Grave Concerns, Stealing Spirit, Save the Cheese: Woodbury Police Blotter

Selected calls to the Woodbury Public Safety Department from Oct. 18 to 23.

The following information was obtained from recent police reports.

Oct. 18

A resident at the 3000 block of Camelot Circle who trapped a raccoon called police asking questions about how to release it.

Security at Woodbury Lakes called police after seeing three women known for stealing items from stores. Officers found one woman, who was issued a trespass notice. She was then arrested for stealing items from the Spirit Halloween store in Woodbury.

A resident at the 7800 block of Dunmore Road whose mail had previously been tampered with called police after seeing the same thing happen to a neighbor.

A dog was found at Woodbury Middle School and taken to the Humane Society after police were unable to contact its owner. It’s a black lab mix with a white chest and paws.

At an apartment complex on Parkwood Drive, residents of one unit called police after an upstairs neighbor yelled through the vents and stomped on the floor whenever they turned on a fan or made any noise. They told police they were moving soon.

Oct. 19

Part of a building at Woodwinds Health Campus was evacuated after a dryer overheated. Woodbury fire crews found no emergency.

Police were called to remove a bird that got into Old Navy. An officer used a net to try to catch the bird, but it “proved to be elusive.” After 10 minutes the officer told store employees to contact pest control.(Editor’s note: That’s not the first time this has happened at Old Navy. See: )

Police were called about several thefts of political signs. It has been an ongoing problem. See:

  • House Candidates from Woodbury Condemn Theft of Political Signs
  • Life Lessons After Woodbury Family Finds Dozens of Stolen Political Signs

A resident saw a few juveniles throw two small children’s bicycles into a creek that runs under Edgewood Avenue. The bikes were removed and disposed of due to their poor condition.

A resident called police about a stop sign partially blocked by shrubbery at CityWalk. The department’s traffic unit was contacted about the issue.

Oct. 20

A resident at the 1100 block of Sunset Bay called police to report that a microwave had been sitting in his bush for more than a month. An officer disposed of it.

After being called about suspicious activity at the cemetery at Salem Lutheran, police learned that two men were employees contracted out to dig graves.

A resident who lives at the 7800 block of Woodpark Boulevard contacted police after roadwork at Valley Creek Road and Tower Drive prevented him from leaving for 15 minutes. A community-service officer contacted crews, who reported back that they had resolved the issue.

Police learned that a 12-year-old was off by one digit when she tried to scare her friend with a text that read: “I hid the body.” A Woodbury resident called officers after receiving it by mistake.

Oct. 21

A resident called police to report that a man appeared to be siphoning gas from a vehicle near the intersection of Colby Lake Drive and Interlachen Parkway. Police arrived and found a bucket that smelled of gasoline and a 3-by-3-foot area of spilled gas, but none of the vehicles in the area appeared to have been tampered with.

There was a report about dirty dishes at the Public Safety Department. See: Woodbury Police Investigate One of Their Own... For Dirty Dishes

Police were called about a truck driving on the trails at Seasons Park. Officers made contact with the driver, who had permission from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to be on the trails with the vehicle.

Oct. 22

Two new motorcycle tires, a toolbox and tools were reported stolen from a parking space in an underground garage at a Woodbury apartment complex.

The cooling unit in a cheese refrigerator at Rainbow Foods burned out an emitted smoke in the store, which was ventilated.

 Oct. 23

A report of suspicious people at Prestwick Golf Club turned out to be a cleaning crew.

A woman called police after her dog ran downstairs and started barking, and then she heard someone trying the door handle and pushing against the door. There were new scratches on the deadbolt, and police checked the area but didn’t find anyone. (The address was redacted from the report.)


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Beth-Ann Bloom October 27, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Possible conspiracy: report of hidden body and suspicious grave diggers October 20
Kris Janisch October 27, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Hey, is that "I hid the body" thing a thing? I swear I've seen people post just that line on Facebook.
Beth-Ann Bloom October 27, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Police (not in Woodbury) believe the prank stemmed from a recent post on photo-sharing website Pinterest, which reads: 'When I’m bored, I send a text to a random number saying, "I hid the body... now what?"'
Kris Janisch October 28, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Ah, thanks Beth-Ann!


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