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Police reports: Man found with 73 fraudulent credit cards, underage drinking at schools, Target scammers, more ...

A YMCA member reported Sept. 17 that his wallet was stolen from the men’s locker room. Credit cards from the wallet were later used fraudulently at Oakdale stores, including a $1,500 purchase at Kmart.

A South St. Paul woman reported Sept. 18 that his vehicle’s license plates were stolen while parked at the Woodbury Theater park-and-ride. The thief also made off with the license plate screws.

Police responded Sept. 19 to Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, for a financial card fraud report. Workers there reported suspicious activity after a Bronx, N.Y., man attempted buying three iPads with multiple credits that were getting declined. A transaction was eventually accepted and a Woodbury officer conducted a traffic stop after the man left the store. A search of the New York man’s vehicle turned up 29 fraudulent credit cards in his name and 44 more fraudulent cards, all registered to “Alicia Smith.” One of those cards had been used to buy the iPads. The man was arrested and jailed on suspicion of financial card fraud.

Police were called Sept. 19 to Carver Lake Park, 3175 Century Ave., for a report of juveniles acting out of control. The complainant said four people appeared to be intoxicated. One of the people was spotted urinating in the parking lot. An officer determined the people – three Woodbury adult males and an adult Cottage Grove female – were not drunk. Members of the group were told to “conduct themselves appropriately.”

An Oakdale motorist reported Sept. 20 that another motorist at Radio Drive and Woodbury Lakes Road ran a stop sign and made an obscene gesture. Police couldn’t find the vehicle.

Officers on patrol Sept. 20 at the East Ridge High School football game were notified of a male who smelled like alcohol and was vomiting in the men’s restroom. Police found the male, a Cottage Grove resident, unable to stand and smelling strongly of an alcoholic drink. The youth’s preliminary breath test indicated a 0.14 blood-alcohol content. The boy, who was described as cooperative and apologetic, was released to his mother and given a Youth Service Bureau referral. The same night, officers were alerted to another youth who appeared to be drunk. This student, also a Cottage Grove resident, told police he drank a liquid from a Coke bottle that he thought tasted “strange.” Police said he had a hard time walking and also smelled of booze. His preliminary breath test indicated a 0.10 blood-alcohol content. The boy, who was described as cooperative and apologetic, was released to his mother, who requested the boy be given 40 hours of community service for the offense. A Youth Service Bureau referral was ordered.

Police were called Sept. 20 to an Afton residence for a shooting complaint. A resident there said he was driving up his driveway when he heard a loud “boom” that was followed by his driver’s side window shattering. The man was bleeding from the face due to glass. Other agencies responded.

A Woodbury man was found taking rock Sept. 20 from empty property lots near Sandcastle Drive and Pleasant Lake Drive. The man told police he thought he had permission to take the rock, “but couldn’t say for sure.” He was advised to check with the development first.

Officers were called Sept. 21 to SuperTarget, 449 Commerce Drive, for an unruly customer. The suspect was with others who Target workers suspected to be part of a gift-card fraud racket. In the so-called “60-40” scam, the suspects buy items with coupons and pay with cash and gift cards. They then return the items and get the full cash value back. The suspect, who did not have a permanent address, but was accompanied by other suspects from Las Vegas, Nev., became upset and created a scene after being told he would only get a gift card for his return. The three men were trespassed from the store.

A Woodbury man reported Sept. 21 that his vehicle had been stolen from the Cowboy Jack’s parking lot, 1690 Woodlane Drive. Police located the vehicle in the lot and noted it had frost forming on its windows.

A Woodbury woman called for help Sept. 21, saying she was being pursued by bees at Ojibway Park. An officer met the woman, who said she is very afraid of bees. The insects had stopped following her by the time police arrived. No further assistance was sought.

A Woodbury resident reported a possible intruder on Sept. 22. A woman at the home said she heard the service door on her garage opening and closing. Police found no sign of forced entry or any disturbance, but did note the service door was unlocked.

An anonymous caller reported Sept. 22 that a Woodbury man who was ordered by the courts to abstain from alcohol was at a Vikings game in Minneapolis with his daughter. The caller was unsure whether the man was actually drinking. The caller was told he could contact Minneapolis police and was reminded the court order was civil, not criminal, in nature.

Officers responded Sept. 23 to Woodbury High School for a student barricaded in a staff bathroom. The boy, a sophomore, eventually came out when his father arrived. The boy, who had “a very poor attitude,” admitted to drinking. A test revealed a 0.05 blood-alcohol content. The student was given a Youth Service Bureau referral.

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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