Springtime crime on the rise in SE Minneapolis

Also, a man was arrested for DWI after a car accident Friday.

Andrew Penkalski

Southeast Minneapolis neighborhoods have been witnessing a spike in theft reports over the past several weeks. Twenty-one home burglaries have occurred in the precinctâÄôs off-campus neighborhoods since April 20, according to an April 29 crime alert released by the Minneapolis Police DepartmentâÄôs 2nd Precinct. Theft from motor vehicles has been a large problem in the past few weeks as well. 2nd Precinct Inspector Bryan Schafer said high-priced items such as iPods, GPS devices and laptops have been some of the most common stolen items. âÄúWeâÄôre encouraging people to take valuables out of their car,âÄù Schafer said. âÄúThis sort of thing is seasonal for us,âÄù he said. âÄúItâÄôs unfortunately typical springtime crime.âÄù Police respond to DWI call University of Minnesota police arrested a man Friday for driving while intoxicated after the suspectâÄôs crashed vehicle was found on Washington Avenue Southeast near Coffman Union. According to the police report, University police responded to reports of a personal injury accident in which a black Ford Explorer had crashed into the Washington Avenue median near the Church Street Southeast intersection at approximately 2:21 a.m. Upon arrival, the vehicle was empty, but the keys remained in the ignition. Officers eventually apprehended the suspect near Williamson Hall. âÄúLuckily, one of our police dispatchers was on her way home and witnessed the accident,âÄù University police Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said. When the officers returned the suspect to the location of the vehicle, it was confirmed that he was the owner. The suspect, identified as 25-year-old St. Louis Park resident Ahmed Ahmed, then became belligerent, swearing at the officers, calling them âÄúracistsâÄù several times and eventually throwing up in a patrol car, according to the report. Ahmed was eventually taken to University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview for a blood alcohol test, which showed Ahmed to have a BAC of 0.129. He was transported to Hennepin County Jail and booked for fourth-degree DWI.