South Lake Minnetonka Police Department

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South Lake Minnetonka Police Department

Explosive Device Incident

The SLMPD has taken a report of a chemical bomb being used on Shady Island in Shorewood. The device was made using a 2-liter plastic bottle. The homeowner reports hearing their doorbell ring shortly before the detonation of the device.

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

Prevention Reminders:
  • These devices are extremely dangerous as they are highly volatile and unpredictable.
  • They have the potential to cause significant injury and/or damage.
  • If you locate a suspicious device, do not try to handle it or move it on your own. Call 911 to alert authorities.
  • Report any suspicious activity to police.

Tonka Bay Crime Alert

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

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:

Close and lock exterior doors and lower level windows before leaving the house or going to bed.

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.

Burglary/Theft Prevention

The  SLMPD urges you to take some basic precautions to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a burglary or a theft.

ALWAYS lock your doors, even while you are at home. Service doors into garages as well as doors between attached garages and the interior of the house are often overlooked by homeowners and left unsecured.  Overhead garage doors should be kept closed, whether or not you are home.

Leave a few exterior lights on after dark. Consider installing motion detector lights. They are very effective and relatively inexpensive. 

Before leaving for vacation, contact the SLMPD at (952) 474-3261 and ask to be placed on the vacation house check list. Officers will check the exterior of your home periodically and randomly during your absence. Put mail and newspaper deliveries on hold before leaving. Mail delivery can be placed on hold via the Internet at Click on "Hold Mail" and you'll be taken to a secure site for entering your information. You can also pick up a "Hold Mail" card at any post office branch. 

Lock your vehicles, even in your driveway or inside your garage. Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle.

Get to know your neighbors. Residents who know each other, keep an eye on each others’ homes, and report suspicious activity to police are great crime deterrents.  

If you observe suspicious activity in your neighborhood, report it to the SLMPD immediately by calling 911.

Identity Theft

While there are no guarantees about avoiding identity theft, The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department and the Federal Trade Commission recommend that you:

  • Deter identity thieves by safeguarding your personal information.
  • Detect suspicious activity by routinely monitoring your financial accounts and billing statements.
  • Defend against identity theft as soon as you suspect a problem.

Awareness is among the most powerful tools in the fight against identity theft. And that's where you play an important role. The more you know how to protect your identity and what to do if a problem occurs, the harder it is for identity thieves to commit their crimes.

Get comprehensive information on identity theft from resources available online at  or by phone at 1-877-ID-THEFT.

Solicitor Regulations

Solicitors must abide by the following city ordinances:

Excelsior: Permits are required for all solicitors except newspaper delivery, farm and garden products, or milk, ice, or baked goods vendors with regular routes in the city.

Greenwood: Permits are required for all solicitors except newspaper delivery, farm and garden products, charitable, political, or religious organizations, or milk or general food delivery with regular routes in the city.

Shorewood: Permits are required for all solicitors, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Tonka Bay: Persons cannot solicit upon or along any public streets or on any public land, or at any home with a placard posted stating "Peddlers and Canvassers Prohibited". No person shall conduct his business so as to annoy other persons or to become a nuisance or so as to obstruct travel upon any street, alley, or public place within the city.

Although many solicitors are legitimate, some neighborhood crime is associated with certain transient groups soliciting door-to-door. Homeowners are urged to be cautious. Ask to see their permit. If they cannot produce a permit, are overly aggressive with selling tactics, or you just feel that they are suspicious, notify the SLMPD immediately by dialing 911. Remember, you are not obligated to answer the door if you are not comfortable with who is there.