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A resident in the 7400 block of Courtly Road reported March 11 that four vehicles parked on the street, then each driver got out and sat in a different vehicle. Police made contact with the driver of one of the vehicles, a Minneapolis woman. She said all occupants of the vehicles were with a college painting crew and had assembled for a work meeting. Her story checked out.

A Woodbury mail carrier reported March 13 that the garage door of a home in the 1700 block of Evergreen Drive was open, along with the service door to the home. Police made contact with a resident there, who said his wife had forgotten to shut the garage door when she left to run errands.

Police were called March 14 to the Red Roof Inn, 1806 Wooddale Drive, for a report of four people fighting in the back parking lot. Police were unable to locate any combatants or witnesses.

An Oakdale man reported March 14 that his wedding ring was stolen at Xperience Fitness, 1555 Queens Drive. The ring fell from his pants pocket while working out and could not be found. Loss: $2,500.

An officer on patrol March 14 at Woodbury Lakes was contacted by mall security about a theft that had just occurred at Victoria’s Secret. A store worker said one suspect was making a “no receipt” return while a second suspect was concealing merchandise. A female suspect from Minneapolis was identified.

Workers at Perkins, 7325 Currell Blvd., reported March 16 that six people were fighting in the dining room. A fight broke out at 2:47 a.m. among drunk customers after name-calling escalated. The combatants left before police arrived, though two others from the group were told to get their food to go.

Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, reported March 16 that a juvenile was witnessed stealing merchandise from the store. He was taken into custody and questioned. The boy was issued a Youth Service Bureau referral for theft awareness and eight hours of community service.

A head-on crash at 6:40 p.m. March 16 at Valley Creek Road and Woodbury Drive sent two drivers to the hospital. The crash occurred when one of the two drivers failed to yield at a flashing yellow light. One driver was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul; the other driver was also hospitalized.

A Tahoe Circle resident reported March 17 that a former neighbor was knocking at his front door. The man left after being told to do so by the resident.

A brand-new refrigerator was found March 17 in eastbound Interstate 94 traffic near Woodbury Drive. A Woodbury officer moved the appliance to a median ditch, where it was to be picked up by Department of Transportation workers.

An officer was dispatched to Petsmart, 8460 Tamarack Road, for a cat stuck in a tree. A Woodbury woman said she was walking out of the store with her cat when it got loose and ran up the tree. The officer’s attempt to retrieve the cat was unsuccessful so he provided the woman with contact information for a Minneapolis-based service.

A resident in the 2500 block of Cochrane Drive reported March 17 that a dead deer had been placed on his front porch. The man soon learned that the carcass had been staged at the house as part of a joke played by his roommate.

Walgreens, 1965 Donegal Drive, reported March 18 that three females had urinated in the pharmacy drive-thru just after midnight. Police found the females, who appeared drunk. A sober driver was allowed to take them away.

BuyBuy Baby, 9160 Hudson Road, reported March 15 that a man and an accomplice stole two humidifiers from the store. The suspect was recognized from a previous theft at the store in January.

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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