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Police reports: Parking lot rage, handicap stall scofflaws, golfing complaint, more ...

A resident in the 8800 block of Military Road reported Nov. 15 that her garage had been burglarized. A television that had been mounted in the garage was gone. A resident at the burglarized home later went to a neighbor’s house and accused a juvenile male of stealing the TV. The boy denied the theft; a search of the boy’s residence turned up no stolen property.

Police were called Nov. 18 to Sandlewood Road for a burglary report. Multiple electronics were reported stolen. There was evidence of forced entry.  A television and an iPhone were among the stolen belongings.

A resident in the 1600 block of Century Circle reported Nov. 15 that someone broke into his vehicle while it was parked at an underground parking garage. It appeared the suspect removed the vehicle’s antenna, then used it to pop the lock on a door. A garage-door opener, keys and other personal items were taken.

Officers responded Nov. 17 to a report in the 6100 block of Birchwood Road of two males fighting verbally outside. The complainant said people had been contacted through to do yard work. The workers only did half the work, so the complainant provided half the pay, which prompted the argument. The workers had left prior to police arrival.

An anonymous caller reported Nov. 17 that there was a fight aboard a party bus parked at Wild Bill’s, 546 Commons Drive.  The fight was contained to the bus. Officers mediated the situation. A bus driver said he was comfortable driving the passengers homes.

A resident in the 9500 block of Dale Road reported Nov. 16 that hunters were walking over private property to access  a hunting area. The hunters were also moving from legal areas to illegal areas. Issues, the officer indicated, were discussed.

A Woodbury man reported a road rage incident Nov. 17 at Target, 7200 Valley Creek Plaza. The man said he honked his horn at another motorist. The suspect, also a Woodbury resident, got out of his vehicle and confronted the complainant. The suspect got in the complainant’s personal space and used profanity. No formal charges were requested.

An anonymous caller phoned police Nov. 17, requesting an officer call his wife to tell her he hadn’t contacted police about an investigation. The caller revealed he had actually called, but his wife had kicked him out of the house and he needed help. The officer told the man he couldn’t help and wished him good luck.

Officials at Bailey Elementary reported Nov. 18 that a man was on school grounds hitting golf balls. Police made contact with the golfer, an Oakdale man, who said he had been practicing his golf swing there for the past 15 years. He was told not to golf there while kids were in school. The golfer left the area peacefully.

An officer on patrol Nov. 18 at Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, reported seeing a motorist park in a clearly marked handicap parking space. A St. Paul man was observed walking into the store. A check of the handicap placard revealed it was issued to a woman. The man, who gave police a false story for his parking procedure, was cited for handicap placard misuse.

A 12-year-old Woodbury girl reported hearing strange sounds Nov. 19 at home, where she was alone. The girl soon learned it was her mother returning home.

An officer on patrol Nov. 19 at Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, reported seeing a person park in a clearly marked handicap space. Two people got out and walked in the store. The vehicle’s handicap placard was registered to a man. When the women returned to the vehicle, they said the reason the man wasn’t with them was because he was incarcerated. The driver, a Lakeland resident, said she didn’t know it was illegal to use a handicap placard that didn’t belong to her. She was cited.

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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