Police reports: Cache of dead critters discovered, bogus robbery foiled, more ...
A Woodbury woman reported April 30 that her Kindle Fire had gone missing from her kitchen countertop and a floor installer may have been to blame. The woman said she checked Craigslist, where she found a Kindle Fire with the same distinctive case as hers. The woman emailed police the following week stating she found the device.
Police were called April 30 to Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, for a verbal altercation between two men over a parking spot. One of the men was gone by the time police arrived, but the other man, a North St. Paul resident, said the argument stemmed from the other man parking in a temporary bank parking stall. Store security said the North St. Paul man appeared to be the aggressor in the situation.
A Meadow Brook Drive resident reported April 30 that teenagers in the area were loitering and digging a hole. Police were unable to locate the males.
Police were called April 30 to Rainbow Foods for a suspicious suitcase and duffel bag left unattended outside the store. Police tracked the luggage, which contained an empty bottle of Ambien, to a Red Roof Inn guest. Officers were unable to locate the bag's owner.
A Rimbley Road resident reported May 2 that when he left for work, he witnessed his female neighbor giving him "the bird" from inside her home. There is an ongoing neighbor dispute.
A resident in the 800 block of Moonlight Drive reported May 3 that about 50 gallons of fuel was siphoned from his semi-trailer parked in the 300 block of Rivertown Drive. The theft occurred about two weeks after discovering a toolbox was missing from the rig.
Police were called at 11:20 p.m. on May 30 to a home in the 8300 block of Hidden Ponds Way for a possible underage party with loud music. Officer contacted a woman at the home, who explained a cast party for "Beauty and the Beast" was being held. There was no underage drinking.
Police responded May 4 to Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, for a robbery report. A St. Paul man told police he had been robbed in his vehicle the previous day at the store. Police learned the man's story was bogus after speaking with others who said he has a gambling problem and had lost all his money gambling. After confronting the man with the information, he admitted to losing his money at Mystic Lake Casino. Police educated the man on filing a false police report. He was not charged. His wife had made him file the report; he didn't want her to know he had lost their money.
A Woodbury resident reported finding a bag containing dead animals at Tamarack Road and Interlachen Parkway. The complainant said his kids were playing in the area and noticed numerous dead animals scattered about. Police came upon a garbage can releasing a strong odor. The can contained multiple dead animals that appeared to have been burned. Other dead animals that were burned and shriveled were found scattered near the can. The officer suspected the remains included squirrels, beavers and "other small critters." The complainant suspected the carcasses were used in a ritual.
A resident in the 400 block of Woodduck Place reported May 5 that a juvenile male had stolen her iPod. Police learned the boy had the device because he and the complainant use each other's property and the complainant owes the boy money. They were told to sort out the matter themselves or take it to conciliation court.
Police were called May 6 to Sunsets, 700 Commons Drive, for an assault report. Two restaurant employees got into a fight in the kitchen. The victim locked himself in a bathroom out of fear. The suspect, an Oakdale man who kicked the victim in the head, was cited for fifth-degree assault.