Police report: Prayer time in a gas station aisle, missing snake, one-car accident with bloody injury
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
• At 8:58 a.m. Feb. 10, Woodbury Public Safety license plates off a 2007 Toyota RAV 4 parked at the Extended Stay along Hudson Road. The plates were flagged revoked for alcohol violations. An officer left his business card on the windshield and the license plate screws in the bumper.
• A Lake Elmo man, the registered owner of a dark blue vehicle, was blamed for an accident in the 9000 block of Parkside Drive. The vehicle was abandoned in a snowbank for more than an hour, with glass scattered on the ground and airbags deployed. Personal items in the car belonged to a Woodbury man, who claimed he was riding and the registered owner was driving. The Lake Elmo man said he sold the vehicle to the Woodbury man two months ago but never transferred the title. He said he wasn't in Woodbury on Feb. 10, when the accident occurred. Police arrived on scene at 2:22 p.m.
• At 7:47 a.m. Feb. 11, near the intersection of Grand Forest Lane and Grand Isle Place, a juvenile driver from Woodbury backed his Grand Prix into a Hastings Bus Co. vehicle. Snowbanks were so high he couldn't see the bus in transit. One passenger on the bus, a bus company employee, complained of back pain but also denied medical attention.
• At 8:07 a.m. Feb. 11, near the intersection of Weir Drive and Ashwood Road, a caller reported an abandoned vehicle halfway in a lake. The open water was marked. The tan 1999 Chevy Suburban was towed to the owner's house in Woodbury.
• After a recent breakup with her longtime boyfriend, an East Ridge High School student found her car had been moved during the school day Feb. 11. She called police at 2:24 p.m., and the car was ultimately located. The ex-boyfriend apologized for using a spare key to move the car without permission, and the girl said she desired no further law enforcement involvement.
• A Woodbury man was jailed for alleged third-degree DWI after a single-vehicle accident during which his car hit a light pole near the intersection of Interstate 494 and Valley Creek Road. Police arrived at 4:43 a.m. Feb. 13. The driver was uninjured.
• A bobcat was sighted running south into the woods along Woodduck Drive at 11:28 a.m. Feb. 13.
• For a second time in a month, two juveniles were advised of city ordinances restricting visits to parks after hours. An officer checked Powers Lake Park, in the 10000 block of Brookview Road, at 10:31 p.m. Feb. 13. The officer recognized the driver and passenger, girls who "were in the second-row seats," the initial complaint report said. Both were "very apologetic" and agreed not to get caught in a park after hours again.
• At 10:11 a.m. Feb. 14, police responded to a report of a footlong, black-and-white snake locked in the bedroom of an apartment along Ashwood Road. Officers searched the bedroom but couldn't find a snake. The complainant was advised to call back if the snake returned.
• A truck rolled over and hit a tree, causing a bloody head injury to the vehicle's occupant, at 9:04 p.m. Feb. 14, near the intersection of interstates 94 and 694. The Minnesota State Patrol handled the call.
• Woodbury Public Safety responded at 4:25 a.m. Feb. 15 for a possible intruder at a residence along Glen Road. The 911 caller heard a loud sound and couldn't determine the source. Police arrived to find all doors secure and no fresh footprints. Upon speaking with the resident, it was found that a mop had fallen over.
• Cravings Wine Bar reported a $92 dine-and-dash incident at 9:31 p.m. Feb. 15. Police arrived three minutes later to find the business closed with no one around, and an officer followed up the next day to take the report of two women who ate and drank before leaving without paying.
• A room at the Red Roof Inn was left unsecured and got burglarized. Police responded at 1:03 p.m. Feb. 16 for a report of a missing $500 Harman Kardon wireless speaker, as well as the theft of a variety of perfumes.
• At 6:01 p.m. Feb. 16, police responded to a call about suspicious activity. A Somalian woman from St. Paul stopped at a Woodbury gas station for coffee and then realized it was time for her to pray. She laid down her blanket in the store. The woman had bruises under her eyes, missing teeth and scars, was looking for work at a local department store, and later received a courtesy ride home from police.