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Police reports: Offensive construction crew, off-roader gets stuck, Red Roof encounter gone sour, more ...

A worker at Petsmart, 8460 Tamarack Road, reported April 1 that her credit card and $10 cash were taken from her jacket in the company’s break room. The credit card was used fraudulently in Maplewood and St. Paul.

A Woodbury man reported April 2 that he honked at another motorist outside Footprints Academy, 9025 Tamarack Road. The other motorist responded by giving him “the finger” and swearing at him when they got on the roadway. The offending driver was described as speaking in a heavy Russian accent.

A resident in the 6900 block of Carlyle Road reported April 3 that tools were stolen from his work van. Someone damaged the passenger side door of the van to gain access to 12 rolls of copper wire ($700) and 10 rolls of Romax wire ($1,000).

The manager at Minnesota Central School Bus Co. reported April 3 that a bus driver encountered problems with construction crews near Wyncrest Court and Crestberry Drive. The driver said construction crews blocked the road with machinery and trucks so he couldn't get through. When asked to move the vehicles, the crew members became confrontational and gave the driver “the finger.” Fearful that it might lead to a physical confrontation, the driver requested extra patrol at pick-up and drop-off times. Police drove the area and did not find any construction vehicles blocking the road.

A Woodbury woman reported April 3 that a group of young people got a vehicle stuck in mud in a public works access near Bailey Ridge Alcove. Police arrived to find a Woodbury man trying to dig his truck out of the mud. The man said he got the truck stuck the previous night after he decided to go off-roading. The truck was removed with AAA assistance. Woodbury Public Works reported minor damage to the road. No charges were filed, though the driver was warned that future damage to city property could yield a citation.

Cub Foods, 8432 Tamarack Village, reported April 3 that a man walked out of the store with a basketful of unpaid merchandise and entered a car parked in the fire lane waiting for him. The man had a 24-pack of Coke in his other hand.

A caller reported April 5 that a group of people were fighting on CityWalk Drive. Police found no fight taking place.

A woman reported April 5 that her son was assaulted while playing outside with other children on Ashwood Road. The boy, who has mental illness, was checked for injury and found to be unharmed. The mother said the other kids were “just going too far” with their roughhousing.

A Woodbury woman reported April 5 that she saw a possible burglar hanging from the roof on the west side of the building at Math and Science Academy, 8430 Woodbury Crossing. Two others were also seen. Police checked the scene, but found no suspects, nor any footprint evidence in the snow of trespassers in that area.

A Woodbury man reported April 6 that he was watching his neighbor’s home while he was away in Florida. The man said he left for breakfast and returned home later to discover the neighbor’s garage door open. A garage service-door was later found pried open. The homeowner was contacted and said he would file a list of stolen items when he returned to Minnesota.

A juvenile female went to her neighbor’s house April 7 after a stranger came to the girl’s door. The stranger, described as a man in his 60s, was attempting to enter the front door with a key. The neighbor confronted the man, who said he had dropped off his nephew at nearby Eagle Valley Golf Course and was at the house to see friends. The neighbor took the girl and her brother to her home and called the golf course, which was closed. The man was seen leaving in a silver SUV. Police said it was unclear whether the man was casing the area for future burglaries or if he was just confused.

A Woodbury High School student reported his bicycle was stolen April 7 from a bike rack at Ojibway Park. The student rode his bike to school and left it unlocked on the rack. Loss: $200.

Police and firefighters were called April 7 to a home in the 5800 block of Deer Trail Circle for a fire at an electrical box. White smoke was seen.

Police were called April 8 to the Red Roof Inn, 1806 Wooddale Drive, for a disturbance involving drunk people banging on doors. A St. Paul man came to the motel to see his girlfriend, a Welch, Minn., woman. The man refused to have sex with the woman so she threw him out of the room. The man was banging on the door in hopes of retrieving his phone, watch and jacket. The woman gave him his watch, but nothing else. The man later left with his sister.

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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