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Police find no leads in $200,000 burglary at Woodbury dairy plant

Dean Foods is located in the 1900 block of Wooddale Drive in Woodbury. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

An estimated $200,000 worth of dairy equipment was recently reported stolen from the Dean Foods plant in Woodbury.

Woodbury Public Safety, which released its July 14 initial complaint report last Friday, has no witnesses nor suspects. 

Plant engineering manager Ryan William Stubblefield of Woodbury reported the burglary, which occurred at a warehouse 1/2 mile away from the Woodbury plant.

Two hundred separator discs, described as 3-inch pieces of sheet metal, went missing on May 24, according to the police report. The stainless steel separators were stacked on a single pallet in a warehouse to which many people had access.

The equipment is used in the process of separating cream from milk at the dairy plant located in the 1900 block of Wooddale Drive. 

Police were awaiting the surveillance video from Dean Foods, at the time of the report.

The exact time of the burglary is unknown, according to police.

In July 2000, Dean Foods purchased the Land O’ Lakes Upper Midwest fluid milk operations, including the Woodbury plant.

Dean Foods is one of the nation’s largest processors and direct-to-store distributors of fluid milk in the nation. The company also distributes ice cream, cultured products, juices, teas, bottled water and other products. Land O’ Lakes is one of more than 50 brands and private labels under the Dean Foods umbrella. 

Woodbury is one of the company’s 70 plants.