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Police report: Fleeing on four-wheelers, landscaping down at Shane Co., barking like a dog, 'Get a job!'

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

  • At 7:34 a.m. July 1, cash was taken out of a wallet in the center console in a vehicle and change snatched from another car in the parking lot of a business along Bexley Drive. No damage was done, nor were there any witnesses, but somebody had rummaged through the vehicles.
  • The manager of the Red Roof Inn in Woodbury reported to police July 1 that a St. Paul Park resident who works at Cowboy Jack’s of Woodbury had not paid her bill for three nights at the hotel. The subject — accused of defrauding an innkeeper, according to the initial complaint report — told police she was intended to pay and was waiting for a paycheck.
  • Police responded to an alleged fifth-degree assault in Woodbury on July 1. A 34-year-old complainant from Woodbury said she was hit in the head with a paper towel dispenser and had several strands of braided hair pulled out by a former friend who was upset about some family matters. The 35-year-old suspect from Woodbury claimed self defense and was arrested, but the Washington County Attorney’s Office denied charges.
  • On July 2, Woodbury Public Safety responded to the intersection of Radio Drive and Central Park Place for a crash involving personal injury. A bicyclist from Woodbury was hit by a car but also was conscious after the bicyclist’s head hit pavement. A state crash report was completed.
  • At the intersection of Southridge Drive and Lighthouse Lane at 4:43 a.m. July 3, five people on four four-wheelers initially fled police but eventually stopped. Four of them admitted underage consumption of alcohol, submitted to preliminary breath tests (PBTs) and were mailed citations. Two Woodbury men and Newport man were questioned about several incidents of vandalism that previously occurred in the area where they were riding, but police determined they were not vandalism suspects.
  • Police responded at 9:56 p.m. July 3 for a report of suspicious activity at Kay Jewelers in Woodbury, where four men in street clothes used a lift in front of the building to climb up to the roof, while a white car circled the parking lot. They turned out to be workers on site.
  • At 12:38 a.m. July 4, after a complainant reported and police officers confirmed a strong smell of marijuana on the south side of a building along Lake View Drive, the complainant requested additional patrol in the area. No one was present, and no evidence was found.
  • A 17-year-old driver complained of chest pain after his car hit a tree by the Shane Co. at 7:28 p.m. July 4. Two juvenile passengers were not injured and declined medical assistance. The driver, from St. Paul, said “the vehicle was not responding” while he drove around the curve near the Woodbury business. The car left the road and hit a landscaping light, as well as the tree. The car was towed, and police contacted the juveniles’ family members.
  • At 8:35 p.m. July 4 along Carlsbad Plaza, an ex-husband showed up on the doorstep of his ex-wife, reportedly intoxicated and under the influence of meth, according to the initial complaint report. Parties made no contact with him nor the man with him, both of whom were unwanted at the house. The men and their vehicle were gone upon police arrival. Officers cleared to go to an urgent medical situation.
  • About 15 people were yelling in the middle of Bailey Road and blocking traffic, which abruptly stopped at 10:38 p.m. July 4, just west of Radio Drive. Two to four people were “physically altercating,” according to the initial complaint report. Police working the fireworks detail separated them, and they disbursed. No one claimed injury or requested further investigation of the public nuisance.
  • At 11:45 p.m. July 4, a resident in the block of 2700 Edgewater Bay called 911 with questions about the city’s noise ordinance. Police response was canceled prior to officer arrival for the public assist.
  • At 3:05 a.m. July 5, a complainant requested information about the noise ordinance for fireworks. The call was generated from the Red Roof Inn.
  • Police responded to a disturbance between Cowboy Jack’s and the Red Roof Inn at 3:30 a.m. July 5. According to the initial complaint report, someone was barking like a dog: “Get a job.” Officers checked the area, with negative results.
  • A fight involving five people occurred at 8:45 p.m. July 6 in the 600 block of Esther Lane. One officer parked a block away while waiting for backup to arrive and the squad car recorded the altercation. Two suspects — a 37-year-old Minneapolis man and a 22-year-old Arden Hills man — stopped fighting and were compliant when the officer approached. They were booked, cited and released at the Washington County jail. Neither of them appeared injured or in need of medical assistance. Three other subjects, relatives of one of those involved in the fight, agreed to separate for the night.
  • Woodbury police assisted Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies at 12:26 a.m. July 7, after a woman reported being robbed at knifepoint in the area of Quant Avenue South in Lake St. Croix Beach. Woodbury officers checked the area, did not locate any suspects, and cleared when deputies stated they needed no further assistance.
  • Near Spire Bank, police caught a suspect after suspicious activity was reported at 12:10 p.m. July 7 along Valley Creek Road. Four 20-somethings were seen rummaging through a backpack. A passport and a few thumb drives were missing. Then, according to Woodbury Public Safety initial complaint report, the complainant “observed a black male wearing a white shirt with his underwear showing” throwing it over a fence toward the nearby water tower. Police located the owner of the backpack, a customer at the Red Roof Inn who had left his property in the back of his truck. Three males and a female were questioned, a 23-year-old was cited for receiving stolen property, and all parties were released.
  • At 12:45 p.m. July 7, police responded for a report of a theft at Royal Oaks Elementary. A license plate from a stolen vehicle was recovered — on a vehicle that matches the description of the stolen vehicle. The owner of a 2005 gray Ford Escape noticed her front plate was missing and her rear plate had been replaced with a different plate. The stolen car is a 2008 gray Ford Escape. The swap occurred in the west parking lot at the elementary school, located in the 7300 block of Steepleview Road. The stolen vehicle’s plate was recovered and St. Paul police were notified. The complainant didn’t notice anyone suspicious in the area at the time of the theft, but the initial complaint report notes an Eden Prairie woman as defendant in the case.