Greenwood, MN

 

Public Safety Alerts

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNITY ALERT - AUGUST 23, 2017
HOME BURGLARIES AND THEFTS FROM AUTOS

Several people in west metro communities, including the communities of Excelsior, Shorewood, and Deephaven have reported being the victims of a burglary.

In MN, a burglary is when someone enters a building without consent and intends to commit a crime such as theft.

In the recently reported incidents, the suspects have gained access into the residence via open garage doors, unlocked service doors, and unlocked vehicles in the driveway with garage door openers inside. In one incident, a window was broken on a vehicle in the driveway, in order to use the garage door opener to gain access into the residence.

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department (SLMPD) is following up on leads, and is asking for the community’s assistance with:

  • Staying vigilant about securing homes and personal property.
  • Securing garage and service entry doors.
  • Do not leave garage door openers in vehicles.
  • If your vehicle has a permanently installed opener, then manually secure or lock your overhead garage door.
  • Call 911 immediately if you see or hear anything suspicious

These incidents have reportedly happened when the residents were inside sleeping. In the interest of public safety, we are asking that you do not attempt to apprehend any suspects. To date, there has not been any violent confrontations between victims and suspects, and the suspects have run away. We have no information that they have any intention for violence, and that quick grabs of electronics and purses are their main goal.

Please call 911 immediately if you suspect someone has entered your home or garage, or has attempted to. Additionally, if you suspect someone has been inside your vehicle, we ask that you report it as well. 

SLMPD detectives are working with other affected agencies in an effort to quickly identify and apprehend the persons responsible for these crimes.

If you have any information regarding these incidents, please contact SLMPD at tips@southlakepd.com.

For more information and up to date news, look for us online at www.southlakepd.com

 

PUBLIC SAFETY UPDATE - AUGUST 15, 2016
LEVEL III PREDATORY OFFENDER NO LONGER LIVING IN TONKA BAY

Christopher Bogan is no longer living in Tonka Bay. The community notification meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 6pm has been cancelled.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT - AUGUST 12, 2016
LEVEL III PREDATORY OFFENDER IN TONKA BAY (see above update)

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department is releasing information regarding Christopher Obrien Bogen (click on 2016 08-12 Bogan Fact Sheet and Notification of Release below) pursuant to Minnesota statutes 244.052. The offender is not wanted by the police at this time and has served the sentence imposed on him by the court. The notification is not intended to increase fear in the community. Law enforcement believes that an informed public is a safer public. A public information meeting will be held at 6pm on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the Southshore Center, 5735 Country Club Road, Shorewood. 

 

CRIME ALERT: IRS SCAM - AUGUST 4, 2016

In recent months, area residents have reported receiving phone calls purportedly from the IRS. It is important to note that the IRS does not call people out of the blue. If you actually owe any money to the IRS, they will send you a number of letters prior to any phone calls. The same goes for any Minnesota revenue departments.    

Here are five things the IRS will never do:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you receive any phone calls of this nature or the phone call includes any of the five things listed above, it is a SCAM. Never reveal any personal information over the phone, including your social security number or your credit card information. It is important to vigorously protect your personal information.

If you wish to make a report, the IRS recommends the following: If you know you don't owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov. You may file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant, choose “Other,” and then “Imposter Scams.”

Prepared by Mike Meehan, Chief of Police - South Lake Minnetonka Police Department 


LETTER TO THE EDITOR - September 15, 2015, Star-Tribune

GREENWOOD MURDER-SUICIDE

Thanks for the professionalism, resources in the face of a tragedy

On behalf of the city of Greenwood, I extend a heartfelt thank you for the outstanding police work regarding the Short family tragedy in Greenwood. I am grateful that the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Deephaven Police resources were available to come together during this unspeakable tragedy. Thank you for keeping the public informed, and thank you for your professional calmness as the facts of the case unfolded. It is comforting to know that “the finest” are working for us.

On behalf of the city of Greenwood, I also extend condolences to the friends and relatives of the Short family, co-workers, neighbors, and Minnetonka High School students and staff at this difficult time. The loss of an entire family in our community is heartbreaking.

DEBRA J. KIND; mayor, Greenwood

  

PRESS RELEASE – September 12, 2015

With the release of the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s reports, the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department can confirm that Short family death investigation is a murder / suicide. All evidence indicates Brian Short killed his family members in their bedrooms before turning the gun on himself. Although the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department received the welfare check on Thursday, September 10, the investigation estimates the killings occurred late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. At this point no notes or specific indications of motive have been discovered.

This is an ongoing homicide / death investigation by the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department with the assistance of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. There will be no further information released this weekend.

Prepared by Mike Siitari, Interim Chief of Police - South Lake Minnetonka Police Department 

 

PRESS RELEASE – September 11, 2015

The investigation of the apparent murder / suicide on Channel Drive in Greenwood is ongoing with all available resources. Preliminary investigation indicates all five victims died of apparent gunshot wounds. Four of the family members were found in their bedrooms. The husband, and father, was found in the lower level garage. At this point we cannot positively say who shot whom. The probable weapon was recovered at the scene. The Medical Examiner’s determination will answer that question.

This preliminary information is being released early in the investigation to reassure the community that there are no known safety issues. This is an ongoing homicide / death investigation that may be protracted. When additional information can be released we will notify the media.

Prepared by Mike Siitari, Interim Chief of Police - South Lake Minnetonka Police Department 

 

PRESS RELEASE – September 10, 2015

Today [September 10, 2015] at 12:21 PM Officers from the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department responded to a welfare check on Channel Drive, in the City of Greenwood. The juvenile family members had not been in school the past two days. Officers found the family of five deceased in the residence, in an apparent murder suicide. There appears to be no threat or danger to the community.      

This preliminary information is being released early in the investigation to inform and reassure the community that there are no known safety issues. This is a complex crime scene that is being processed by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation and notification of next of kin will take time to complete. This is an ongoing homicide/death investigation that may be protracted. When additional information can be released we will notify the media.

Prepared by Mike Siitari, Interim Chief of Police - South Lake Minnetonka Police Department

 

CRIME ALERT: DAYTIME BURGLARIES

August 28, 2014

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department has recently responded to reported daytime residential burglaries. These burglaries have occurred between mid-morning and early afternoon. In each case it appears the burglar(s) gained entry to the homes via an unlocked door or open overhead garage door. One of the burglaries happened on Meadville Street in Greenwood on 08-27-14 at about 11:30am. The burglar(s) entered the Greenwood home though an open garage door. For more information and prevention reminders, please click on the "2014 08-28 Crime Alert" link at the bottom of this page.

 

COMMUNITY ALERT

August 12, 2014

In the last few weeks, the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department has taken reports concerning a garage burglary on Fairview Street and a theft from the city canoe rack on Meadville. The police also took a report of an interrupted business burglary in Shorewood near Minnetonka Blvd and St. Alban's Bay Road. The residential burglary and theft are believed to have occurred overnight. The interrupted business burglary was at 7:30am. For more information and prevention reminders, please click on the "2014 08-12 Community Alert" link at the bottom of this page.

 

CRIME ALERT: CREDIT CARD SCAM

October 2013

Someone claiming to be a representative from Xcel Energy is calling people and telling them that they need to pay an outstanding bill by credit card or face immediate service disconnection. The scammer is having victims provide their credit card information over the telephone or send money via Express Moneypak. The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department has confirmed with Xcel Energy that this is a scam. Xcel Energy is not calling their customers and forcing them to pay delinquent bills or face service disconnection. 
The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department stresses the importance of verifying with whom you are speaking before providing any financial information by telephone.  Failing to verify this information could result in you becoming a victim. The aforementioned scam of someone calling and claiming to be from Xcel Energy is just another attempt by defrauders to obtain your personal financial information. If you receive such a call, please report it to police. 

 

SHOREWOOD HOMICIDE – 5700 Wood Duck Circle

 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Jetaun Wheeler, age 29, was formally charged this afternoon with Murder in the Second Degree.  A copy of the criminal complaint has now been posted on our web site under the “Media Section” tab on the home page – www.southlakepd.com.  Although more work remains to be done, reaching this point in the investigation is the result of an incredible team effort.      

Prepared by Chief Bryan Litsey

 

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Earlier this afternoon, the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department executed a search warrant at 5700 Wood Duck Circle in the city of Shorewood. This was part of an ongoing investigation involving an adult male who had been reported missing to the SLMPD. A deceased person was discovered during a search of the residence which is suspicious in nature. A person of interest in the disappearance of the missing person is currently being held pending further investigation by the SLMPD, Hennepin County Sherriff's Office, and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office. The SLMPD does not believe members of the community are at risk. 

Prepared by Chief Bryan Litsey

 

CRIME ALERT

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department has taken reports from several Tonka Bay residents concerning garage burglaries and theft from vehicles. The incidents are reportedly occurring overnight, and in each case, the suspect(s) are entering the garages and vehicles through unlocked doors. 

Some of these incidents are occurring in the following neighborhoods:

  • Mound Avenue
  • Sunrise Avenue, Waseca Avenue and Crestview Avenue 
  • Close and lock exterior doors and lower level windows before leaving the house or going to bed

If you have any information regarding these incidents, or you believe you know who the suspect is, please contact the SLMPD through Hennepin County Dispatch at (763) 525-6210.

Prevention Reminders:  

  • Keep garage doors closed and locked when not in use, even during the day or if you are working in your backyard.
  • Encourage neighbors to remain alert and immediately report suspicious activity by calling 911.
  • Keep your valuables in an unlikely place (the bedroom is often the first place a burglar will look).
  • Document valuables by recording serial and model numbers. Take pictures of unique items such as jewelry and artwork.
  • Use quality, heavy duty, deadbolt locks with a least a 1-inch throw bolt; align with a heavy duty strike plate and secured with 3-inch screws.
  • Secure sliding glass doors.
  • Create the illusion that you are home by using timers on lights. Have someone collect your mail and newspapers if you are not home.
  • Whether parked inside the garage or in the driveway, keep vehicles locked. Do not leave valuable items inside your vehicles. Items mostly commonly stolen include: purses/wallets, GPS units, and laptop computers

 

MEDIA RELEASE REGARDING GREENWOOD BURGLARIES

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A spree of residential daytime burglaries in the southwest metro came to an end on Monday, February 6, 2012, with the arrest of Stewart Eugene Pesheck, DOB 11/07/1968 (Age 43). Pesheck, who was released from custody back in October 2011, became a person of interest after similarities were noted between these burglaries and his known method of operation. One of these was an attempted burglary in Greenwood on January 18, 2012 followed by two successful burglaries in Greenwood on January 27, 2012. Greenwood is one of four cities served by the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department (SLMPD).

(Click on the link at the bottom of this page to see the full  media release, including a photo of Mr. Pesheck)

Prepared by Chief Bryan Litsey

 

ARREST IN GREENWOOD BURGLARIES

Monday, February 6, 2012

Our investigative team, consisting of Detective Sergeant Steve Neururer and Detective Mike O’Keefe, have been part of a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement effort focused on the spree of burglaries in western Hennepin County. This includes the three recent burglaries in Greenwood. A prime suspect surfaced through this effort and has been under surveillance. Earlier today, this suspect was caught in the act of burglarizing a home in Eden Prairie and was taken into custody. Detective Sergeant Neururer was part of the surveillance team that arrested the suspect. He just completed interviewing the suspect, who has admitted to all three burglaries in Greenwood as well as the one in Deephaven. The suspect has also admitted to burglaries in other cities as well.  The next step is executing a search warrant of the suspect’s residence, which may lead to other search warrants being executed. 

I am extremely proud of our entire staff for the way they handled this situation. From distributing crime alert flyers to providing extra patrol in Greenwood, everyone has gone above and beyond in making this a priority for the residents of Greenwood and the entire South Lake area. I will keep you posted on further developments in this investigation. 

Prepared by Chief Bryan Litsey

 

RESIDENTIAL DAYTIME BURGLARIES

Monday, January 30, 2012

Over the past few weeks there have been a number of residential daytime burglaries in western Hennepin County. Three of these burglaries have been committed at unoccupied homes in the City of Greenwood. It is believed that the same individual(s) are responsible for these burglaries and are trying to establish beforehand if anyone is home. Various vehicles are being used to commit these burglaries and alarms systems have been disabled to avoid detection.

The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department (SLMPD) has stepped up patrols in residential neighborhoods and is coordinating investigative efforts with other law enforcement agencies experiencing similar burglaries in their respective communities. The public can help by being extra observant and immediately calling 911 if they witness any suspicious activity. As much detail as possible should be provided when reporting suspicious activity. Homeowners should take extra precautions to secure their property and can obtain helpful crime prevention tips on the SLMPD website at www.southlakepd.com.

Prepared by Chief Bryan Litsey