Police reports: Waiter slugged by customer, library uproar, garage sale gridlock, more ...
Police were called May 7 to Green Mill, 6025 Hudson Road, for a theft report. A restaurant deliver driver said he left his GPS unit inside his unlocked car. When he returned two minutes later, the GPS was missing. The driver identified a man seen loitering in the parking lot. Police made contact with the man, who denied involvement. No charges filed.
Hohenstein's, 2330 Ventura Drive, reported May 8 that a 16- by 8-foot trailer containing a refrigeration unit was stolen off the property. Loss: $12,000.
Workers at Stafford Branch Library, 8595 Central Park Place, reported a belligerent man on May 9. A worker reported one man threw a dollar bill at her and asked for 10 sheets of blank paper. When she refused, he began to be loud and announced he was working with the FBI, claiming his son had been kidnapped by a drug dealer. Police located two male suspects, both St. Paul residents, who continued on with a story about kidnapping, drug dealers and "hits" out on them. The men said that in addition to the FBI, they were working with a Woodbury officer. The men were escorted from the building and trespassed by library staff.
Police were called May 9 to Halsted Trail for a report of people yelling at each other due to heavy traffic during the Woodbury Lions Garage Sale. An officer found traffic completely gridlocked in both directions and worked to clear the jam.
Police responded May 10 to Verizon Store, 8250 Tamarack Village, for a possible attempted burglary. A cleaner arrived at 4:45 a.m. to find a door handle disturbed. Nothing inside the building appeared to be disturbed and no intruders were located.
Police and EMT crews responded May 10 to a crash involving a car and a motorcycle at Lake Road and Jordan Drive. A Cottage Grove man was hospitalized; a Woodbury woman was listed as the other driver.
A Hastings woman reported May 10 that her iPhone was stolen at Minnesota Oncology, 6025 Lake Road. It was unknown if the phone was stolen or lost.
An anonymous caller reported May 11 that underage drinking was occurring near Rimbley and Dunmore roads. Police checked the area but were unable to locate any violations.
A Woodbury woman reported May 11 that she accidentally left a debit card at a checkout lane at Babies R Us, 8236 Tamarack Village. An unauthorized transaction occurring in West St. Paul was later discovered on the account. Surveillance footage was being reviewed.
Workers at Ray J's American Grill, 9854 Norma Lane, reported May 11 that a server was punched in the face by a customer. The two had gotten into a verbal argument over service that led to a minor fight. The suspect, a Lake Elmo man, was trespassed from the restaurant. Neither man requested charges be filed.
A female complainant reported May 12 that she was assaulted by a Cambridge, Minn., man at Red Roof Inn, 1806 Wooddale Drive. The woman said she and the man were out for the evening, then went to his room at the Red Roof, where he demanded sex from her. When she refused, the man jammed his thumb in her throat and threatened her. The woman was able to escape. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of fifth-degree assault.
A Woodbury woman reported May 12 that a swastika was found on the back of a vehicle she was driving. The woman said she arrived at church, where someone else pointed out to her that a swastika constructed of duct tape was taped to the back of her parents' vehicle. The swastika was quickly removed. There were no suspects.