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A resident in the 2300 block of Cypress Drive reported Sept. 4 that  someone siphoned about $30 worth of gas from his vehicle. No suspects.

Police were called Sept. 4 to Behavior Health Services, 7616 Currell Blvd., for a suspicious activity report. A man there said he was at the facility to visit his therapist when he drank coffee from a tray in the waiting area. While drinking the coffee, a female removed the tray, causing the man to be fearful of what the coffee may have contained and suspicious that the tray had first been provided by another client. The man phoned police after a query with the facility’s director left him unsatisfied. Police determined no criminal activity occurred and that the coffee had been provided by an employee. The man sought to apologize to the director afterward.

A woman at the Minnesota School of Cosmetology on Weir Drive reported Sept. 6 that her wedding ring was lost in the parking lot and couldn’t be found. Loss: $800.

Workers at Experience Fitness reported Sept. 6 that a man was trespassing at the business. A Woodbury resident at the gym said she was recently in a relationship with the man, a Cottage Grove resident, but his wife found out about it. Since then, the man had not left the Woodbury woman alone. The Woodbury woman was in the process of obtaining a no contact order against the man, who was trespassed from Xperience Fitness for the second time.

Police were waved down Sept. 7 outside Victoria’s Secret, 9020 Hudson Road, for suspicious people inside the store. The suspects, all women, had also been to Children’s Place and The Gap, according to security staff. Police stopped vehicles containing the three women and searched the vehicles. More than $660 in stolen merchandise was recovered. A Minneapolis woman and a Brooklyn Park woman were cited for shoplifting.

Officers responded Sept. 7 to Lydia Lane for a report of a man being chased by a dog. The dog reportedly followed the man into a home through a door that had been left open. Police checked the home and found no signs of forced entry or the homeowner.

A witness reported seeing a man shoving a small girl into a vehicle parked Sept. 8 outside Target on Valley Creek Plaza. Police located the vehicle and the man, who said the girl was his autistic daughter who was having an episode.

A Woodbury woman reported Sept. 9 that her wallet was stolen while shopping at Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road. There was evidence that credit cards from the wallet had later been used fraudulently in St. Paul.

An officer on patrol Sept. 9 on Manning Avenue located a stopped vehicle with license plates that were listed as stolen. The man said his girlfriend had recently bought the vehicle from someone in River Falls, Wis. The seller provided Wisconsin license plates that were not registered to the vehicle. The officer determined the vehicle had not been stolen, and that the license plate happened to match stolen plates for a vehicle from Iowa. The officer later helped the man with his vehicle, which had run out of gas.

An officer was flagged down Sept. 9 by a woman who witnessed suspicious behavior at St. Johns Drive and Ironwood Parkway. The woman said a man was “walking around as if he was marching in a military formation” while following a group of boys out walking a dog. Unprovoked, the man walked up and kicked the dog in the face, causing it to yelp. The man, described as wearing a sleeveless white T-shirt, ball cap and shorts, fled on foot after the assault. The boys said the man was seen regularly in the area between noon and 5 p.m.

A worker at Walmart reported Sept. 3 that an unruly customer was upset and refusing to leave the store. The woman was trying to return baby formula without a receipt, which workers refused to accept due to health concerns over the food product. The officer spoke with the woman, a White Bear Lake resident, who said she had purchased the formula before her child’s birth only to learn later that the baby wouldn’t take it. The woman said she would complain to someone higher up at Walmart and left.

Police were called Sept. 7 to Country Inn & Suites for a fight occurring in the parking lot. Police determined it was friends “goofing around” after returning from a wedding.

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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