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Police reports: Unusual exposure at methadone clinic, unattended infant at Red Roof, more ...

An East Ridge High School student reported March 25 that his iPhone was stolen at the school. The juvenile male said he left the phone in his bag in an unlocked locker in the athletic locker room. Loss: $700.

An Oakdale man reported March 26 that his wallet and phone were stolen from the men’s locker room at Life Time Fitness, 675 Commons Drive. The man had put the key to the locker in a towel, then set the towel down in the gym while he played basketball. He returned to find the towel disturbed, but with the key still inside. He went to the locker, where he found his wallet, which contained $200 cash, and his iPhone missing.

Police were called at 12:20 a.m. March 28 to the area of the Red Roof Inn, 1806 Wooddale Drive, for a disturbance. Police found a woman walking in traffic on her way to a nearby gas station in hopes of confronting her boyfriend there following an argument at the motel. While speaking with both people, police learned the couple had a 1-month-old child left unattended back at a Red Roof room. The infant was found unharmed. The boyfriend was taken to St. John’s Hospital at his request. Social services workers were notified of the incident.

Police were called March 28 to Valhalla Place, 6043 Hudson Road, for an indecent exposure report. A taxi driver who transports clients to the methadone clinic went to use the building's public restroom. At the same time he was finishing his business in the restroom, it was time for Muslim prayer. The man said he needed to clean his genitals after urinating, but that process coincided with the required call to prayer. The taxi driver left the restroom with his genitals exposed, “cleaned it off and prayed.” Others in the hallway – methadone clinic clients and staff – witnessed the exposure and alerted police. Police concluded “there was no ill intent” and did not charge the man with indecent exposure. Clinic officials requested the man be trespassed from the property.

Woodbury Lakes security on March 29 reported a suspicious vehicle with occupants spotted dumping stolen merchandise.  The occupants, two women, were believed involved in a recent theft at Victoria’s Secret. Police stopped the vehicle, a search of which yielded “a lot of stolen merchandise from Victoria’s Secret and Francesca’s.” The vehicle’s center console contained a February 2014 ticket for driving after suspension, no insurance and failure to transfer title. The driver, a St. Paul woman, admitted that the items in the vehicle were stolen, but not from that day. She was arrested for not possessing a driver’s license and failure to appear for fines. The passenger, a Chicago woman, was taken to a Denny’s restaurant and released after the vehicle was towed. The driver was jailed in Stillwater, where she accused police of stealing two $100 bills from her.

Police were called March 30 to Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, for a theft report. Store security watched a woman pick out items and conceal them in her purse. She was seen meeting up with a man who security guards knew had been trespassed from the store due to thefts. The man picked out merchandise, loaded it into a cart and pushed it into the adjoining Subway restaurant, where he handed off the cart to the woman. The woman pushed the cart into the parking lot. The man was arrested and jailed on outstanding warrants. The woman was cited by mail.

Officers responded March 31 to Woodbury High School, 2665 Woodlane Drive, for a drug possession report. School staff spotted two males and a female smoking cigarettes. Police were asked to search the backpack of one of the students. The officer immediately smelled marijuana. The student said there were illegal items in the bag, but he was holding them for someone else. A pack of cigarettes, a homemade pipe and a small amount of pot was found in the bag. The boy was cited on the scene for fifth-degree drug possession.

Workers at Staples, 9885 Hudson Place, reported an unruly customer on March 31. Management reported a male customer attempted to return $300 worth of stationery labels without a receipt. Suspecting it was stolen, management denied the transaction, which prompted the man to become irate and loud before leaving in a vehicle. 

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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