Cottage Grove police reports for May 1: Theft, assault, property damage
Recently reported criminal activity in Cottage Grove:
A Cottage Grove man was cited for theft March 29 at Menards, 9000 East Point Douglas Road.
A Cottage Grove man reported March 31 that someone entered his vehicle overnight and stole gift cards and change in the 8600 block of Ideal Avenue.
A student at Crestview Elementary School, 7830 80th St., reported April 2 that a viola and case were stolen. Loss: $1,000.
A Woodbury woman reported April 2 that her purse was stolen from her locked vehicle while she was at the WAG Farms dog park on Glendenning Road. There was $70 in money and credit cards stolen. The empty purse was later found along a nearby road.
A Cottage Grove man reported April 4 that his son’s iPad device was lost or stolen somewhere in the city. Loss: $600.
Police were called April 4 to 100th Street and Heath Avenue, where tires had been removed from a field irrigator. The irrigation machine had fallen on the removed tires, so only the wheel lug nuts were stolen.
A 14-year-old St. Paul Park girl and a 14-year-old Cottage Grove girl were referred to the Youth Service Bureau for theft after a shoplifting incident April 5 at Cub Foods, 8690 East Point Douglas Road.
Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Road, reported a theft April 5. The suspect placed a TV valued at $172 on the bottom of his cart and left the store without paying, police said. The 31-year-old Cottage Grove man was cited for shoplifting.
Walmart, 9300 East Point Douglas Road, reported a theft April 5. A 16-year-old Woodbury girl will be charged in a formal complaint for misdemeanor shoplifting and fourth-degree assault and disorderly conduct. Police say she kicked at officers and the squad car window. She also screamed obscenities in front of adults and children in the story when police were handling the incident, according to the report.
Walmart, 9300 East Point Douglas Road, reported a theft April 6. A male suspect took two blenders and left the store without paying for them. Loss: $348. The suspect was not found.
Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Road, reported a theft April 7. The store said a man went to the guest service desk to pick up an iPad and PlayStation that was on hold for him. After the devices were placed on the counter, an employee turned to get something else for the man and he grabbed the items and left the store. The incident is under investigation. Loss: $899.
Target, 8655 East Point Douglas Road, reported a theft April 8. A man made a small purchase and then confused the cashier by asking for change. He was pictured on security footage pocketing money during the exchange. The case is being investigated by the department’s Criminal Interdiction and Traffic Enforcement unit.
A Cottage Grove resident reported April 8 that a package was missing from the 8000 block of Grafton Avenue. Loss: $115.
A 12-year-old Cottage Grove boy was referred to the Youth Service Bureau for fifth-degree assault after he punched another 12-year-old Cottage Grove boy April 2 on a Cottage Grove Middle School bus.
A Cottage Grove resident reported April 4 that a male suspect was looking in a window of a home in the 7600 block of Laverne Avenue. The homeowner turned on interior lights and the suspect left. The incident was reported three hours after it occurred. Police found footprints outside the home but could not find a suspect.
A police officer found two people engaged in sexual activity in the backseat of a vehicle parked at the Metro Transit park-and-ride facility on West Point Douglas Road about 9:30 p.m. April 7. They were told to leave.
A Cottage Grove woman reported April 4 that two tires were slashed on a vehicle parked in the 9600 block of Dunes Avenue. Loss: $265.
A Cottage Grove man reported April 5 that his mailbox was damaged in the 8000 block of Ideal Avenue. Loss: $150.
A Cottage Grove woman reported April 7 that a coyote had been hanging around the back fence at her home in the 9600 block of Heath Avenue. Police also received a couple other coyote sightings in recent weeks.
A 23-year-old Oakdale man was cited for theft and tampering with a motor vehicle following a reported vehicle break-in about 9:30 p.m. April 9. A woman called police to say she could see a male suspect taking items from a vehicle across the street in the 8000 block of Hemingway Avenue. Police found the suspect walking down the street.