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Police report: Two cases of arson, first-degree burglary, fighting over a sold video game

Note: This is a sample of recent incidents involving the Woodbury police. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

• At 6:42 p.m. July 5, Woodbury police responded to a 911 hangup call from Key Inn Suites, in the 1800 block of Woodlane Drive, but upon officer arrival, parties who refused to vacate the premises had left.

• A stoplight was down at 6:42 p.m. July 5, in the intersection of Tamarack Road and Bielenberg Drive. It was still operating. Woodbury Public Works advised an officer that the Minnesota Department of Transportation could be contacted to address the issue, but while the officer was on scene a passerby removed the stoplight from the disrupted lane of traffic.

• Someone was looking into the glass patio door at the back of a home along Liberty Trail at 7:06 p.m. July 5, and the homeowner called police. The resident's neighbor had called his cousin for assistance with a damaged trampoline, and the cousin—a man from St. Paul—went to the wrong house.

• Possible drug activity was reported to management at a rental property in the 2300 block of Cypress Drive at 11:24 p.m. July 5. An anonymous caller told police that "Papa Whiskey" had a roach clip in a vehicle at the address, and the van smelled like marijuana. Officers received the caller's complaint, identified the man, increased patrol to the area, and opened an investigation into alleged drug use.

• A Woodbury woman's back was injured during a fender bender at 3:51 p.m. July 6, near the intersection of Woodwinds Drive and Lake Road. A driver from Oakdale fell asleep at the wheel and rear ended the woman's Hyundai Elantra with his Buick Century. The Oakdale man was cited and released.

• Upon returning from vacation July 6, a homeowner reported to Woodbury Public Safety that her basement lightswitch smokes when flipped. Firefighters responded to the home along Commonwealth Road, and found no flames.

• At 10:31 a.m. July 7, police were called to the 2500 block of Mallard Drive for a report of a break-in, theft of $30 and assault that allegedly occurred an hour prior to the complainant calling police. His daughter's boyfriend, from Cottage Grove, admitted breaking in the garage service door during an argument with his girlfriend and was cited for fourth-degree criminal damage to property.

• Woodbury Public Safety assisted the Washington County Drug Task Force with the arrest of two suspects at 7:08 p.m. July 7 at JCPenney in Tamarack Village. The situation involved narcotics.

• After his brother sold a video game, a Woodbury man threatened to kill his brother and then took his brother's marijuana grinder and pipe. At 10:20 p.m. July 7, police were called to Princeton Court for a report of a possible assault, but it turned out to be mutual pushing and shoving. One of the men voluntarily went to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Police confiscated the paraphernalia.

• At 10:21 a.m. July 9, police investigated an incident of vandalism and alleged arson, collecting evidence, including photos, a wrench and flammable liquid. In a driveway along Avon Drive, the passenger's-side window of a car was broken, with Gatorade bottles of flammable fluid dumped inside. One of the home's lower-level windows was broken, but no entry was made. Paint was sprayed on the garage door. The acts occurred sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. July 8. The complainant offered no suspects in the case of criminal damage to property. A total loss had not been immediately determined.

• At 4:36 a.m. July 10, a 911 caller requested that an officer contact his estranged girlfriend, who has been missing for several days. The 61-year-old Hammond, La., man last saw her in Iowa, where their vehicle crashed, she got upset with him, and returned home instead of continuing with him to Minnesota. While he stayed at Key Inn Suites in Woodbury, he reported a public assist after his phone was locked in emergency mode with his girlfriend's picture; he thought she was trying to call with an emergency. Police called the woman's cell, got voicemail, told the man, and advised him to request assistance at Walmart (where he bought the phone).

• Xcel Energy was contacted by Woodbury firefighters who visited Wayback Burgers after a 9:58 a.m. July 10 call about a burning smell. No gas or smoke was detected.

• At 6:59 p.m. July 10, an off-duty officer passed by a barn fire in the 9100 block of Military Road in Cottage Grove and called 911 to report smoke coming from the eaves.

• A Juliet Drive resident suffered more than $1,000 of damage at 1:54 a.m. July 11, after his car was spray painted and lit on fire. Woodbury firefighters put out the flames and investigated possible arson. Char marks were observed where it appeared that fabric had been set on fire and placed on the car.

• At 1:21 a.m. July 12, at a 55-year-old woman's house along York Circle, a burglar cut a screen, came in with a flashlight and left through the glass sliding door to the backyard. Woodbury Public Safety set up a perimeter, deployed a K-9, and utilized a Minnesota State Patrol air support to search the area, but a subject wasn't located. Officers processed the scene, lifting two fingerprints near the point of entry.

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