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Police reports: Bookstore disorder, residential burglaries, hunter angered by airplanes, more ...

An anonymous caller reported Oct. 29 that a resident in the 3000 block of Copper Oaks Trail was blowing leaves into the street and left his garbage cans out in plain view. The man told police that the wind must have blown the leaves into the streets. He was given a verbal warning and then placed his trash cans inside his garage.

Police responded Oct. 30 to Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 7020 Valley Creek Plaza, for a theft and assault. A manager said two women came in to return return books, became “unhappy with the process” and acted disorderly. The women left and set off theft alarms. One woman, an Appleton, Wis., resident, returned to the store, continued to act out and elbowed the manager in the stomach as she left. The women took off in a vehicle that was identified. Police later mailed the Appleton woman an assault citation.

A man reported Oct. 30 that his wife had returned to their Wedgewood Alcove home to find it had been burglarized. Jewelry valued in excess of $4,000 was missing, while electronics were left behind. It appeared entry was gained by removing a window on the main level.

Officers were called Oct. 30 to City Center Professional Building, 1625 Radio Drive, for an assault. Police later arrested the suspect a man for punching his son while they were parked outside the building. The man was jailed on suspicion of malicious punishment of a child and domestic assault.

An officer on patrol Oct. 30 observed unusual movement in a third-story laundry room at 1687 Century Circle. A soda machine was found damaged and tampered with. A suspect from St. Paul was arrested after he was found nearby in the apartment and in possession of burglary tools.

An anonymous caller reported Oct. 31 that a political lawn sign for District 833 School Board candidate Sharon Van Leer had been placed on city property at Interlachen Road. The sign was removed and thrown away.

An officer on patrol at 12:32 a.m. Nov. 1 found a man scavenging outside Warners Stellian, 1750 Weir Drive. The man, a Woodbury resident, was arrested after police learned he had an outstanding Dakota County warrant for underage consumption.

A Minnetonka construction firm reported Nov. 1 that home under construction on Headwaters Lane had been damaged. Someone forced open a service door at the home. Another home under construction in the area had also been burglarized.

A motorist reported Nov. 2 that as she was entering the Woodbury Lake shopping center, a vehicle was tailgating her and swerving back and forth. The vehicle later passed her and went to Trader Joe’s. Police were unable to locate the suspect.

A hunter reported Nov. 2 that he was angry at airplanes flying low over the fields where he was trying to hunt near Interstate 94 and Settlers Ridge Parkway. The man wondered if there was a law preventing low-flying planes. He was told to go to the Federal Aviation Administration with his concerns and was reminded of a nearby airstrip on the north side of I-94.

Residents of a Crestmoor Drive home who had been out of town reported Nov. 3 that the house had been burglarized while they were away. A computer and a television were missing. A woman who had been dog-sitting was identified as a suspect.

A resident of apartments at 7250 Guider Drive reported Nov. 11 that he interrupted a burglary of underground storage units at the complex. The man said he found two males breaking into the units, then leave in a car. Evidence was collected at the scene.

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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