Public Safety Notices

CIVIL UNREST & CURFEW – APRIL 12, 2021 

From South Lake Minnetonka Police Chief Mike Meehan: 

The state has moved the civil unrest operations to level-3 and many resources will be arriving in the metro this evening. Unfortunately, the increased resources in the metro area may push some looting activities out to the suburban areas — much as it did this past summer. The situation is obviously compounded by the number of out-of-state actors already in town for the Chauvin Trial.   
 
The governor has imposed a metro-wide curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
 
The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department will increase our staffing tonight for looting prevention per the recommendation of the Commissioner.  

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY NEAR GREENWOOD – FEBRUARY 3, 2021 

From South Lake Minnetonka Police Chief Mike Meehan: 

This morning (02.03.21), an outside law enforcement agency has activity on Ferncroft Road in Shorewood near the Minnetonka Blvd border with Greenwood. There is no danger to the general public. If anything changes, an update will be sent.


INAUGURATION INFORMATION – JANUARY 15, 2021 

From South Lake Minnetonka Police Chief Mike Meehan: 

Following some intelligence briefings this morning, I am passing along some information regarding the inauguration.

There are no immediate credible threats for MN from either a federal, state, county, or local level. The news media continues to inflate the level of violence and unrest in order to generate the most viewers and the most clicks. That said, there remains a good amount of “internet chatter” and protests at the state capital are still planned. Extreme elements continue to put out rhetoric regarding civil unrest, criminal activity, and distrust in government and large corporations. 

The time frame from January 17 to January 20 remains a time for vigilance as extreme elements from both spectrums view the inauguration and the MLK holiday as ideological rallying points. This also remains a time for protected, first-amendment activities that are vital to our democracy.

The internet remains littered with disinformation.

The increased law enforcement / security posture at the national and state capitals will likely discourage many unlawful activists.  Law enforcement at all levels will continue to monitor information and intelligence and respond accordingly.

Protocols for sharing information and resources remain in place at all levels of law enforcement.

I will remain active in continued security briefings over the weekend and pass along any pertinent information. 

 

GREENWOOD GAS STATION ROBBERY – NOVEMBER 2, 2020 

From South Lake Minnetonka Police Chief Mike Meehan: 

Last night (11-02-20) at about 9:45 p.m., SLMPD squads responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Greenwood gas station at Hwy. 7 and Christmas Lake Road. The report was delayed as the victim / clerk called the station owner prior to calling 911.

Officers arrived and the clerk reported he was robbed at gunpoint and believed the suspect fled eastbound on Hwy. 7 in a vehicle described as a black Jeep. The suspect vehicle was not located by SLMPD squads or other mutual aid partners.

The suspect took the cash from the till (estimated $900) and some cartons of cigarettes. No injuries were reported, although the clerk said the suspect held a handgun to his head.

Due to the installation of some new equipment, no video from the gas station was available. Hennepin Crime Lab responded and processed the scene and the case is an open investigation.

NARCOTICS SUSPECT ARRESTED – OCTOBER 28, 2020 

Antwan Dukes was arrested on 10.27.20 by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and released on bond. The pending court proceedings include charges for two felony narcotics violations and one felony for fleeing police. It is entirely possible that Dukes will return to the residence at 5405 St. Alban’s Bay Road, Shorewood as it is listed as his primary address. SLMPD Chief Meehan does not believe there is significant danger to the neighborhood or to the general public. BACKGROUND: Around lunchtime on 09.25.20, HCSO and South Lake Minnetonka Police Department officers attempted to stop an individual wanted for narcotics near the intersection of Excelsior Blvd and Vine Hill Road in Deephaven when the suspect fled in a motor vehicle and headed west on Hwy 7. The suspect drove dangerously fast, so law enforcement laid off in the interest of public safety. The suspect dumped drugs in Lake Minnetonka at Marine Max in Excelsior and then got back in his vehicle and fled over the St. Alban’s Bay bridge towards Greenwood where he abandoned his car on Minnetonka Blvd near Pineview Court and fled on foot. Officers conducted a property-by-property search using K-9 units and were not able to locate the suspect on 09.25.20. Chief Meehan confirmed that a kayak was stolen from a Greenwood property and found on Big Island. He believes the kayak was used as the suspect’s “getaway vehicle.” At that time, Chief Meehan also said that the suspect was well known to law enforcement and that he would be arrested

 

LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY RE: NARCOTICS SUSPECT – SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 

On the afternoon of Friday 09.25.20, Hennepin County Sheriff officers, along with South Lake Minnetonka Police Department officers, attempted to stop an individual wanted for narcotics when he fled in a motor vehicle and then on foot in Greenwood. The suspect is a Shorewood resident who lives on St. Alban’s Bay Road. Pedestrians and cyclists were asked to remain in their homes and away from certain areas while police K-9 units searched the area. While the suspect remains at large, SLMPD Chief Meehan does not believe there is any increased danger to the public. 

 

CURFEW PROCLAMATION – MAY 30, 2020 

With the unprecedented civil unrest in the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul over the last two nights, and in consultation with South Lake Minnetonka Police Chief Mike Meehan, the SLMPD Coordinating Committee has made the decision to call for overnight curfews for the next two days in each of the SLMPD cities starting tonight, May 30 at 8pm continuing to 6am May 31.  The second day of the curfew will begin on May 31 at 8pm lasting to 6am on June 1. The Mayor of each city has issued a proclamation for their respective cities.

This decision is not taken lightly, but we believe it is in the best interest for the safety of our residents. If you see any property or physical damage occurring, please call 911 immediately. We thank the residents of the South Lake area for their cooperation and vigilance in these difficult times.

South Lake Minnetonka Police Department Coordinating Committee
Scott Zerby, Shorewood Mayor, Chair
Gerry De La Vega, Tonka Bay Mayor, Vice Chair
Todd Carlson, Excelsior Mayor, Board Member
Deb Kind, Greenwood Mayor, Board Member

Note: During curfew, no travel is allowed in any public street or place. Exemptions include all law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, and members of the news media, as well as other personnel authorized by the SLMPD, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Minnesota State Patrol, or Minnesota National Guard. Other exemptions include individuals traveling directly to and from work, seeking emergency care, fleeing danger, or experiencing homelessness.

 

PANDEMIC & VIOLENCE IN MPLS / ST. PAUL – MAY 29, 2020 
 
Greenwood Residents, 
 
I want you all to know that you are in my prayers as Minnesota deals not only with a pandemic but with an unbelievably sad situation in Minneapolis that has led to violence in Minneapolis and St. Paul and is threatening to spread to the suburbs. 
 
Our South Lake Minnetonka Police Department is prepared to do everything within our power and our resources to keep our communities safe, protect our businesses, and maintain public order. Overtime staffing has been authorized, and communication channels with neighboring departments, regional resources, and state resources have been established for us to both offer and receive mutual aid in an effort to keep our suburban communities safe.
 
Please pray for each other, our police officers, our community, our governor, and other leaders during this difficult time for our state.  
 
Take care!
 
— Deb Kind, Mayor of Greenwood
 

COFFEE WITH A COP  OCTOBER 11, 2019 

Greenwood Residents and South Lake Minnetonka neighbors are invited to have "Coffee with a Cop" at the Caribou Coffee located in the Tonka Village shopping center, 5663 Manitou Road. All proceeds from this event will go back to our community! #tonkapride #greenwood #supportpolice #supportfirefighters

 

PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT: HOME BURGLARIES  JUNE 15, 2019

In the last week, there has been one burglary in Greenwood and another in eastern Shorewood. The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department (SLMPD) believes both crimes are related to the crew that has been active in the metro from Big Lake to Prior Lake.

Suspects are entering homes via opened garage doors or via unsecured / unlocked vehicles and using the garage door opener to get into the garage. Once in the garage, suspects enter the house take portable items of value usually found just inside the door. In some cases, they have taken cars where the keys were left in the ignition. These incidents have reportedly happened when the residents were home during daytime and nighttime hours. To date, there has not been any violent confrontations between victims and suspects. We have no information that the suspects have any intention of violence. Quick grabs of electronics and purses appear to be their main goal. Please do not attempt to apprehend any suspects. 

The 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 do not park it in your driveway or manually lock your overhead garage door. 
• Call 911 immediately if you see or hear anything suspicious.
 
SLMPD detectives are working with other affected agencies in an effort to identify and apprehend the persons responsible for these crimes. If you have any information, please contact SLMPD at tips@southlakepd.com. For more information and up-to-date news, visit southlakepd.com

 

RESIDENTIAL FLOOD IMPACTS  MARCH 21, 2019

The Minnesota Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEM) has requested that local emergency managers assist with documenting residences that are impacted by spring flooding. If your home is impacted by flooding, please call city hall 952-474-6633 with the following information:  

Address
Phone number
Depth of water in basement
Does the basement have living areas?
Does the homeowner have flood insurance? 

 

PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY REGARDING BODY-WORN CAMERAS – OCTOBER 10, 2018

Click on the link at the bottom of this page to view the notification regarding the public comment opportunity regarding body-work cameras.

 

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

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.comFor more information and up to date news, visit southlakepd.com

 

PUBLIC SAFETY UPDATE: LEVEL III PREDATORY OFFENDER NO LONGER LIVING IN TONKA BAY – AUGUST 15, 2016
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: LEVEL III PREDATORY OFFENDER IN TONKA BAY (see above update) – AUGUST 12, 2016

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: SHORT FAMILY MURDER / SUICIDE – September 15, 2015, Star-Tribune

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: SHORT FAMILY MURDER / SUICIDE – 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: MURDER / SUICIDE – 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: MURDER / SUICIDE – 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.

 

CRIME ALERT: BURGLARIES – 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 the SLMPD website 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