Police bust bars for selling to minors

Sarah McKenzie

Minneapolis police cited Mac’s Sports Bar and Grill, located at 301 Central Ave. S.E., with a liquor license violation for selling alcohol to an undercover minor Wednesday, July 8.
Police cited Frances M. Schroepfner, 32, an employee of the establishment, for the violation. Schroepfner and the restaurant are required to pay an undisclosed fine.
Minneapolis Police Sgts. Greg Reinhardt and Janee Harteau checked the bar as part of an effort to crack down on establishments not complying with liquor license requirements.
“We want to go after both the sellers and the buyers,” Reinhardt said.
Reinhardt said a sting operation has been in effect for the past month throughout Minneapolis. The officers use 18- to 20-year-old decoys who try to buy alcohol without identification.
Reinhardt and Harteau have checked more than 90 bars, convenience stores and restaurants that serve alcohol.
Although establishments checked are evenly distributed throughout the city, Reinhardt said, Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis have a higher concentration of bars.
Penny Parrish, a spokeswoman for the Minneapolis police, said compilation of statistics from the sting operation will be complete late next week.

In other police news:
ù A man described to be in his early 20s allegedly sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman Saturday morning along East River Road on the East Bank.
The man allegedly pulled down the woman’s shorts and then ran away when the woman turned around to strike back at him, said University Police Officer Erik Swanson.
The incident occurred one block away from Arlington Street near Elliot Hall. Police have no suspects in the assault.
University Police did not release the victim’s name Tuesday because the investigation is pending.
Swanson said the woman described the assailant as a young man who appeared to be a college student.
“I think the man was kind of surprised when she turned around to retaliate against him,” Swanson said. “He was not bargaining for that.”
Gardeners and janitors working in the area did not see anyone suspicious around the time of the incident, Swanson said.

ù Employees working in Moos Tower and the Phillips-Wangensteen building say purse and laptop snatching is on the rise.
Over the past three weeks, half a dozen employees reported wallets, purses and personal laptop computers stolen.
Lisa Sheehy, an office specialist for the pediatrics department, said the number of thefts has become an epidemic.
“Someone is making their living off of this,” Sheehy said. “They seem pretty bold.”
Sheehy said the thieves simply walk into unlocked offices, grab wallets or purses from file cabinets and take off. She has worked at the University for more than four years and said the number of thefts has never been this high.
Laura Wolf, a secretary for the gene therapy department for one year, said someone stole her wallet two weeks ago. Her office is located in the Phillips-Wangensteen building near Sheehy’s office.
The thief slipped away with her checkbook and $10.
“This has been unusual and unexpected,” Wolf said, noting the large number of office thefts in the past month.
On the 16th floor of Moos tower, wallets have also been reported stolen.
Dr. Pascal Magne, a visiting professor in dentistry, had his wallet containing $500 in cash stolen July 1 in the late afternoon.
“The thief was really professional,” Magne said.
Magne said he left his office unattended for only 10 to 15 minutes. He called University Police immediately after the incident.
The wallet was later found in a residential mailbox, minus the cash.
Magne keeps his wallet locked up now, but said locking his door is a nuisance for other employees who also access their office spaces through the same door.

ù Minneapolis police responded to an alleged assault early Friday morning in Dinkytown.
The incident occurred at 1214 4th St. S.E., a two-story apartment complex. Anthony Hayward, 26, was allegedly assaulted with a knife at 1:40 a.m.
Police have not charged anyone in connection with the assault.