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Police reports: Road rage, NLA theft, Walmart bust, more ...

An officer on patrol Feb. 11 was driving on Valley Creek Road when he observed a road rage incident. Two vehicles were seen swerving at each other in traffic. One vehicle sped ahead. The driver of that vehicle jumped out and ran toward the other motorist “in an apparent act of aggression.” The officer turned around to intervene in the incident. Only the stopped vehicle remained when the officer arrived. The driver, a Woodbury man, said the other motorist had taunted him and thrown trash at his vehicle, prompting him to jump out and approach that vehicle. The officer “discussed the pitfalls and potential negative consequences” for the behavior. The officer smelled marijuana on the man, who admitted to being a pot smoker. A search of the vehicle turned up no pot; the smell appeared to be emanating from the man’s clothes. He was released without charges.

Police responded Feb. 12 to Woodbury Lutheran Church, where a woman said her wallet was stolen. Surveillance video revealed a suspect who was located at the church. The suspect provided police with the location of the wallet, which was missing the woman’s driver’s license and credit cards. Those items were later located in the Woodbury Theater parking lot. The suspect was not charged but was taken to Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul.

Officials at New Life Academy, 6758 Bailey Road, reported that a student’s iPhone was stolen. The suspect, a Woodbury man, was identified and was found in possession of a large amount of cash that was later determined stolen from the school’s safe. The man was jailed on suspicion of felony and misdemeanor theft charges.

Police were called Feb. 14 to Rainbow Foods, 7050 Valley Creek Plaza, for an unruly customer. A man was found walking in and out of the store yelling at himself. Store management described the man’s conduct as “typical but not bothersome.”

A Woodbury girl reported a possible intruder Feb. 14 at her Eagle View Bay home. The caller, who initially described hearing footsteps in the house, later realized it was her sister arriving home unexpectedly.

A Woodbury woman reported Feb. 14 that her car was broken into while parked at Middleton Elementary School. The woman parked the car, went to get her daughter. When she returned, she found the car’s window smashed out. A purse left in the car was missing. No suspects.

A Woodbury woman reported Feb. 15 that her purse went missing while she was at Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon. The woman’s phone was reportedly found on the street. Four days later, the woman told police that several of the items from her purse, including an iPod and identification, had been mailed to her from the Eagan post office.

Police on patrol Feb. 15 located a suspicious vehicle parked behind the Cabela’s construction site on Hudson Road. A husband and wife from Cottage Grove, found near a Dumpster, admitted to scavenging for spent wire. There was no evidence the couple had been anywhere other than outside the building. They were ordered to return all the material to the Dumpster and leave.

Workers at Walmaret, 10240 Hudson Road, reported Feb. 16 that a group of people were working in concert to steal cellphones and ink cartridges from the store. Two of the suspects walked out and were arrested by police waiting outside. Stolen items were found in their pockets. The third suspect later left the store with stolen merchandise. She was also found in possession of suspected methamphetamine. She admitted to stealing from Walmart, but said the other two suspects hatched the idea. The woman said she had found the meth at a farmers market earlier that day and put it in her purse “because she thought it was meth,” though she said a taste-test of the substance left her in doubt. The substance was sent to a crime lab for testing. She was jailed in Stillwater, while the other two suspects were cited and released.

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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