Eden Prairie Police executed a search warrant on an Eden Prairie day care and an address in Burnsville on Wednesday, July 13, to gather evidence as part of an ongoing Eden Prairie theft investigation, according to the department.
The Police Department, with the assistance of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, searched for evidence at Lighthouse Daycare Center, 8098 Glen Lane, at 7:30 a.m. No arrests were made after the warrants were served and authorities did not release further details about the investigation.
A call to the daycare on July 13 was answered by Abdi Mohamed, who identified himself as the owner. Mohamed said his residence was the Burnsville address that was searched by authorities. He was at home when police served the warrant there.
Mohamed, who is of Somali descent, believes law enforcement "without having any evidence is targeting my community," he said.
"I feel strongly because of my ethnicity this happened," he said.
According to Department of Human Services online records, the daycare has been operating under a conditional license since October of 2015. DHS placed the daycare on a conditional license after a licensing review in February 2015 found 37 violations including failure to supervise children; failure to comply with staff distribution requirements; failure to comply with staff orientation and training requirements; failure to meet USDA nutritional guidelines and failure to maintain minimum amounts of equipment, supplies and materials.
Mohamed said those violations occurred before he purchased the business a few months ago. He has been working to get a new license from the state, he said.
-- Patty Dexter