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Police reports: Dog attack draws gun warning, Craigslist scammer, burglary, more ...

Police were called Nov. 21 to Valley Creek Road and Manning Avenue for a suspicious activity report. A caller reported seeing a van with three males driving slowly down Valley Creek Road with one occupant holding a garage door opener out a window in an apparent effort to open garage doors in the area. Police did not locate the vehicle.

A Woodbury woman reported Nov. 21 that a loose dog attacked her two dogs while she was on a walk near Lake Road and Copper Oaks Trail. She said the offending dog bit one of her two huskies, but did not leave a mark. Police contacted the owner of the dog believed involved in the attack. He denied his dog was involved. After being told of the interview results, the woman became frustrated and told an officer that she would carry a gun and pepper spray on future walks, and that she would use either device in the event of another dog attack. The officer recommended she avoid taking such action.

A Woodbury woman reported Nov. 22 that her Sherwood Road home had been burglarized. The woman’s son discovered the burglary, which did not involve forced entry. Video game consoles were missing.

An anonymous caller reported Nov. 22 that he saw a suspicious van driving without headlights on Ashwood Road. He suspected the vehicle to be involved with recent area break-ins.

Police were called Nov. 23 to Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, for a shoplifting report. A man and woman suspected of shoplifting were seen fleeing the store on foot. Both were apprehended and admitted to stealing merchandise. The man, a Stacy, Minn., resident, was cited for theft and released. The woman, who listed no permanent address, was jailed after officers found her in possession of methadone in hypodermic needles and a spoon with heroin residue. She was arrested on suspicion of fifth-degree drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft.

A Collingwood Lane resident looking to rent a room on reported an attempted scam on Nov. 23. She said a woman responded to her Craigslist post and sent two checks totaling about $7,000. The would-be renter requested the Woodbury woman to take the money and to send some back to her. The Woodbury woman notified the suspect that the room had been rented and destroyed the suspicious checks.

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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