Police report: Armed robbery, first-degree burglary without a suspect, a fire under investigation
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
On Aug. 11, a juvenile complained about obscenities painted on the skate park elements, located in the 2600 block of Ojibway Drive. Two picnic tables, a tree and concrete at Ojibway Park was vandalized with black and gold paint, and most of the writing was illegible.
On Aug. 12, an armed robbery was reported. Two days earlier, two armed robbers took $60 from the wallet of a contracted gardener at Woodbury Lakes shopping center while he was watering plants at 3:34 a.m. One of the robbers had a gun. The victim didn’t want the police involved, according to Woodbury Lakes Public Safety, but the victim reported to the police station.
On Aug. 12, a bicyclist crashed with the driver’s side of a PT Cruiser near the intersection of Woodlane Drive and Courtly Road. The accident caused a minor scratch, but caused no injuries.
Police met a St. Paul resident at Burger King to discuss an altercation that occurred Aug. 12, possibly in Woodbury. The victim wanted it documented that her brother broke her phone, in case he doesn’t agree to pay for its replacement.
A hooded man in his 20s entered and escaped through a window of a home along Cedarwood Drive after being caught in the act of first-degree burglary. The 85-year-old complainant called police at 1:25 a.m. Aug. 13, after he heard a noise downstairs and found the man trying to remove his property without right of claim and with intent to deprive. An estimated $75 of damage was done to the laundry room window, which faces the park into which the burglar escaped.
An overnight burglary was reported Aug. 13 at a construction site in the 7500 block of Bailey Road, where unknown people cut the locks off of at least three storage pods and trailers and took construction tools and equipment. An inventory of missing items was taken by the site manager from Champlin and a carpentry contractor from Anoka. Jerry’s Foods was asked to provide surveillance of a suspicious truck that drove behind the business to the construction site, as well as images of a man wearing an orange vest.
A Stacy, Minn., man received a citation for failure to drive with due care and no proof of insurance at 3:08 p.m. Aug. 13. Police responded after the 25-year-old’s Dodge Ram rear ended a 65-year-old Woodbury man’s Saturn Vue, causing neck pain for the senior citizen. The younger man admitted he was traveling too fast for the heavy rush-hour traffic and had to swerve to try to stop. The older man was check by Woodbury Public Safety emergency medical technician (EMT), and both drivers left the scene without a tow.
Suspicious activity was reported at 7:47 p.m. Aug. 13. A man had retrieved personal items from his vehicle and brought them to his hotel room. Several other guests were outside, and none of them reported seeing anything. No action was taken by police.
At 10:35 a.m. Aug. 14, police responded to the 6500 block of Crackleberry Trail for a non-domesticated animal complaint. A resident wanted information about what he can do about a possible bat in his house. Options were discussed.
At 11:59 p.m. Aug. 14, Woodbury Public Safety responded to a vehicle fire at Woodbury Lutheran Church, in the 7300 block of Afton Road, but the fire was out upon firefighter arrival.
A head-on collision left a Woodbury driver shaken up at 5:05 p.m. Aug. 15 in the 7000 block of Valley Creek Plaza. The 44-year-old was hit by a car driven by a 16-year-old from Woodbury. The teenager’s passenger was a 7-year-old boy from Woodbury. No specific injuries were reported, and all occupants were evaluated by EMTs. The vehicles each sustained damages of less than $1,000, according to police.
At 2:24 a.m. Aug. 16, a Maplewood man was committed to Ramsey County Detox Center in St. Paul with blood-alcohol content of 0.17. The 53-year-old man and his adult daughter created a disturbance regarding driving. His speech was slurred, he smelled of alcohol, and he had trouble standing; police determined he was unable to care for himself. The subject and his family were detained for questioning in the disturbance, but no parties -- including Cowboy Jacks, where they were fighting-- wanted charges. The man’s adult children were transported to Denny’s, where they arranged for a sober ride home.
A person, possibly an intoxicated juvenile, in a muscle shirt was knocking on doors and being disrespectful at 5:28 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Red Roof Inn, in the 1800 block of Wooddale Drive. Police checked the area for the unwanted party.
Woodbury firefighters responded at 9:20 p.m. Aug. 16 to a fire in a garage along Sequoia Road. A woman heard noises in the garage and told her husband, who opened the service door between the house and garage. The couple and two children left the house, as black smoke billowed out of the door. Nearby homes were evacuated by responding firefighters, who saw flames. A fire investigation ensued.
- At 3:41 a.m. Aug. 17, police spoke with a 22-year-old woman and four juveniles who were being loud and would not stay in their room at the Red Roof Inn. They agreed to quiet down.