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Police reports: Random doorstep assault, beheaded bunny, iPhone disappear from gyms, more ...

Police were called Feb. 25 to the 11000 block of Traverse Circle for a beheaded rabbit found on a snowbank in a driveway. The complainant thought a newspaper delivery person might have been responsible for the kill in retaliation to neighbors’ complaints about the driver’s loud muffler. The woman noted that she also had not received her newspaper that day. Police noted that rabbit appeared to have been “feasted on by some predatory bird.”

Police on Feb. 26 cited a Woodbury woman for filing a false police report.

A Savanna Oaks Lane man reported Feb. 28 that he was one of several victims of mail theft on his street. He cited one piece of mail – a valentine from a relative – that was supposed to have $10 in it. The cash was missing from the envelope, which was found to have been opened and re-sealed with tape.

Gordman’s, 8264 Tamarack Village, reported Feb. 28 that a suspicious man was making a fraudulent return. The man selected merchandise from store shelves, then took the items to the service counter for a return. The suspect, a St. Paul resident, was given a gift card. A loss prevention worker at the store recognized the man from three other fraudulent returns at stores in Roseville and Burnsville. The man was arrested by police and later admitted to thefts at all three locations. He said he brings the gift cards to pawn shops or check-cashing places. The man was taken to jail in Stillwater, where a search of his belongings turned up suspected methamphetamine in his wallet.

Police were called Feb. 28 to Target, 7200 Valley Creek Plaza, for a hostile female. A female complainant reported the woman got upset with her while she was trying to park her vehicle. The exchange led to an argument involving the suspect swearing at the complainant and her 10-year-old daughter. The woman then entered Target, where she swore at people in the store. The suspect was gone when police arrived.

Police were called to a Woodbury home on Feb. 28 after a man there said he was assaulted by a random door-knocker. He said he and his roommate were making dinner when a man came and knocked on the door. The man asked if the complainant was the homeowner, which the complainant confirmed. The man then made a vague request for help with his vehicle. As the resident was about to answer, the man at the door then slugged him in the face. The victim stumbled backward, then bolted to his room to retrieve a handgun. The complainant’s roommate witnessed the assault. The suspect was seen getting into an SUV with custom rims and was followed by a sedan. The roommates told police the incident was totally random. Police said no visible injury was observed on the complainant. An effort to locate the suspicious vehicles was unsuccessful.

A Cottage Grove man reported March 1 that his iPhone was stolen from the gym at Xperience Fitness, 1555 Queens Drive. The man said he had left the phone on the floor while he played basketball. He later discovered it was missing. Loss: $300.

A resident in the 7200 block of Lydia Lane reported March 2 that her $20,000 wedding ring was stolen a day after her mail went missing. The ring, which totaled 4 carats’ worth of diamond weight, had been on her nightstand. The woman said she is going through a divorce. Her soon-to-be ex-husband denied the theft. The previous day she found her mailbox hanging open and empty.

Police were called to a theft in progress March 2 at Justice, 9140 Hudson Road. Two women were suspected of working together to steal four packages of headbands and possibly other merchandise from the store.

Officers responded March 2 to Holiday Station, 2030 Eagle Creek Lane, for a disturbance. A female suspect approached another woman and threatened her, adding that she was in a gang. The suspect blocked the complainant from leaving the store. Police were unable to locate the suspect.

A Woodbury woman reported Feb. 26 that her iPhone was stolen at Life Time Fitness, 674 Commons Drive. The woman said she left the phone on a bench in the women’s locker room while blowing her nose. It was gone when she went to retrieve it. Tracking technology in the phone later revealed it to be somewhere in St. Paul. Police went to the St. Paul address and spoke with a Maplewood woman who admitted to being at Life Time with two relatives when the theft occurred. She and the two relatives denied stealing the phone. Loss: $600.

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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