Police report: 'Out of order' mailbox, burglary at site of new construction, unattended bonfire
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
• At 4:09 p.m. March 8, Woodbury Public Safety were called to a grass fire on a hill near the intersection of Highpointe Road and Windsor Drive. No property was damaged.
• Police were called at 7:49 p.m. March 8 to the U.S. post office along Currell Boulevard for an unsecured mailbox. While sending out her mail, the complainant noticed the mailbox was unlocked. Officers attempted to contact USPS with negative results, so they placed an "out of order" note on the unsecured mailbox and moved all main to the secured mailbox on site. A community service officer detail was created to advise USPS of the issue.
• As of 10:42 a.m. March 9, a boy had been walking between houses and pulling on car doors throughout the neighborhood near Rimbley Road. The complainant, concerned about a possible increase in thefts during spring break, was advised by police to immediately call 911 when the boy's activity was occurring.
• At 4:36 p.m. March 9, a White Bear Lake man sat in his car to light up his glass pipe in the parking lot of Walmart, in full view of a waiting police officer. "This observation was clear and blatant and (an) obvious indicator of controlled substance use," the initial complaint report said. The officer approached the subject vehicle, smelled marijuana, recovered 1.05 grams of the drug, cited the man for possession of a small amount of marijuana, and released him from the scene.
• At 7:54 p.m. March 9, a teenager with shaggy hair and a hat took off running when caught tampering with a motor vehicle along Dunmore Road. Nothing was missing from the car, and it wasn't damaged. The complainant told police she believes she came out of the house just as the boy opened the car door and was looking inside.
• A third-degree burglary was reported to Woodbury Public Safety at 1:09 p.m. March 10, in the 1000 block of Weir Drive, where tools went missing overnight. Police observed pry marks on the door of a building at the site of new construction. The victim totaled his loss at $990.
• At 1:11 p.m. March 10, a resident of the 6900 block of Collingwood Lane reported a third-degree burglary. About $1,000 of hand tools in a four-drawer toolbox were reported stolen sometime between November 15, 2015, and March 9 from a man's garage. The victim provided police and his insurance company with photos of the garage and a hole in the drywall between his detached garage unit and the neighboring unit. None of the tools were engraved, serial numbered, or unique in nature. Other items of obvious value were left untouched.
• Employees at a Tamarack Village workplace reported three possible dumpster divers to police at 6:40 p.m. March 10, but neighboring businesses confirmed that construction workers were working behind the strip mall and a crew from another business was throwing items into the dumpster.
• Theft of electronics was reported at 11:51 a.m. March 11. A man was evicted from an apartment in the 2200 block of Vining Drive, and his property was missing the next day. Three pictures of Germany were also gone. Police have listed the stolen items with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and Automated Property System. The total loss was $1,351.
• Firefighters were called at 2:16 p.m. March 11 for a grass fire at a residence along Falstaff Terrace. A man made a small bonfire. After he finished burning, fire spread from his recreational fire pit to an old couch in the backyard, still more than 15 feet away from his house. Woodbury Public Safety saved the house but lost the couch, which was of no value, according to the resident. Firefighters warned the man about fire safety. No charges were filed.
• At 5:59 p.m. March 11, dumpster divers were reported at Aldi. A Washington state woman was suspected, but police were unable to locate her vehicle.
• A customer used a counterfeit $20 bill at the Starbucks in Jerry's Foods. Police were called at 10:13 a.m. March 12, since the bill was discovered at the end of the previous night. After a counterfeit ink test, the bill will be sent to the U.S. Secret Service.
• Another third-degree burglary was reported at 1:35 p.m. March 12 in the 6900 block of Collingwood Lane. Sometime during the previous three weeks, a $379 table saw went missing from a garage.
• A Stillwater woman called 911 at 12:32 p.m. March 13, two days after a coworker at Sam's Club grabbed her by the arm in the cafeteria. She reported the assault because her arm was still sore. The woman wanted police to document the incident and was also advised to speak with Sam's Club management about the issue.
• Woodbury Public Safety responded at 3:15 p.m. March 13 for a brush fire in the 2400 block of Cochrane Circle. Arson is suspected. Two boys ages 10-14 were spotted behind the complainant's house, near a tree line where the fire started. Firefighters extinguished the flames and no structures were damaged.
• At 12:50 p.m. March 14, Sisu employees reported a $115 loss from the till that occurred overnight. A locksmith noticed pry marks on the front door of the business, and someone had unsuccessfully attempted to break in through the front doors at Salon 755 and Mainstream Boutique, as well. The complainant didn't suspect the employee who closed the business the previous day.