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Police reports: Suspicious door-knocker, apartment burglary, more ...

Anchor Bank, 1920 Donegal Drive, reported Feb. 18 that someone attempted to pry the door off an exterior ATM over the weekend.

An anonymous caller reported Feb. 19 that suspicious activity was occurring at Woodbury Estates parking lot on Woodlane Drive. Police arrived and found an unoccupied vehicle with a quarter-pound of marijuana in the back seat. A Woodbury man who claimed possession of the pot was arrested and jailed in Stillwater.

A Horseshoe Lane resident reported Feb. 19 that someone walked up to her adult daughter’s first-floor window. Footprints were found in the snow indicating someone walked to the window, then turned around and went back.

A St. Paul man reported that his home had been burglarized after Christmas and that a GPS-powered golf range finder was stolen. Tracking software in the unit indicated it had been returned at Golf Galaxy on Hudson Road. A suspicious couple living in the victim’s duplex matched the description of the people who returned the device for cash.

An East Ridge High School student reported Feb. 19 that his backpack was rummaged through while placed in a locker during track practice. Keys and headphones were missing. Loss: $30.

An officer on patrol Feb. 22 watched a vehicle pull out in front of his squad outside Wild Bill’s parking lot, nearly causing a crash. The officer stopped the vehicle and detected the smell of marijuana coming from the glove box. The driver, an Oakdale man, produced a vial containing pot and a marijuana pipe. He was cited for possession of small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia before being released.

Performance Pool & Spa, 1890 Wooddale Drive, reported Feb. 22 that the business had been burglarized. The front door had been pried open and $120 was taken from a cash register. No suspects.

A Chamberlain Circle resident reported suspicious activity Feb. 22 at her home. A man knocked on her door saying he was there to update her security system. He left when she said she was calling the security company first. The man was gone when police arrived.

A resident in the 1700 block of Century Avenue reported a burglary on Feb. 22. The woman said she came home to find her door kicked in. The apartment was found in a state of disarray, which the resident said was “its normal state.” A tablet was initially reported missing. It was later found beneath dirty laundry. The complainant made no other attempt to determine if other belongings were missing during the two hours police were there. Among items that were left at the residence were three television sets. A witness reported hearing a loud noise around 10 p.m. and then seeing bags stacked in front of the complainant’s door.

Police were called Feb. 23 to Goodwill, 10450 Hudson Road, for a report of a suspicious male in the store. Workers there reported ongoing problems with merchandise disappearing after the suspect, an Inver Grove Heights man, would come in. The man and other suspects left without incident, though police noted they had a history of theft and fleeing.

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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