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Police reports: Walmart swindlers, 911 abuse, Internet fraud, more ...

Police were called April 17 to Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, for a theft report. An officer was alerted by Walmart security that a woman who had stolen batting gloves and a pair of socks was fleeing the store in a van. Police caught up with the woman outside a nearby Applebee’s, where she was apprehended. The woman, identified as a Lake Elmo resident, said she stole the merchandise because she was mad at the store manager over a cellphone bill. She was cited for theft.

A Parkside Draw resident reported April 17 that he was the victim of Internet fraud. The man was informed that his house, which had just been listed on the real estate market, was now being displayed on a website soliciting renters. The site, based in New York, said people interested in renting should mail in two months’ rent.

Police were called April 17 to Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, for a theft report. Two males were selecting merchandise, then taking the items to the return desk, where they attempted to return them using an old receipt. One suspect, a Stillwater man, admitted to the swindle attempt, which involved two cans of Red Bull. The other man, a Hudson resident, was found in possession of heroin and a hypodermic needle. Both men were jailed in Stillwater.

The assistant director of facilities at Woodbury Middle School, 1425 School Drive, reported April 17 that a coach at the gym was not abiding school policies. A custodian at the school told the coach that he didn’t have a permit allowing him to coach basketball in the gym until 9 p.m. The coach became upset, rebuffed the custodian’s claim and refused to leave after being asked. While talking with police, the coach said he became upset over the way the custodian confronted him. A review of the permit revealed the coach could not be there past 9 p.m. He was asked to leave and did so peacefully.

Police and firefighters responded April 18 to a transformer fire in the 9200 block of Wedgewood Point. Police found tire tracks near the transformer, indicating it had been struck by a vehicle. Police had seen a pickup in the area delivering newspapers. Police spoke with the newspaper route manager, who said one of his drivers admitted to hitting the transformer and had called 911. The driver, who does not speak English, wasn’t able to articulate the problem, so he attempted ringing a nearby resident’s doorbell. The resident confirmed that someone rang his doorbell. No charges were filed due to the driver’s attempt to report the accident.

A teacher at East Ridge High School reported April 18 that an iPad went missing from her classroom. Loss: $450.

Officers were called April 18 to Carver Lake Park for a report of three boys playing on thin ice. Police spoke with the boys and a parent there about the dangers of playing on thin ice. The youths understood and left with the parent.

Police were called April 18 to a burglary in progress on Sailor Way. Children were home at the time and locked themselves in a room after hearing someone enter the home. There was no intruder. The home’s listed realtor was showing the house.

A Hammond, Wis., woman reported April 19 that she was being followed by “the Rasta movement” at Cub Foods at Tamarack Village. Police located the woman outside Home Depot, where she was determined to have a warrant for her arrest. The woman was taken to Washington County jail, where jailers found loose Adderall pills in her purse. Police were attempting to confirm whether the woman had a prescription for the pills or is she was in illegal possession of the controlled substances.

A Hemlock Boulevard resident reported April 19 that her keys were stolen. The keys had been left in the keyhole of her vehicle. When she went to look for them, they were gone.

Police arrested a man April 20 after he repeatedly called 911 for various reasons. The man, a Maplewood resident, called 911 to request a tow truck, to ask about bailing out his friend from Ramsey County jail and to request vehicle lock-out service. Dispatchers told the man that his questions were not emergencies. He called 911 again to ask why the lock-out service was taking so long. Police interviewed the man, who said his cellphone had run out of minutes and he was using the free 911 option to make calls. He was arrested on suspicion of violating emergency telephone call laws.

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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