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Police reports: Tipsy would-be burglar, bold tool thief, sticky-fingered cleaning lady, more ...

A Promenade Lane resident reported March 5 that jewelry was missing from her home. Six pieces of jewelry valued at $3,500 – including a $1,500 half-carat diamond pendant – were removed from an unlocked file cabinet in the complainant’s bedroom, located in an assisted living facility. As many as 15 people had access to her apartment. No suspects listed.

Walmart, 10240 Hudson Raod, reported March 5 that an Eagan woman suspected in fraudulent purchases was spotted at the store making suspicious purchases. The woman is suspected in multiple instances of swapping electronics price tags with tags for less expensive merchandise. The woman buys the mismarked items and returns them for full-price refunds. Walmart is building a case against the woman.

An anonymous caller reported March 5 that snowmobiles were seen riding on a bike trail near Plymouth Road and Brockton Drive. The caller, who complained that the snowmobiles were going past his home, requested extra patrol in the area.

Police were called March 6 to Valley Creek Apartments, 1701 Century Circle, for a vehicle break-in. A woman there said someone entered her unlocked vehicle parked in the underground garage. A garage door opener valued at $100 and $2 in loose change was stolen.

A Nature Path resident reported March 8 that a man attempted to enter her home. The man appeared drunk and was seen trying to enter other homes. He was carrying a bag with a bottle inside and was seen stumbling and falling down. A thorough check of the area did not turn up the suspect.

Officers responded March 8 to the 8300 block of Timberwood Road for an assault report. The male victim said the suspect, with whom he has a history of combativeness, came to the house where his girlfriend lives. The victim was having a cigarette in the garage when the suspect walked over and hit him in the face. The suspect, a St. Paul man, was escorted from the residence, but not before he threatened to visit the victim again later that night. No arrests.

Police were called to a possible burglary in progress on March 9 on Carver Park Circle. Police found two people there. They were identified as the outgoing homeowners who were retrieving the last of their belongings before closing on the sale of the home.

A manager at Northern Tool & Equipment reported March 9 that a man stole a plasma cutter from the store. The suspect entered the store, picked out the tool and left with it. A cashier said she attempted to ask the suspect what he was doing. The suspect replied, “They told me it was OK.” After the man walked out the front doors, the cashier realized it was a theft. A review of surveillance video revealed the man kept his head down the entire time he was in the store in an apparent attempt to mask his identity. He was not located. Loss: $820.

A Belmont Drive resident reported March 11 that items were missing from her home. She suspected a cleaning lady to be responsible for the theft. The suspect had been cited in February at a neighbor’s home where the resident caught the cleaning lady in the act of a theft. Missing items in the most recent report included a men’s wedding ring ($700), a set of steak knives and a bottle of Moroccan oil hair treatment ($40).

A Woodbury woman reported March 11 that she had applied the previous week for a payday loan. Throughout the process she was contacted by a company requesting her bank account information. Though the woman did not turn over that information, she learned the company had withdrawn $87 from her account.

A resident in the 200 block of Dejon Court reported March 11 that power tools were stolen from the back of his pickup truck parked in his driveway. Loss: $1,721.

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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