Minneapolis police crack down on fake IDs at campus bars

Rocky Thompson

Minneapolis police cited seven people for possession of false or altered identification at The Library Bar & Grill the night of April 24.

“(Police) have been working with area bars to crack down on false IDs,” said George Medich, general manager at The Library.

He said last fall police checked IDs at the bar on three consecutive nights.

Bar staff refused entry to one student with an apparently fake California ID, according to the police report.

A police officer asked the student if the license belonged to him and if all the information on it was correct.

The student said yes, but police checked the license number and found it was registered to a woman living in California.

Police confiscated the ID and took the student’s picture before releasing him at the scene with a citation.

The bars and restaurants around campus are the jurisdiction of Minneapolis police, University Police Capt. Steve Johnson said.

In other police news:

A maroon and white EZ-GO golf cart stolen and abandoned April 20 behind Sanford Hall belonged to Institutional Relations and was used by University President Robert Bruininks, police said.

Johnson said police have no suspects and he does not know how much damage was done to the cart.

Police discovered the cart with a dismantled ignition and a cable lock attached to the steering wheel. The lock had apparently been unscrewed from a wall, according to the police report.

Rob Wilkinson, community service officer, said University police still have not identified the owners of another golf cart recovered near Peik Hall a few weeks earlier.

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Two University police officers responded to a report of a stray dog near the intersection of Essex and Oak streets southeast Tuesday night.

Passers-by caught a pit bull puppy, which University police transported to the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley.

Holly Lang, adoption supervisor in Golden Valley, said stray dogs from the University area are rare.

The pit bull is a 6- or 7-month-old female. The Humane Society will keep the dog until it is adopted, she said.

Lang said few dogs are picked up by their original owners, but after eight days the dogs are available for adoption.

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