Police report: Lunch break drug deals, careless driving near an elementary school, missing passports
Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Police were called at 4:42 p.m. April 19 to the intersection of Lake Road and Century Avenue for a report of narcotic activity. The complainant said a woman smokes and deals methamphetamine from the pull-down backseat of her car during lunch breaks. She is “twitchy” and “obviously methed out” when she returns to work. Sometimes she deals drugs at the Red Roof Inn or SuperAmerica, as well -- information that was provided previously by the complainant, who said nothing had been done about it. The crime tip was given by a adamantly anonymous caller.
At 12:12 a.m. April 20, officers responded for an attempted break-in along Hawthorn Trail. A resident heard a loud bang just before going downstairs to find the patio door open. The resident thought he had closed the door, but couldn’t remember if it was locked. He didn’t see or hear a person or vehicle in the area. No one else was located in the house or outside. Police observed a large piece of granite that appeared to have fallen from a vertical position in a storage room.
At 8:50 a.m. April 20, a resident of the 10700 block of Hawthorn Trail reported lost or stolen passports. Indian passports for a Woodbury man and wife were mailed to the Canadian visa department in a manila envelope via the U.S. Postal Service. Included was a return envelope. The passports were mailed April 14, but when delivered on April 18, the envelope arrived without the passports inside. “Unknown where, when or if passports were intentionally removed from envelope,” Woodbury police noted in the initial complaint report. The complainant was working with USPS.
A property manager noticed a damaged door jam at a townhouse in the 2300 block of Cypress Drive. Police were called at 9:32 a.m. April 20, checked the interior and determined nothing to be out of place.
At 1:03 p.m. April 20, in the 1700 block of Weir Drive, a car owned by a Duluth, Minn., woman lit on fire. It was put out with a fire extinguisher before Woodbury Public Safety arrived.
A car was on fire at 12:35 p.m. April 21, near the intersection of Interstate 94 and Radio Drive. Woodbury firefighters handled the call, along with the Minnesota State Patrol.
An Oakdale man’s vehicle was stopped by police at 5:03 p.m. April 21 for suspicious activity and seat-belt violations, near the intersection of Radio Drive and Tamarack Road. The driver received a citation for possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle. A front-seat passenger was cited for not wearing a seat belt, and a back-seat passenger was cited for marijuana possession.
A transformer was one fire at 5:19 p.m. April 21 in the 1800 block of Wooddale Drive. The complainant, waiting to hear from Xcel Energy, reported seeing an explosion and smoke.
Near the intersection of Weir Drive and Valley Creek Road, the driver of a vehicle in a completely dark parking lot was cited for drug paraphernalia at 3:06 a.m. April 22. A Houlton, Wis., woman possessed three glass smoking pipes.
A report of a prostitution ring at Red Roof Inn proved unfounded at 4:53 a.m. April 23. The complainant was paranoid and not making sense, according to police. An officer noticed a plastic baggie with white powder inside his vehicle. Next to the baggie was a short plastic straw. The complainant was arrested, booked and held at jail.
Police received a careless driving complaint at 5:55 p.m. April 23, regarding an incident along Steepleview Road, near Royal Oaks Elementary School. The complainant, on a bike with kids, yelled at the driver to slow down. The driver, a 23-year-old in a red Chevy Cavalier, yelled some obscene things back, including that they better watch their house, according to the initial complaint report. Police attempted to contact the owner of the vehicle at his residence with negative results, so instead they left a business card.
- Police were called at 6:58 a.m. April 25 for suspicious activity in the 10700 block of Hawthorn Trail. Earlier in the week, a man found pry marks on an attached storage shed at the rear of his home. The lock was intact, so the man didn’t believe anyone had made entry.