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Police reports: Back-door burglaries, library uproar, suspicious treehouse, more ...

Police were called April 9 to a Woodbury residence for a burglary. Forced entry was gained by prying open a back door to the home. All rooms appeared to have been entered, but the burglars’ focus was the master bedroom, which was ransacked. Nearly $17,000 worth of jewelry, credit cards and cash were stolen.

A Woodbury man reported April 8 that his iPhone was stolen at Xperience Fitness, 1555 Queens Drive. The man left the phone in an unlocked locker while he showered. It was gone when he returned. No suspects. Loss: $400.

A caller reported April 8 that she witnessed people around a recreational fire on a deck. Police arrived to find people around a rec fire in a driveway. They were told to move the fire farther away from the residence.

A Castleford Court resident reported suspicious activity April 9 at her home. She was in the home and watched an attic access panel lift up. Police determined the incident was caused by the wind.

Wulff Funeral Home, 2195 Woodlane Drive, reported a burglary April 10. Someone threw a rock that broke the front door. No entry was gained to the property. Damage: $700.

Police were called April 10 to R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place, for unruly teenagers. A boy and two girls were being loud and refusing to leave. The youths complained that after a librarian asked them to quiet down, she snapped her fingers in their faces. The children’s parents were at the library and cooperated in helping them leave for the day.

An anonymous caller reported April 11 that a dog was seen stuck in a swamp near King of Kings Lutheran Church on Radio Drive. An officer located the partially submerged Collie/terrier dog, which was found to be dead. The dog’s remains were taken away; its owner was not able to be determined.

Police were called April 11 to Edgewater Drive for a report of juveniles playing “ding-dong-ditch.” A search of the neighborhood turned up no perpetrators.

Police responded April 12 to Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, for a report of three men chasing a woman through the store. Police attempted to separate the people, some of whom disobeyed officers’ orders. “Their resistance elicited a response from officers,” according to the report. One man, a St. Paul resident, was found to be the primary aggressor. He was cited for disorderly conduct and released. An Ellsworth, Wis., woman was cited for obstructing justice, as was an Ellsworth man. They were also released at the scene.

An officer on patrol April 13 at Woodlane Drive and Valley Creek Road witnessed a vehicle run a red light. The officer caught up with the vehicle and spoke with the driver, who admitted running the red light. The driver, a Woodbury man, was found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Additional pot was found concealed in a jacket in the trunk. The driver was cited for possession of small amount of marijuana in a motor vehicle, possession of paraphernalia, semaphore violation and an insurance violation.

A Woodbury man returned to his home April 10 to find it had been burglarized. A back patio door had been pried open while the resident was gone briefly. More than $17,000 worth of belongings were missing, including jewelry and cash. No suspects.

A Woodbury resident came home April 11 to find the back door smashed out. The home was rummaged through, though it was not immediately clear what, if anything, was taken. No suspects.

A Mount Horeb, Wis., woman reported April 8 that her bank notified her of suspicious activity on her credit card. She learned that the account was accessed that day at the Woodbury Walmart twice within one minute, with the two transactions totaling $810. Since she had her credit card, the woman was puzzled how the transaction was made. Surveillance video revealed two male using four different credit cards to buy gift cards. Walmart security deactivated the gift cards. Images of the suspects were circulated among law enforcement agencies.

Firefighters and police were called April 14 to a Century Circle apartment for a deck fire. An officer arrived to find the deck on fire and, along with the tenant, used bowls of water to extinguish the flames. Cigarette butts were located in a nearby planter.

A Woodbury woman reported April 14 that she received an anonymous letter threatening a class-action lawsuit filed against her for playing her music too loud. The woman denied having problems with anyone, but noted that she had been a target of vandalism and criminal property damage in the past. The letter was confiscated for fingerprint analysis.

An anonymous caller reported that young people were believed to be smoking pot and having sex in a treehouse in her neighborhood. Among the complainant’s concerns was the possibility of the treehouse having locks on its doors, allowing the alleged activity to be hidden. Police were unable to make contact with the property owner.

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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