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Police reports: Armed man draws alarm, golf course harassment, suspicious park romp, more ...

NOTE: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

A Woodbury man reported July 25 that he bought a computer from a Miami, Fla., man through Craigslist and wired him the funds but never received the computer.

A resident in the 10000 block of Waters Edge Lane reported July 25 that there was an intruder in the home. Officers were informed en route that person was the caller’s husband who had arrived home unexpectedly early.

Police responded July 26 to a report of suspicious activity in a vehicle parked near the Carver Lake Park archery range. A witness reported seeing people, one of whom he suspected to be a prostitute, “bouncing around” inside the vehicle. Police made contact with the occupants of the vehicle who said they were in a relationship.

A resident in the 3000 block of Tanner Road reported July 26 that someone was banging on his front door and windows. Police were unable to locate the juvenile suspects.

Police responded July 27 to Sisu, 2170 Eagle Creek Lane, for a suspicious male. Workers at the women’s clothing store said the man raised suspicions after he wandered the store and tried on a tank top. The man also asked a worker her opinion of the clothes he was trying on. Going off a license plate description, police were able to track down another report of the man behaving the same way at another Woodbury store. Officers went to the man’s residence, where they learned he is autistic. He was trespassed from the store.

Walmart, 10240 Hudson Road, reported July 27 that a man in the store was witnessed cutting open a box of cologne and placing it in his pants. The man left the store with the concealed merchandise and sped away in a vehicle after security attempted to stop him. Police initiated a traffic stop, where the man, a St. Paul resident, was found in possession of a knife used to cut open the cologne box. A woman who was with him in the store was also searched. A meth pipe and a stolen license plate were found in her backpack. She had been trespassed from all Walmart stores two week prior. The St. Paul man was jailed on suspicion of possession shoplifting tools, shoplifting and no insurance. The woman was booked and released on suspicion of possession of stolen property, trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police were called July 28 to Eagle Valley Golf Course for a group of juveniles harassing customers and stealing golf balls that were in play. Police were unable to locate the suspects.

Fire and police were dispatched at 11:09 p.m. July 28 to a Vining Drive residence for a fire. Gloves had been left on a stove and caught fire.

An anonymous caller reported Aug. 5 that man eating on the patio at Chipotle, 7455 Currell Blvd., had a handgun in his pants pocket. Police located the man, who was found eating his dinner alone. The man, described as “very respectful,” and presented his permit to carry his holstered .45-caliber handgun.

An Upper Afton Road resident reported Aug. 6 that he learned recently who had stolen his horses about 17 years ago and wondered what legal recourse he had. An officer told him the statute of limitations had expired but encouraged him to explore the possibility of civil action.

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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