills, cited 21-year-old Dayne Geier of Sparta, WI, and 22-year-old David Charles Mueller of Green Bay, WI, for possession of liquor in a park.

June 9 At about 6:45 p.m., officers at Thomas Beach, West Calhoun Parkway& Thomas Ave in Linden Hills, cited 27-year-old Loren Jon Peterson of Plymouth and 26-year-old Brandon Michael Sigmundik of 1100 25th Ave SE for possession of liquor in a park. The suspects were standing around a cooler containing empty and unopened cans of beer.

June 9 At about 6:55 p.m., officers at Thomas Beach, West Calhoun Parkway& Thomas Ave in Linden Hills, cited 26-year-old Martin Trinidad-Osorio of 2407 Pierce St NE for possession of liquor in a park. The suspect was holding an open bottle of Miller Lite beer.

June 9 At about 7 p.m., officers at Thomas Beach, West Calhoun Parkway& Thomas Ave in Linden Hills, cited 19-year-old Myles Maurice Thomas of 4346 1st Ave South, 19-year-old Adam Jon DeLaCruz of New Hope, and 19-year-old Alec Oskar Persson of 3622 Newton Ave North for possession of liquor by a minor and possession of liquor in a park. The suspects were in possession of open cans of beer.

June 9 At about 7:05 p.m., officers at Thomas Beach, West Calhoun Parkway& Thomas Ave in Linden Hills, cited 23-year-old Alexandria Faith Corbett of 2300 Harriet Ave and 24-year-old Maria Louise Johnson of 3121 Colfax Ave South for possession of liquor in a park. The suspects were holding open bottles of beer.