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Police reports: Teary-eyed shoplifter, surly bar patron, parking lot problems, more ...

Police on patrol at 1:49 a.m. June 4 on Tamberwood Lane stopped a man on foot. Officers noted the area had been struck by recent vehicle break-ins. Police detected the pedestrian’s speech was slurred; he admitted to drinking at a friend’s home. A breath test revealed the man’s blood-alcohol level was 0.13. He was driven home and issued an underage drinking ticket.

A job foreman working at a construction site in the 9200 block of Compass Pointe Circle reported June 4 that $1,000 worth of construction materials had been stolen over the weekend.

Workers at Home Depot, 8334 Tamarack Village, reported June 4 that unwanted people were outside the building’s entrance asking for money. A 41-year-old man and his family were holding signs asking for money and a job. Police had trespassed the same people three days earlier from the Woodbury Walmart. The family was warned that criminal charges would follow if the behavior continued.

A Lydia Bay resident reported June 6 that a man was seen walking through Carver Lake Park without pants or underwear. Police located the man. He was wearing short shorts. No problems were discovered.

An officer investigating a shoplifting incident June 6 at Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, were alerted to a separate shoplifting case involving a man stealing a Magic Bullet blender and a computer keyboard. Police apprehended the man, a Woodbury resident, but were unable to interview him because he was upset and crying. Walmart security said it was the second time the man had shoplifted from the store. He was cited for theft and released.

A Halstead Trail resident reported June 6 that three boys rang his doorbell, then ran off. The suspects were last seen walking down the street, but were not located by police.

Police stopped a motorist June 8 at Interstate 494 and Lake Road for speeding. The driver, a Cedar Creek, Texas, man, was clocked at 98 mph in a 60 mph zone. Police suspected the man to be intoxicated; a breath test revealed his blood-alcohol content to be 0.12. He was taken to county jail in Stillwater.

Police were called at 2:23 a.m. June 8 to Wild Bill’s, 546 Commons Drive, by a Woodbury man who said staff there were refusing to let him leave. Dispatchers noted the man sounded intoxicated. Police arrived and learned the man had threatened bar staff, asking if they had been “pistol whipped” before becoming verbally confrontational toward staff. Police served the man with a trespass notice, which he refused to sign. He was given a ride home by his mother.

Officers were alerted June 8 by an off-duty St. Paul police officer that a woman was passed out drunk in a van parked outside Joann Fabrics, 8208 Tamarack Village. The St. Paul officer, who had been flagged down by a passerby concerned about the sight of the woman, approached the van to check on her. The woman rolled down her window and dumped out a cup of her own urine on the ground. Woodbury police interviewed the woman, a Woodbury resident, who said she had been arguing with her husband. A breath test revealed her blood-alcohol level to be 0.31. She refused to get out of the van, requiring the officer to help her out. She was taken to a detox facility in Hastings.

Police were called to a disturbance June 9 at the Red Roof Inn, 1806 Wooddale Drive. While talking with motel staff, two people involved in the disturbance – a St. Paul couple – came to the office. The St. Paul man said he had been threatened by a Cottage Grove woman after he parked his car at the motel. He denied any wrongdoing, though staff ordered him to check out immediately. Police spoke with the mother of the Cottage Grove woman, who claimed that the St. Paulites were the instigators. The Cottage Grove woman and her mother were also ordered to vacate. Police later learned the St. Paul man had given the Cottage Grove woman’s mother “the finger,” though another witness account listed the Cottage Grove woman as the aggressor. Both groups left without incident or citations.  

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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