Police report: Evicting 20 intoxicated people from the pool area, road rage on the shoulder, not really stealing from Cabela's
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
• A $150 Kindle Fire, a purple iPod worth $150, and a blue Kodak camera worth $60 went missing, according to a 10:56 a.m. March 16 report made by a resident of Timberland Drive. The complainant's daughter invited three juvenile friends over to the house March 8, the day the items disappeared. The friends denied that any theft occurred.
• Police questioned a juvenile female suspect in an instance of malicious mischief that was reported at 4:44 p.m. March 16. A day earlier, one or more children were running through a building in the 10200 block of City Walk Drive, burning carpet and lighting pieces of paper on fire in halls, stairwells and elevators. Another suspect, a boy, lives on the fourth floor, where fires were recurring. Information was sent to the county attorney for review.
• Officers took a report of suspicious activity at 10:43 a.m. March 17 at East Ridge High School, where it appeared students moved a girl's Mitsubishi after she parked her small car in a space often occupied by a large truck. Without property damage, police deemed the report informational only.
• At 12:07 p.m. March 17, three juveniles acted like they were going to steal from Cabela's, then paid for their items. Police were called. It was the second such incident.
• A Woodbury man was cited for use of a wireless device while driving at 9:22 p.m. March 17, near the intersection of Tamarack Road and Woodbury Drive.
• At 2:36 a.m. March 18, five people were fighting on a bus in the 1500 block of Woodlane Drive. Nobody on the bus knew the people; they had jumped on the bus in Minneapolis. They fled the victimless scene in Woodbury.
• After an employee at a local business was accused of poor job performance and was suspended for three days for investigative reasons, the employee issued threats. To document the matter, police were called at 2:48 p.m. March 18 to the business, which is located in the 1200 block of Belmont Drive. The business manager and owner were both advised to call 911 if the situation escalates.
• Police stood by while Country Inn & Suites staff evicted a group of 20 out-of-control guests from the pool area at 8:51 p.m. March 19. The front desk received multiple complaints about loud, intoxicated people who had glass in the pool area and were bothering other guests. They also threatened an employee.
• A Woodbury man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia at 9:51 p.m. March 19 at Kargal Park. Police detained the man, whose car smelled like marijuana. Officers also saw smoke in the vehicle and, in a search, found a glass pipe and a metal grinder that both contained a green leafy substance, as well as a scale inside a case containing plant material.
• A three-vehicle accident occurred at 12:39 p.m. March 20, near the intersection of Commerce and Woodbury drives. A Cottage Grove man's Mazda CX-5, a Woodbury woman's GMC Acadia, a Cottage Grove woman's Chrysler Town & Country crashed, injuring one front-seat passenger, who was evaluated at the scene and released.
• Later that day, in the same area, an altercation ensued on the road's shoulder. Police were called at 4:39 p.m. March 20 for a road-rage incident that started on an Interstate 94 exit ramp, but the vehicles were gone. Then, one of the drivers, a Woodbury man, called to tell police he was punched in the face by the other driver, a Burnsville man, and to press charges of assault. A Keeping Our Police Safe (KOPS) alert was issued on the vehicle from Burnsville because the 911 caller said the Burnsville man threatened to shoot him (although no gun was seen).
• First-degree burglary and fifth-degree assault was reported to police at 2:43 a.m. March 21, at the site of the under-construction Residence Inn by Marriott. Two men assaulted another man, then fled. Upon police arrival, the victim was holding his left abdominal area, stated he was in pain, and was wearing dusty clothes. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the assailants. The victim was transported to Woodwinds Health Campus for evaluation and interviewed there.
• A student's laptop was entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as stolen after police were called at 8:55 a.m. March 21 to Woodbury High School. The boy remembered having his MacBook in English class but couldn't recall if he lost it or if it was stolen. High school staff didn't know it's whereabouts, and no suspects nor witnesses were known.
• Woodbury and Oakdale police teamed up in locating a suspect vehicle at 8:22 a.m. March 22 at Walmart Supercenter. Woodbury police stood by while an Oakdale officer took a woman into custody and investigated an alleged violation of a domestic abuse no-contact order (DANCO). The complainant woke up and noticed a computer, work phone, and truck missing from his home along Gershwin Avenue in Oakdale. He called police at 3:20 a.m., and hours later when police learned of a Woodbury connection to the situation, Oakdale police requested an assist from Woodbury. The suspect had no permanent address, according to the initial complaint report.