Police report: Stealing $11 equates to first-degree burglary, Infiniti rear ends semi-trailer, small dog found in smoking area
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
● Woodbury Public Safety responded to a careless-driving complaint at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 24, near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Woodbury Drive. The suspect vehicle, a blue Infiniti, was allegedly speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and unable to hold its lane. Eventually, the car rear ended a semi-trailer on an off ramp, causing injury. Upon officer arrival, the driver had already exited his vehicle and was sitting in a passerby’s vehicle. She showed signs of impairment and was evaluated by emergency medical services. The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating.
● At 7:49 a.m. Feb. 24, a resident along Highland Circle called police with questions about a safety concern at her child’s bus stop. She was advised of options regarding stop-arm violations.
● At 1:38 p.m. Feb. 24, a passerby reported an open door of a vehicle parked in the street near the intersection of Hattie Lane and Rath Drive. An officer observed three large footprints in the snow near the car, but no damage was done to the car, it was empty as if for sale, and there was no evidence on scene to process. No one was around. The homeowner, whose car had been rummaged through earlier that day in her garage, was sure the car door was left open at the same time as the previous incident. She was not concerned about the car in the street, so the officer closed the door.
● Alleged first-degree burglary was reported at 3:05 p.m. Feb. 24 in the 400 block of Meadow Lane. Sometime overnight or in the morning, about $11 in change was taken from a wallet inside an unlocked 2010 Ford Focus. Nothing else was missing from the wallet.The car was parked inside an attached garage that had been accidentally left open. People were inside the home at the time of the incident.
● At 4:58 p.m. Feb. 24, in the 600 block of Hattie Lane, someone tampered with and rummaged through a 2001 Ford F-150 left unlocked. Nothing was taken from the truck, and the vehicle was undamaged.
● Police responded for suspicious activity at 8:35 a.m. Feb. 25, near Woodbury Elementary School. A fifth-grade girl thought a black sports-utility vehicle was following her. It appeared to be monitoring her during her walk on the path to school, then did a U-turn and left the area. No other suspicious activity reports of this nature occurred, and the student could not provide a description of the driver. General safety measures were discussed with the girl.
● A fight between two juveniles occurred at 11:48 p.m. Feb. 26 in a driveway along Cherry Lane. Police responded.
● An officer stopped at 5:23 p.m. Feb. 27, near the intersection of Radio Drive and Pinehurst Road, to assist a motorist who ran out of gas. Vehicle tabs didn’t match police records, and when the officer brought up the subject, he also smelled marijuana in the car. The driver, a Woodbury resident, admitted that a blunt was in the backseat, and due to his honesty received only a warning. The drugs were destroyed. Hundreds of clear baggies were in the backseat, but the driver, who said he was bringing them home from work, couldn’t elaborate as to why he would need that many sandwich bags at home.
● An underage party in the 11100 block of Eagle View Blvd. received a visit from police at 9:40 p.m. Feb. 27, as the guest list was getting carried away due to social media. The father spoke to police, told them it was his daughter’s birthday party, he’d started to turn people away, and they would keep down any noise.
● Two women started fighting in a car as they were driven by a sober car by a water tower near Interstate 94. They had been drinking, and one of the mutual combatives asked the driver to pull over. She got out of the car and walked. Later police located her on the side of the freeway. She called her mother and was transported to Denny’s to wait for a ride.
● Someone found a golden lab or retriever at 6:16 p.m. Feb. 29, in the back smoking area of Cowboy Jack’s. The dog was taken to the Animal Humane Society, where employees recognized the dog, a return client. Police talked to the son of the listed dog owner, a Woodbury resident, and then told the complainant from Cowboy Jack’s that the missing dog would be going home. The son received a verbal warning for leaving the dog at large.
● Police met a suspect at 8:34 p.m. Feb. 29, in the hallway of an apartment building in the 7200 block of Guider Drive. A strong smell of marijuana had been reported, but when the man was advised of the anonymous complaint, he denied smoking. A walk of the hallway confirmed the odor was strongest in front of the man’s residence.