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Woodbury PD Blotter: Tweezers Pinched, Door Kicked In, Elevator Emergency

Selected calls to the Woodbury Police Department from Feb. 2-7.

The following information was obtained from recent police reports.

Feb. 2

Police were called to the 2400 block of Cobble Hill Alcove on a report that a parked vehicle had been running for some time but was unoccupied. Officers learned the Honda had been stolen in Oakdale.

Several vehicles in an underground garage at the 1700 block of Century Circle were reported broken into. Windows on a handful of cars were broken and items were taken.

Two residents were stuck in the elevator at for about 20 minutes. The was able to lower the elevator to the first floor and open the doors. There were no injures to the people who were stuck.

Police were called about an intoxicated man at ; he told police he would stay away from the store.

A resident at the 1900 block of Regatta Drive called police while he was drinking and asked to be transported to a Hastings detox center. Police obliged.

A traffic stop that ended at turned up two people who had active warrants out for their arrest: one man for DWI and issuing a worthless check in Anoka county, and a woman for financial transaction fraud in Carver County.

Feb. 3

Police were able to identify a Minneapolis man who stole an Xbox and video games (worth $800 total) from the . He took the items and placed them in a bag, which was then put into an infant carrier and covered with a blanket. Store employees told police the man was suspected in other Target thefts in the Twin Cities.

There were reports of disturbances and fights at an basketball game, and officers were called to assist with crowd control. Police arrived while people were leaving and there were no issues. Earlier problems were handled by school staff.

Feb. 4

A man was arrested following a domestic assault report at the 10300 block of City Walk Drive.

Police were called about a possible underage party at the 7200 block of Braemar Lane. An anonymous caller told police she found information on Facebook that led her to believe drug activity was taking place at the home. Officers checked the area but did not find a party. 

Police were called about a possible stolen newspaper at the 400 block of Lake View Drive. The caller told police her husband heard the “thump” of the paper landing early that morning but didn’t see the newspaper later.

Police arrested two people after one of them tried to pass a counterfeit check at .

A resident at the 500 block of Woodduck Drive called police after neighbors weren’t picking up after their dog. The caller had previously picked up after the animal and left the bag on the neighbor’s doorstep with a note to take care of the feces. The caller later found the bag in his car. He said he didn’t want any police action taken and officers advised him to contact the homeowners association about the problem.

Police were called to after an intoxicated man went through the self-checkout aisle and swiped a credit card, though the lane was closed. He then left the store. Police found the man and his sober wife, who paid for the groceries.

Feb. 5

Police were unable to locate a woman who was seen dumpster diving at .

A resident called police about a possible drug deal at a community pool at the 10600 block of Sterling Drive. Two teens with their hoods up apparently exchanged something.

A checkbook was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle at the 3300 block of Churchill Drive.

Two vehicles at the 7300 block of Wyndham Way were reported broken into. A GPS was stolen from one car.

Two pairs of shoes were reported stolen from .

A resident at the 2300 block of Sumac Way reported that her vehicle was broken into, and while nothing was taken a wallet and kitchen knife were left in the back seat. Police found the wallet's owner, who said it was stolen from his car the day before. Money was missing from the wallet.

Multiple electronics items, including two televisions, were reported stolen from home at the 2200 block of Sycamore Trail whose door was kicked in. The homeowner had helped a neighbor retrieve a loose dog and returned to find the damage and theft. Police canvassed the area with negative results.

A woman who spent two hours at before purchasing some items was confronted in the store’s parking lot after the security buzzer sounded. A store employee later found a $15 pair of tweezers in a trashcan. Police issued the woman a trespass order for the store.

Feb. 6

Loose change was reported stolen from three unlocked vehicles in a garage at the 500 block of Esther Lane.

A resident who made out a check for nearly $3,790 and left it in his mailbox later found that it had been altered and issued to a man for nearly $879. Police were investigating the incident, which the man also reported to his bank.

There were a handful of reports of vehicles broken into in the area of 6300 Alderwood Circle. One resident had about $40 in quarters and two pairs of sunglasses valued at more than $100 each taken.

A vehicle parked at was broken into and a purse and other items were stolen. The Ford Expedition had its driver-side rear window broken.

Feb. 7

A motorist along Interstate 494 near Bailey Road reported that a driver in Chevy truck had tried to run the individual off the road. The State Patrol handled the call.

A resident stopped into the Woodbury Public Safety Department to report a theft from his vehicle at .

A purse was stolen from a vehicle whose passenger-side window was broken while it was parked at . The purse was later found on Valley Creek Road.

Eric Berg February 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM
That check altering story brings back a memory (cue the wavy screen fadeout and harp music.) I remember, years ago when I was working my way through college, working at NSP taking customer phone calls... We used to tell people to write out "Northern States Power" on their checks because scofflaws would find those nice green envelopes and change "NSP" to "N.S. Peterson" (or something similar) and cash the checks. (aaaaaaand cue the wavy fade back to current time and harp music again.)
Kris Janisch February 11, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Ha! The dastardly criminal mind never sleeps.
Beth-Ann Bloom February 11, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Censorship in Woodbury-newspaper confiscated
Eric Berg February 11, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I wonder if the intoxicated guy in Target was the one who later in the week showed up at Cub Foods... If current trends continue, he could reach Kowalskis, the other Target or Rainbow by early next week.
Alex February 11, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Heads up to the residents of western Woodbury- people are still breaking into cars and stealing change, or whatever they can get their hands on. I live a couple of blocks from Alderwood and left the garage door open in error 3 weeks ago. Someone entered my wifes vehicle and stole 20 cents. They didn't touch any of the other stuff in the garage, just the 2 dimes in my wifes center counsel. Lock your cars, and as the police told me DO NOT hesitate to call 911 if you see ANYTHING suspicious or out of place. I have to question the mental stability of someone who commits 1st degree burgalry for loose change.
Kris Janisch February 12, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Thanks Alex. Keep an eye out everyone.

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