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Police report: Missing items at Red Roof Inn, a pile of bones, a 12-year-old driver

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

On Sept. 9, while clearing space for a new walking path near the intersection of Dale Road and South Ridge Drive, a Webster, Minn., resident found a pile of bones. Unsure of their origin, the man called police, who determined they were deer bones. 

Woodbury Elementary School staff notified police about a report of a suspicious situation. On Sept. 9, a driver took down the license plate information of a white van that appeared to be following a young bicyclist. The student said he was unaware of the vehicle and didn’t believe he’d been followed. No further action was requested.

Police responded to a report of a suspicious white van on Sept. 10 At Valley Crossing Community School. A Woodbury woman saw a man inside and turned around to get a better look, but the vehicle was gone and she didn’t write down the license plate information. Police checked the area and failed to located the van.

A man kept a small amount of marijuana at Woodbury Senior Living for more than a year and had forgotten about it, he told police Sept. 11, after staff reportedly found the drugs and some pipes in his nightstand. The man was on oxygen. Police advised him of the law regarding marijuana, then confiscated the drugs and paraphernalia and logged them for disposal. 

At 1:12 a.m. Sept. 12, a Maplewood man visited the lobby of the Red Roof Inn, looking for an ID that he said was taken or lost two weeks ago. When police arrived, the obviously intoxicated man asked to go to Hastings. Police clarified whether he meant Dakota County’s detoxification center in Hastings. The man got up, walked out to the squad car, sat in the backseat and was transported to detox without incident. Later, he called looking for his backpack, which was located at Cowboy Jack’s lost and found. A community service officer returned it to the man at detox.

On Sept. 12, a complainant notified police of a customer with Alzheimer’s disease in the 4600 block of Cottage Grove Drive, suggesting that the elderly man shouldn’t be driving. The police followed the man home but found no reason to stop him.

A Woodbury man’s neighbor gave him “the fist” and swerved past in his car on Sept. 12 near the fire station along Upper Afton Road. This is an ongoing issue. Civil remedies through the Washington County District Court were suggested by police, as well as a harassment restraining order. The man expressed no desire to do so, but he wanted the incident to be documented.

At 4:45 p.m. Sept. 12, police responded to a careless driving complaint. A 12-year-old was driving a Ford F150 around the Red Roof Inn parking lot. Police determined that the lot is private property and no violation occurred.

On Sept. 13, police responded to Walmart after a loaded gun was found on a shelf in an aisle. It appeared that someone had removed the air-soft pellet gun — a type sold at Walmart — from the packaging in an attempt to conceal it but then decided against it.

At 1 a.m. Sept. 14, police responded to visit with an intoxicated male standing outside the Red Roof Inn lobby, asking for keys to an unknown room.

A redhead roamed the halls of Holiday Inn Express for more than an hour. Someone called 911 at 2:26 a.m. Sept. 14, but police were unable to locate the wanderer on any floor, in the common areas, or outside the hotel.

A truck set on fire on Sept. 14 near the intersection of Woodlane and Wooddale drives. Woodbury Public Safety responded to douse the flames. 

The case is closed after a Woodbury Senior Living resident reported Sept. 14 that she had been financially exploited by her son, allegedly emptying her bank account. 

A Red Roof Inn employee reported her mother’s purse stolen from the lobby 2:13 p.m. Sept. 14. When police arrived, she had found it under the sink in the employee-only bathroom, where she left it in a “complete camera dead spot,” according to the initial complaint report by police. The only thing missing was $30 in cash. The employee, whose mother also works at the hotel, saw a suspect exit the bathroom and abruptly leave work for the day. No evidence links the suspect to the missing money, but the suspect said she feels bad for the complainant’s mother and would pay her the missing money.

Police returned to the Red Roof Inn at 4:32 p.m. Sept. 14 after two victims each had $400 taken from their room. The suspect was a cleaning employee, the same woman — a new employee — who was suspected in a $30 theft earlier in the day. In town for work for the past three weeks, the two men each put $700 into their backpacks. One of them found his backpack unzipped. The suspect had not cleaned any of the rooms she was assigned to clean. Hotel staff is aware of the housekeeping key number used by each employee, and police are investigating what key was swiped to gain entry to the room. 

A woman was transported at 7:54 p.m. Sept. 14 to Regions Hospital in St. Paul after a vehicle rollover at the intersection of Interstate 94 and Radio Drive. Her car rolled backwards, she was leaning out, and she appeared injured, according to Woodbury police. Minnesota State Patrol wrote the accident report.