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Police reports: GoPro cameras targeted, auto theft, 'one of those days' for Arizona woman

A resident at the Red Roof Inn, 1806 Wooddale Drive, reported July 25 that his friends had stolen his two gold necklaces the prior week from his bedside table. The man, who could only recall one of the suspects as “Danny,” estimated the total loss at $1,000.

Police responded July 26 to Woodbury Lakes shopping center for a theft report. Security staff there was alerted by Charming Charlie’s workers that two women were spotted dumping 10 pairs of underwear, eight pairs of earrings, five bracelets, two watches and a necklace into a bush outside the mall. Another woman later returned underwear to Victoria’s Secret without a receipt. Police said that return matched the value of the stolen underwear. Victoria’s Secret workers later confirmed seeing a woman concealing merchandise in her purse. The woman who returned the underwear, a St. Paul resident, was trespassed from the mall.

Police were called July 26 to Super Target, 9501 Hudson Road, for a report of two women beating on the back of a car. Officers located the car leaving the parking lot and conducted a traffic stop after a claw hammer was spotted on the trunk lid. The driver, a Sun City, Ariz., woman, said she accidentally locked her keys in the vehicle and broke out the window to gain access. Police noted Woodbury offers a free lock-out service. The woman reportedly shook her head and replied that it was “one of those days.”

A Woodbury woman reported July 26 that her locked bicycle was stolen from Central Park, 8595 Central Park Place. The bike, valued at $300, and its lock were missing when the woman returned for it.

Workers at Ulta Cosmetics, 8290 Tamarack Village, reported July 26 that a woman stole a $65 bottle of perfume. After shopping for an hour and a half, the woman attempted to buy $446 worth of merchandise by credit card, which was declined. Staff suspected the woman, a St. Paul resident, was originally going to steal the items, but “due to their customer service, they felt (the suspect) eventually gave up and attempted to make a purchase to make it look good.” Staff later discovered perfume had been stolen after the woman left the store. Staff suspected the St. Paul woman of the theft.

Police were called July 27 to Valhalla Place, 6043 Hudson Road, for a fight involving 10 people, one of whom displayed a handgun. Police arrested a Lake Elmo man – found in possession of a loaded 9 mm handgun – on suspicion of implied consent for carrying a firearm.

Police responding to a suspicious situation report on July 29 attempted to apprehend a Woodbury man running across Valley Creek Road near Interlachen Parkway. The man continued to flee on foot after police attempted to talk to him.

Workers at Gander Mountain, 10470 Hudson Road, reported July 29 that a man and a woman stole two GoPro cameras, valued at $400 apiece. The suspects gained access to the cameras by first cutting a security cable, then concealing the cameras while they were in fitting rooms.

A woman reported July 29 that her 2003 Toyota Camry was stolen while parked on Markgrafs Lake Drive. The vehicle, which contained the woman’s purse, was located the next day in Maplewood.

Police were called at 6:26 a.m. July 30 to a home on Clippership Bay for a residential burglary that had just occurred. Two iPads and two iPhones were stolen from inside the occupied home. Occupants were alerted by a barking dog. Police suspect entry was made by accessing a garage door opener left in an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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