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Blotter: Eliot Building Vandalized

A worker found smashed glass, splattered paint inside the vacant community center.

Editor's Note: The following incidents occurred between May 18 and May 23, and were included in the most recent weekly report, sent out on June 2. Specific details come from individual incident reports maintained by the department.

On May 20, a maintenance worker at the vacant Eliot Community Center reported that the building had been vandalized, as he found shattered glass and splattered paint throughout. The worker said it was the first time he had been in the building in a week.

Three separate footprints were discovered inside, but no suspects have been identified.

A specific damage amount was not listed in the report.

The St. Louis Park School District closed the building in February 2010, and the district and the city have been for the site since.

Here are other recent reports from the St. Louis Park Police Department:

May 18- A 35-year-old male was hit by a red truck while jogging in the 5800 block of Excelsior Boulevard. The man sustained injuries to his right calf and a finger, and was treated on scene. The driver drove away from the scene, and two nearby witnesses were not able to catch the license plate.

May 20- Graffiti was reported at the warming house at . No suspects have been indentified.

May 20- A 29-year-old male reported that someone broke into his garage in the 3700 block of Quebec Avenue, took a crowbar from inside, and then used it to break into his car and steal $100 in cash. The damage to the vehicle was reported at more than $1,000. No suspects have been reported.

May 20- A 1999 gray Chevrolet Tahoe was reported stolen from the Jim Lupient Bargain Lot (6905 Wayzata Boulevard). The vehicle is valued at $6,000 and was unlocked with no keys inside while sitting at the dealership. No suspects have been identified.

May 20- Police responded to the on a report of a suspicious male rifling through drawers. Officers spoke to the man, 50, who said he was looking for a pen. Police searched the man and found no stolen property. He was cited for trespassing and escorted from the building.

May 21- A 27-year-old female reported that an old golf club set and a bike were stolen from an unlocked garage in the 1400 block of Jersey Avenue. The total value of the stolen items is roughly $650. No suspects have been identified.

May 21- An American flag was reported stolen overnight from a front yard flagpole in the 4000 block of Xenwood Avenue. No suspects have been identified.

May 22- Officers broke up an early-morning fight at the and cited two women, ages 31 and 34, with disorderly conduct. Both women had been drinking and started arguing as they walked outside a bar. They declined to file charges against each other and declined medical treatment.

May 23- A burglary at an office park in the 1600 block of Highway 100 was reported. Two laptops worth nearly $3,000 total were stolen. Inside windows to a number of offices were smashed, and police believe that a fire extinguisher—which had been removed from its case—might have been used. A surveillance camera was also damaged. No suspects have been identified.

May 23- An American flag was reported stolen from outside the parish house of . A number of beer cans were also found scattered on the lawn. No suspects have been identified.

May 23- A burglary was reported at Honey Nails (3916 Excelsior Boulevard). Two laptops worth $800 total were stolen. Several witnesses said they saw three black males in their 30s running from the building. One of the men was described as being bald and wearing a gold sweatshirt or jacket; the other two were reportedly wearing dark hooded sweatshirts. Another witness reported that the men possibly left the scene in a gold Buick.

Be sure to check with St. Louis Park Patch for daily reports from the St. Louis Park Police Department.

Heather G June 07, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Mean people stink.

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