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Police report: No pass for dead woman's handicap placard, storage unit burglaries, more ...

An officer on patrol Jan. 7 outside Xperience Fitness, 1555 Queens Drive, reported finding a vehicle parked in a handicap space. The officer discovered the registered owner of the vehicle, a Woodbury man, did not have disability certificates. The owner of the disability placard displayed in the vehicle belonged to someone who had died. The officer made contact with the driver, who said his mother – the owner of the placard – was with him. The officer then told the man he knew his mother was dead. The man admitted to the lie and was cited for handicap placard misuse.

Police were called Jan. 8 to Simply Self Storage, 881 Weir Drive, for a burglary report. A witness reported seeing a suspicious sedan and possessed suspect information.

A Whitewater Drive resident reported Jan. 8 that he saw a suspicious vehicle parked across the street from his house. He also heard a loud bang near a home under construction. Police located the vehicle, which was unoccupied with frost on the windows and a flat rear tire.

A resident in the 8400 block of Savanna Oaks Lane reported Jan. 10 that all the mailboxes on the street had been opened. No suspects were seen.

Officers responded Jan. 10 to Math and Science Academy for an assault involving two members of a basketball team. Police spoke learned there was not an assault, but a mutual fight over accusations surrounding a missing iPod. No charges were requested.

A Shoreview woman reported Jan. 11 that her storage unit at Public Storage, 9640 Hudson Road, had been “gone through.” Though all locks were operating properly and nothing was missing, the woman insisted on an illegal breach because some boxes were found differently than she had left them in November.

An officer on patrol Jan. 11 at Hudson Road and Woodbury Drive witnessed a vehicle make a suspicious maneuver. The officer learned the vehicle, a Volkswagen Jetta, was bearing license plates for a pick-up truck. The vehicle was stopped and the driver admitted to not buying registration and using plates from his other vehicle. The suspect, a Somerset, Wis., man, was arrested on suspicion of vehicle tax evasion, driving after suspension, no insurance, illegal use of plates, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and failure to transfer a title within 10 days.

An anonymous person called Jan. 11 to complain about a wedding party drinking beer in the parking lot at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 1583 Radio Drive. The officer drove by and saw a group of people standing around a cooler. The officer declined to investigate the incident, citing the lack of a pastor or church official making the complaint. “I did not feel it necessary to disturb a wedding on church grounds,” the officer stated in the report.

Loss prevention workers at Gordman’s, 8268 Tamarack Village, reported that they were reviewing surveillance video from September that revealed an Inver Grove Heights woman committing theft by fraud. The video shows the woman switching price tags on two pieces of wall art valued at $40 each with $9 price tags. She was mailed a ticket for theft by swindle.

A St. Paul man reported Jan. 7 that his unit at Public Storage, 2280 Wooddale Drive, had been burglarized. The man was working to inventory what was stolen.

A Woodbury man reported Jan. 7 that his jacket was stolen at Xperience Fitness, 1555 Queens Drive. The man had left the fleece jacket containing home and work keys hanging in the men’s locker room and found it missing when he returned. The man was advised to have his locks changed. No suspects were found.

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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