If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-255-1301, or access its tip site at tricountycrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers offers rewards up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a crime.
11:07 p.m. Noise complaint. First Street NE. Officers were called to a noise complaint. The complaint stated a group of kids were in the parking lot being loud. Officers arrived and spoke with three juveniles in the parking lot and informed them about the complaint. They agreed to quiet down and went inside a short time afterward.
3:40 p.m. Gas leak. Twin Rivers Court. Officers were dispatched to a gas leak. Officers arrived and learned the building had been evacuated and everyone was safe at a neighboring business. Officers could smell gas inside the electrical room. Sartell Fire responded and determined the smell was coming from the water heater. Xcel arrived on scene to fix the problem and everyone was able to return inside.
12:57 p.m. Suspicious activity. Sixth Street NE. Officers responded to a report of suspicious activity. The caller stated they saw two people walking in the woods near their home, wearing blaze orange and carrying what looked like a rifle. Officers arrived on scene and did not see anything in the woods, nor heard any gunshots. A short time later, officers found a boy wearing blaze orange. Officers spoke to the boy and his mother, and it was determined he was the person seen in the woods. He told officers he was pretending to hunt with his new toy gun. Officers advised the complainant there was no crime.
11:58 a.m. Traffic stop. CR 1/CR 120. Officers were on patrol and observed another vehicle exiting the roundabout. Officers ran the vehicle’s plates and learned the registered owner has an instructional permit and was the only person in the vehicle. The officer made a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, who was aware of the requirements for driving with an instructional permit. The officer issued a citation to the driver for the instructional-permit violation.
11:55 p.m. Traffic stop. First Street N./Fourth Avenue N. Officers were on patrol when they observed a vehicle that did not have its brake lights working. Officers stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver. The driver also did not have proof of current insurance. The officer gave the driver a verbal warning for the brake lights and no proof of insurance.
11:43 p.m. Open door. Greenwood Lane. Officers were dispatched to a report of an open door. The caller reported their neighbors’ back door to their house has been open for several days and no one was home. Officers arrived and saw no tracks in the snow to the door and saw no signs of forced entry. Officers secured the door and cleared.
8 p.m. No pay. Pinecone Road. Officers responded to a no-pay gas drive-off. Employees said the driver of the vehicle pumped gas and drove off without paying. The officer was able to call the driver who stated she told the staff she had pumped gas but did not pay attention to if it was charged to her grocery bill. The owner stated they would return to the store and pay for the gas. Officers advised staff the owner of the vehicle would return soon to pay for the fuel.
3:11 p.m. Intoxicated person. Seventh Avenue N. Officers were called for a report of an intoxicated person. The caller reported their girlfriend had relapsed and was drunk. Officers arrived on scene and found the woman face down on the bed. An empty bottle of vodka was found next to the bed. The woman became verbal toward the officers, refused to listen and told them to leave. With the woman uncooperative, officers agreed to leave and told the complainant to call if things got worse.
9:57 a.m. Traffic stop. Pinecone Road N. Officers were on patrol running a registration check on a vehicle when they were alerted that the registered owner was revoked. The officer made a traffic stop and confirmed the driver was the registered owner. The driver stated they knew they were revoked but needed to get to work. The officer advised the driver they could not drive until they had been reinstated. The driver was issued a citation for driving after revocation.
10:47 p.m. Vandalism. Roberts Road. Officers responded to a report of vandalism. The complainant stated they’ve been having issues with their vehicle, and when it was brought in, they learned the gas tank had been filled with water and water beads. The complainant stated they had an idea who might have done this but didn’t have any proof. Officers are currently reviewing video to identify a possible suspect.
4:30 p.m. Verbal dispute. Amber Avenue S. Officers were called to the area for a verbal dispute. Officers arrived and spoke with one of the parties who stated there was an argument between him and a friend who accused him of kicking her dog. The man stated the woman had already left and nothing physical happened between them. All parties agreed to stay away from each other for the time being. Nothing further.
12:01 p.m. Threats complaint. Seventh Avenue S. Officers were dispatched for a report of threats being made over the phone. The victim stated they were texting someone they had met on an online dating website, who recently had been telling them to send money and was making threatening messages. Officers advised this appeared to be a scammer who wanted to extort money from the victim. Officers suggested they block the phone number and have no further contact with the person.
9:07 p.m. Shoplifting. 21 CR 120. Officers responded to a shoplifting complaint. Staff had stopped two individuals for under ringing items at the self-checkout. The total amount of the theft was more than $120. Both parties were issued a citation for misdemeanor theft.
8:53 a.m. Fraud. Officers spoke with a victim who reported he lost his wallet at Walmart. The victim stated they were notified from their bank that someone made three Doordash charges on his debit card. The bank told him there were more charges that were denied. The victim filled out a report with police regarding the thefts. Currently there are no suspects.