Police report: Lost wedding ring, stolen golf clubs, and an unknown animal hit by a car
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
An employee at Woodbury Elementary lost her wedding ring. The last time she saw it was at school. At 8:09 a.m. Oct. 6, she notified police at the $6,858.60 loss.
At 3:54 p.m. Oct. 7, police responded to investigate alleged theft by swindle -- $100 at Victoria’s Secret, $100 at Express and $26 at Maurices. Photos and video of the quick change scam were collected as evidence.
At 4:07 p.m. Oct. 7, two buses hit each other at the intersection of Compass Pointe Road and Compass Circle. Between the two buses, 35 students were on board, but no injuries occurred and the vehicles sustained minor damage. One driver was from Cottage Grove, the other from Newport. All names were gathered and documented by the bus company for their records only, and a state crash report was completed.
Police are unable transport an intoxicated man to detox against his will, unless there is an immediate concern for the safety of the individual, according to an initial complaint report. The mother of the Bayport man called police at 4:09 p.m. Oct. 7 from the Red Roof Inn, saying he is an alcoholic and will usually drink until his blood-alcohol content reaches 0.30. Police checked the man’s welfare. He blew a 0.13.
At 11:09 a.m. Oct. 8, a small box -- 4 inches by 4 inches by 2 inches -- was reported found, with camouflage duct tape on it, in the landscaping near a sign at Wedgewood Park. It contained a small baggie of marijuana, a glass pipe, a lighter and a grinder. Woodbury Public Safety disposed of the drugs and paraphernalia.
An orange and black mini-bike was reportedly stolen from a home in the 7800 block of Rimbley Road. Police took the first-degree burglary report at 2:41 p.m. Oct. 8. The total loss was $200 to $300.
At 3:30 p.m. Oct. 8, police responded for shoplifters fleeing with a stolen rug. They walked out of Pier One and loaded the $200 rug into a gray Dodge Journey. Before they left Tamarack Village, one of the suspects jump started the car, which was gone upon police arrival.
At 6:08 p.m. Oct. 8, Woodbury Public Safety responded to a fight between juveniles, near Holiday Superstores along Valley Creek Road. Two boys were play fighting, including using an orange toy guy. One of their mothers was nearby. She was advised of the dangers and consequences of playing with toy guns.
At 6:43 p.m. Oct. 8, residents were evacuated and police responded after smoke was seen coming from an apartment at Woodbury Senior Living. Something had been overcooked in the microwave.
Contents of a small safe went missing from a room at the Red Roof Inn, and police were called at 9:31 p.m. Oct. 8. A member of the cleaning crew was accused of taking $300 to $400. “The rooms do not track who comes and goes from the room. … Numerous employees have access to the rooms … and they have no way to track who goes in and out at all times,” according to the initial complaint report. Solvability is low, the report said.
At 9:43 p.m. Oct. 8, a Woodbury woman hit an unknown animal with her car. Police arrived to dispatch the animal, but couldn’t find it along Radio Drive, between Lake Road and the library, where the accident occurred.
A Woodbury High School teacher asked a group of friends to go to the lunchroom, and they refused because they had permission to sit downstairs. One of the students refused to give his name to the teacher, so in hopes of later identifying the student, the teacher used a cell phone to take the student’s picture without permission. The student called police at 11:49 a.m. Oct. 9, and received a talk about respect to staff and policies. The teacher had already deleted the photos from the phone.
At 9:42 p.m. Oct. 9, a juvenile received a citation for underage consumption of alcohol. The girl, who was seen stumbling and staggering in the Woodbury High School parking lot, had consumed an unknown amount of tequila that had been passed around the bleachers at the football game. A preliminary breath test showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.159. She had vomited and was confrontational with police, even grabbing an officer’s notebook. The girl was handcuffed and secured in the patrol car until being released to her mother. It wasn’t the girl’s first citation for underage consumption.
At 10:33 p.m. Oct. 10, suspicious activity was reported in the 7500 block of Steepleview Road. A man parked a car in the driveway for 25 minutes, then went inside the house with a flashlight before leaving.
Woodbury Public Safety responded to a grass fire at 12:44 p.m. Oct. 11, along Interstate 94, between Radio and Woodbury drives.
At 2:43 p.m. Oct. 11, police responded for a theft from a garage in the 10000 block of City Walk Drive. A Titleist golf iron set, a Big Bertha driver, and hybrid clubs in a Nike bag -- kept in an open parking space in an enclosed garage -- were stolen while the complainant was out of town. The total loss was about $1,100. Police apprehended a suspect in the first-degree burglary and other thefts from the garage.
At 1:05 p.m. Oct. 12, a suspicious person was reportedly trying to get into a home in the 6800 block of Stratford Road. Police responded for the possible burglary. The Hispanic man in a black hoodie was the resident of the home, and he was locked out.