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Police report: 1 suspicious lighter fluid, 4 staging shoplifters, and 2 kids in a head-on collision

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

* On June 9, police responded to a business along Wooddale Drive for a theft allegation. In the complainant’s hotel room, the bed was made, $120 of cash was missing from the center of his bed, and the maid denied taking the money.

* Juveniles were reportedly engaged in suspicious activity, possibly smoking marijuana, in a car parked in the 1500 block of Shannon Drive on June 9. Police checked the area.

* On June 10, the Woodbury driver of a 2002 Buick Century ran a stop sign and hit a 2004 Ford F-150, causing a rollover accident. The Ford, driven by a Woodbury man and owned by MGM Development, rolled several times before landing in a ditch. Vehicles were towed, the drivers exchanged insurance information, and officers let Woodbury Public Works to erect a new stop sign.

* A Woodbury man called police upon finding a suspicious item June 10. Officers responded to  Settlers Ridge Parkway and Conifer Pass, and they concluded what the complainant, a passerby, saw was an empty lighter fluid container.

* Police transported a man from the Sheraton St. Paul Woodbury to detoxification center in Hastings on June 11. The hotel guest had passed out in the lobby. His blood-alcohol content was 0.32 and he was out of care and control of himself.

* At 2:36 a.m. June 11, in the 2300 block of Shadow Creek Trail, officers told a group of males they were being too loud. They apologized and went inside for the night.

* A South St. Paul man found the wallet of a St. Paul man in a parking lot in the 1900 block of Donegal Drive on June 11. The finder called police to turn in the small black wallet containing a credit card and driver’s license. Police called the owner with negative results, so they sent him a letter stating that his belongings were held in safe keeping by Woodbury Public Safety.

* Four women staged merchandise at a business in the 9000 block of Hudson Road on June 11. Nothing was stolen. One of them was pushing around an empty baby stroller. Employees provided a description of their vehicle, which then could not be located by police.

* At 3:30 p.m. June 11, near the intersection of Shannon Drive and Tamberwood Road, a vehicle was pulled over. According to the 911 caller, suspicious activity was occurring and there had been an ongoing issue with cars parking in the same location at night and then condoms being found in the area later.

* At 2:26 a.m. June 12, police responded to a report of glass breaking in the 7800 block of Dunmore Road. Police searched the area for an alleged break-in, and they found a broken bottle but no broken windows.

* On June 12, an accident caused personal injury near the intersection of Bailey Road and Pioneer Drive. One vehicle failed to yield, striking the other vehicle. The driver whose car was hit suffered a minor abrasion to her chest and neck area. Both drivers live in Woodbury.

* A head-on collision June 12 at the intersection of Woodlane Drive and Stratford Road caused injuries. A 20-year-old driver from Onalaska, Wis., was cited for failure to yield, and a 60-year-old passenger from Woodbury was treated at Woodwinds Hospital for minor injuries. The other car contained a 47-year-old, a 7-year-old and a 5-year-old. 

* At 8:21 p.m. June 12, police responded to a report of disorderly conduct, lewd behavior and indecent exposure at Sundown Clubhouse, along Avignon Court. A Mahtomedi man in his 20s, a guest of another man who lives in the nearby apartments, had peed off the deck. Officers issued a verbal warning. He thought the tree cover would’ve kept anyone from seeing him.

* Ten juveniles climbed a tree and tried to shake limbs off of it at Ridgegate Park, along Dunmore Road, on June 12. A complainant called police about the malicious mischief, but when officers checked the area, kids were only playing basketball.

* A woman and man engaged in a verbal domestic situation, which was reported to police at 1:36 p.m. June 13. Officers responded to a business in the 1800 block of Wooddale Drive, where an ex-girlfriend tried to take her infant daughter and all of the child’s stuff. The girl’s father, who had blocked them from leaving the hotel room where they had been living together, protested because he didn’t approve of the mother taking an infant to the home of a pain pill dealer. No assault was reported. The girl stayed with her father and a 6-year-old boy went with his mother. Police recommended a child custody remedy in civil court.

* At 2:07 p.m. June 13 at the same business along Wooddale Drive, theft of medication was reported to police. The complainant, who spent a night at the hotel with her son’s ex-girlfriend, returned from walking her dog to find 50 hydrocodone pills missing from her pill bottle.   

* In an alleged burglary, power tools went missing from a locked storage closet in the hallway at an apartment building along Collingwood Lane. On June 13, a resident found the door to his closet locked and shut like any other day but with the locking mechanism disturbed and fresh pry marks on the door frame. As of June 17, the complainant hadn’t provided the officer with a property loss inventory form, so the officer advised him a second time on how to fill out the documents.

* At 8:25 a.m. June 14, police responded to another alleged burglary. At a business in the 8100 block of Coller Way, an employee saw someone run out of the building’s back door wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt. Nothing was missing except possibly spare keys, but the cash register drawer had been moved to the back door. Numerous people have keys to the building; there were no signs of forced entry. St. Paul K-9 attempted to track the suspect with negative results. Cash was removed from the drawer and left at the business while the drawer was logged into evidence for processing. The business had no alarm system, no video was recorded, and there are no suspects.

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