Police report: Sunglasses come from Saudi Arabia, marijuana sickens a dog, homework hacker gets subpoenaed
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
A 4-year-old girl couldn’t wake her mother so she called police at 10:24 a.m. Dec. 2. Officers responded to the residence along Carillon Plaza to find that the mother had just been taking a nap on the couch.
A new resident in the 10700 block of Knollwood Lane called police at 9:32 a.m. Dec. 3 to request a K-9 go through her house to locate possible marijuana. Her dog got very sick, and the veterinarian said the dog showed signs and symptoms of marijuana ingestion. Officers explained that they cannot deploy a K-9 for that reason, and they suggested she go through her newly purchased house in detail and report anything suspicious.
At 7:07 p.m. Dec. 4, police responded to a report of a burglary in progress along Newbury Place. The caller said she has a security camera and someone is inside the residence. Officers established a perimeter, checked the exterior and interior with a K-9, and found no signs of forced entry. It was determined that the noise of the TV might have triggered the camera, leading the occupant to believe there was an intruder. Police reviewed the video footage with the resident and no one was seen inside the residence.
A passenger was injured at 12:11 a.m. Dec. 5 after vehicle traveling 40 mph hit a patch of ice, lost control and slid into a ditch near the intersection of Military Road and Woodlane Drive. The passenger, from New Richmond, Wis., hit her right arm against the door and believed she dislocated it. Her friend transported her to Woodwinds Health Campus. The crashed vehicle, driven by a Cottage Grove man, was towed. Due to the extremely icy conditions causing numerous issues on Military Road, the driver was not cited.
A man smoking a cigarette at Cowboy Jack’s reportedly heard a female voice screaming at 1:17 a.m. Dec. 5 at the Red Roof Inn. The man went to hotel but was chased away by unknown people from an unknown room. Officers checked the area but observed nothing suspicious.
A St. Paul Park woman called police about a threat at 12:37 a.m. Dec. 6. She sounded intoxicated. Officers responded to the Red Roof Inn, where her ex was threatening to come back. It was determined that she only needed resources, as well as information about how to obtain an domestic abuse no contact order (DANCO).
A Woodbury man was cited and trespassed for disorderly conduct and fleeing a police officer on foot after an incident to which police were called at 2:35 a.m. Dec. 6 in the 2100 block of Vining Drive. The man was walking to Walgreens when he stepped in dog feces at his neighbor’s backyard. Enraged, he bagged dog feces, placed it on the neighbor’s doorstep and smeared dog feces on the door handle. The call came in as a burglary in progress, with someone possibly trying to break into the house through the back door. So police established a perimeter and apprehended the man when he ran.
At 5:12 a.m. Dec. 6, a customer crashed his vehicle, at a gas station car wash in the 1500 block of Woodlane Drive. The customer, a Woodbury man, found the car wash closed and backed up over the curb, leaving the car hanging off a retaining wall, above a large propane tank. Under the watchful eye of Woodbury firefighters the car was removed by a tow truck, and no observable damage was done to business property. But the customer didn’t have money to pay the towing bill. He got into the car while the tow truck driver attempted to hook it up. When an officer issued commands to exit the vehicle, the customer failed to comply. He became belligerent, tried to escape the officer’s grasp, and was arrested for obstructing the legal process. He was transported to jail, booked and released. The vehicle’s passenger was transported to his home in Woodbury.
At 2:31 p.m. Dec. 6, police responded to the Red Roof Inn, after a woman said her ex threatened to kill her and then left. She appeared intoxicated, and had trouble locating the text messages to support her story. The woman had a friend in the room, a St. Paul man, who appeared to be fine. When officers asked the woman how much she’d had to drink, she got upset and kicked the police out of the room. She decided not to have officers take a report and asked them to leave.
Several parents of Woodbury High School students called police after a former student at the school tagged multiple people in threatening communications on Facebook. “Coming next week to the school and I’m pissed,” said one comment that alluded to fighting. Other students commented on the post that fighting is wrong, but the suspect, who lives at a homeless shelter in Minneapolis, wrote back that he can’t be talked out of starting a fight. Police spoke to the victim at 7 a.m. Dec. 7, but he hadn’t seen the Facebook post. An officer left a voicemail on the suspect’s last known phone, reminding him that he’s been trespassed from Woodbury High School and that no fighting behavior will be tolerated.
A student at Woodbury High School left his planner on a teacher’s desk in mid-November, and a week later the student reported his Google Drive had been hacked. All of his work was gone. Only a threatening note was left, stating things like “Don’t leave your schedule on my desk,” “I will find you and kill you and nobody will know,” and “This is a dummy account.” The student immediately changed his password, but the account was hacked again later that night. The student didn’t think his friends would do this, and he’d already spoken to them. The threats and hacking stopped after one day. Police spoke with the teacher and the class at 10:31 a.m. Dec. 7, but nobody of interest was found. Officers requested a subpoena for contact information related to an email address of the hacker.
At 8:39 p.m. Dec. 7, police responded to an address along Grand Oaks Trail for a suspicious package. The resident received sunglasses in a box from Saudi Arabia, but the complainant doesn’t know anyone from there.