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6:27 a.m. Burglary. Benton Drive S. Police were dispatched to a local bar after receiving a report of a burglary. Upon arrival, authorities noted the glass on the front door had been shattered. The back door appeared to have been forced. Police called the owner of the bar who came to survey the damage. No further evidence has been found.
3:58 a.m. Suspicious activity. Hwy. 15/Benton Drive N. Officials investigated a report of a suspicious male with long hair and dark clothes walking on the highway. Upon arrival, police checked the area but were unable to locate the man.
Trespassing. Benton Drive N. Police responded to an apartment complex manager who stated a man was trespassing on her property. She had previously warned the male to stay off her property in the past. Upon arrival, police spoke with the trespasser who stated he was there with the renter’s permission. The renter confirmed this and it was explained to the manager. She stated the resident had not paid their rent and was therefore being evicted on the first of the month. The area was cleared.
5:52 a.m. Alarm. 10th Avenue N.E. Police responded to a report a local church had been broken into. Authorities arrived on the scene to find broken glass, indicating a burglary. The building was secured. No further evidence has been found at this time.
5 p.m. Fire. 1st Avenue N. Authorities were dispatched after receiving a call from a female complainant who reported a strong smell of gas. Both police and fire departments responded to the complaint. Upon arrival, no gas was detected, and it was believed the smell may have come from the sewer drain.
6:07 p.m. Animal complaint. 1st Street S. Police responded to a complaint of two dogs being locked inside the car of a parking lot. Police waited in the parking lot until the owner of the car returned. He was questioned and stated he had left the windows cracked and a bowl of water for the dogs while he was absent. No further action was taken.
8:45 a.m. Assist. Summit Avenue N. Sauk Rapids police assisted Stearns County in administering a preliminary breath test to a female who was on probation. The test was given, resulting in all zeros.
5:22 a.m. Fire. 4th Avenue N. A female complainant stated she could smell smoke inside her place of employment. Upon arrival, police did not detect any fire, only a faint smell of smoke. The area was cleared.
7:10 p.m. Informational. Benton Drive N. A complainant called the police department stating she believed her neighbor’s washer and dryer had been stolen. Police advised the complainant to tell her neighbor to file an official police report, otherwise no action could be taken.
12:03 a.m. Assist. 2nd Avenue N. Sauk Rapids police assisted the Sartell department in arresting a warranted criminal. She was taken into custody and transported to the county prison. No further action has been taken at this time.
10:52 p.m. Arrest. 6th Avenue N/11th Street N. Police conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as a warranted criminal in Benton County. He was arrested and transported to the county jail.