Police report: a Slurpee-relate injury, a credit card skimmer at Shell, and an Instagram photo that incited a fight
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
At 4:29 p.m. Jan. 26, a hooded juvenile was pulling on car doors in the area of Rimbley Road. Officers checked the area with negative results.
At 4:36 p.m. Jan. 26, a Rimbley Road resident called to report a theft that just occurred -- a purse was stolen out of a car. The complainant is a daycare provider, and the victim was the mother whose 6-year-old son was in the car at the time of the theft. The boy struck the 15- to 18-year-old blonde, hooded suspect twice in the face before the thief fled. Officers checked the area with negative results. The woman’s blue leather purse contained pill bottles, credit cards (which were canceled) and a driver’s license, but little else of value.
At 4:22 p.m. Jan. 26, suspicious activity was reported along Carillon Plaza. The complainant was told to call police if they see a tall, heavy-set blonde male wearing a blue hoodie.
At 4:01 p.m. Jan. 27, Minnesota State Patrol called Woodbury firefighters for a semi-trailer with brakes on fire. The call to the fire department was canceled, though, when officers arrived to find no active fire. The vehicle’s brakes were locked up, and police handled the call at the request of a state trooper.
At 4:53 p.m. Jan. 27, a Woodbury boy threatened to kill his mother and himself. When police arrived the situation had calmed and no weapons were present. The boy was transported to the hospital for evaluation.
At 2:11 a.m. Jan. 29, near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Radio Drive, a 911 caller reported a possible truck fire. The vehicle was heavily smoking, but the complainant saw no flames. Woodbury Public Safety determined the truck was not aflame, but it had been disabled due to mechanical problems and was recommended for a tow. It was not blocking traffic. The driver told police he would try making arrangements for a tow from a friend.
A 6-year-old from Woodbury cut the roof of her mouth drinking a Slurpee during an accident at 8:01 p.m. Jan. 29, near the intersection of Donegal Drive and Valley Creek Road. The driver, who lives at the same residence as the boy, said her back and neck hurt. She thought she might have whiplash after her 2015 Acura was rear ended at a red light. The other driver, a Woodbury man driving a 2013 Nissan, was adjusting the heat when he thought he saw, out of the corner of his eye, the light change and car in front of him advance. No one sought medical attention, and the vehicles suffered minor damage.
An accident with injuries occurred at 10:12 a.m. Jan. 30 near Woodbury High School. A 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue slowed to stop at a red light at the school entrance along Woodlane Drive, when a 1999 Chrysler Cirrus rear ended the other vehicle. One student was cited for use of an electronic device while driving, after she admitted looking at her cell phone and not noticing the light had turned red. When she looked up, she was unable to stop. Her vehicle was towed.
At 10:45 a.m. Jan. 30, police were called to the Shell gas station along Weir Drive after the business owner found a skimmer on a gas pump while changing out receipt paper. The owner brought the device to a private business in Woodbury before calling police about the suspicious activity and turning over the skimmer to be logged as evidence.
Two males taunted and bullied a juvenile at 2:39 p.m. Jan. 30, in a cul-de-sac near Menomini Park. It was an issue of ongoing bullying, threatening and harassing. The victim didn’t want to fight, and to appease the bullies gave them his gloves. One suspect was identified, and his father appeared appropriately upset and told police his son would be giving back the gloves.
Police responded at 4:08 p.m. Jan. 30 to the 6300 block of Edgewood Ave. for a report of an attempted break-in. At 1 a.m. Jan. 26, an alarm went off on a woman’s detached garage. Someone bent the overhead door, and since the incident, the complainant’s boyfriend repaired it. The woman made the third-degree burglary report for insurance purposes and requested extra patrol in the area.
At 7:55 p.m. Jan. 31 at Chuck E. Cheese’s, someone stole the Northface winter clothing of a Woodbury man and his son. They left their jacket and sweatshirt for 10 or 15 minutes to play a game, then immediately reported the theft to management. Police attempted to review surveillance video to potentially identify any suspects. The total loss was $160.
An Instagram photo caused a fight between three juveniles at 10:44 a.m. Feb. 1 at Woodbury High School. Three boys were cited for disorderly conduct and suspended from school, after a teacher broke up the fight. One of the subjects felt the photo insulted his religion. The photo was not directed towards him or any other Muslim students specifically, according to the initial complaint report. No serious injuries occurred. The students’ parents and guardians were notified.
At 11:15 a.m. Feb. 1, two men asked a patron at Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels if they could borrow a vehicle jack because their car was broken down on Hudson Road. The patron, a woman, lent them the factory jack from her Chevy Cruz, but they never came back to return it.
Minor injuries occurred as one vehicle rear ended another at 11:50 a.m. Feb. 1 at the intersection of Valley Creek Road and Weir Drive. A Woodbury man was cited for following too closely. A St. Paul man, slowing for a yellow light, was transported to Woodwinds Health Campus.
A Minnetrista, Minn., man suffered an accidental gunshot wound to the hand while packing up his items at his cabin in Dairyland, Wis. He is a competitive shooter and experienced with firearms, but he hadn’t been the last one to use his .22-caliber rifle and it has a very light trigger, he told police. Knowing the bullet hadn’t gone through his hand, the man cleaned his wound and drove to his mother’s home in Woodbury to spend the night. The next day, at 2:27 p.m. Feb. 1, the man reported the incident to police after going to the Urgency Room for an X-ray, which showed no bone damage. Woodbury Public Safety shared information with the Dairyland Police Department.
A boy was pulling on car doors at 6:28 p.m. Feb. 1 along Cayenne Plaza. Police spoke to a suspect, who was at home and said he had just walked a friend home. He denied pulling on any car doors, but officers asked that his mother keep him home for the night as not to generate any more police calls.
At 10:19 p.m. Feb. 1, near Ulta in Tamarack Village, police advised two dumpster divers from Hudson, Wis., that scavenging is prohibited in the area. There were many tools, as well as clutter, in the vehicle. The subjects admitted to looking through the trash, and they received a verbal warning.