Police report: Boy says 'sorry' after burglary, 3-year-old wanders toward fountains, ignition interlock device gets stolen
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
• At 11:51 a.m. March 29, a St. Paul man came through the Dairy Queen drive-thru while smoking marijuana. He voluntarily handed over a small amount of marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia, and was cited for driving after suspension. The passengers in the man's vehicle walked away from the location, after he was arrested on a disorderly conduct warrant out of Ramsey County. The incident occurred in the 7400 block of Currell Blvd.
• Police were called for a report of first-degree burglary at 3:24 p.m. March 29 in the 7200 block of Guider Drive. A $600 subwoofer, the camera for an ignition interlock device, and miscellaneous change were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in an underground garage. The complainant spoke with the ignition interlock company and was advised to make a police report. It was undetermined how much change was taken, and the value of the ignition interlock system's camera was also unknown.
• A complainant who lives in the 2300 block of Golf Drive reported to police at 12:02 a.m. March 30 that while he was in Florida, the 15-year-old brother of one of the neighbor girls had four friends come to his house, go through it, and drink alcohol. The teenager's parents caught them and informed the homeowner. Police advised the homeowner to identify the kids involved and work with their parents to come up with a resolution.
• "Sorry," said a first-degree burglary suspect before running away from an open garage in the 1900 block of Leann Drive. Police were called at 7:24 p.m. March 30, after a neighbor witnessed the suspect, wearing a hoodie, attempting to open a door on a vehicle inside the garage. The suspect had been seen looking into garages and possibly casing the area earlier in the week, as well.
• At 9:03 a.m. March 31, Minnesota State Patrol responded to the intersection of Highway 120 and Interstate 94 for an accident with injuries. A female felt numbness on her left side, but no ambulance transportation was necessary.
• At 4:55 p.m. March 31, a 3-year-old boy noticed the fountains in the park near his home were back on. He likes the fountains, and he mentioned to his mother that he wanted to see them. His mother told him to play in the backyard, but while his mother was having a short talk with a neighbor, the boy wandered to the park alone. A complainant found the boy and called police, who reunited the boy with his mother. "This was an accident," police wrote in the initial complaint report.
• Officers walked through a home in the 3200 block of Meadow Brook Place, where a 14-year-old girl returned to an open door with a locked handle. She called police at 8:35 p.m. March 31. A homeowner arrived shortly thereafter. It appeared the door hadn't latched, and nothing was found out of place or disturbed.
• Police allowed a homeless man to sleep in his vehicle in a shopping center parking lot after being called to the area of Lake and Courtly roads at 3:39 a.m. April 1.
• At 6:11 p.m. April 1, a complainant reported that a man in his 30s solicited about $200 from attendees of Islamic Society of Woodbury services at the Islamic center in the 600 block of Commerce Drive. The complainant was unsure if the solicitor, whose story didn't make sense, was trying to defraud patrons of the Islamic center. An informational report was filed with Woodbury Public Safety.
• A burgundy Ford Flex with a white roof was gone on arrival after police were called at 3:09 p.m. April 2. Its occupants allegedly had been making drug deals in the Big Lots parking lot.
• At 11:39 p.m. April 4, near the intersection of Woodbury Drive and Interstate 94, a St. Paul woman was cited for possession of more than 1.4 grams of marijuana. She was given a verbal warning for speeding.