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12 a.m. Suspicious activity. N. River Avenue. An officer observed a vehicle parked on a walking path under the bridge. The officer found two occupants, a 22-year-old male from Pennock and an 18-year-old female from Sauk Rapids, partially clothed in the backseat. The officer advised them they could not drive on the walking path, and that the park was closed. The officer spoke to each individually, and both stated they were there of their own free will.
6:42 p.m. Parking complaint. Prairie View Lane NE. A person reported a vehicle parked in the grass of a public park. An officer arrived a located the vehicle parked on the sidewalk. The officer spoke with the driver, who said they were parked there while loading items into their vehicle. The driver moved the vehicle.
12:16 p.m. Theft. Industrial Boulevard. An employee contacted police, stating sometime over the weekend someone stole 112 wood pallets from the business. The pallets are valued at approximately $560.
4:51 p.m. Animal complaint. Water Avenue S. A resident complained of a dog barking next door. The officer arrived to a quiet dog. The officer waited for a while, then spoke to the owner and advised them of the complaint. The dog was still quiet when the officer left.
4:12 p.m. Assist fire. Summit Avenue S. The smell of gas was reported. The fire department and police arrived, but neither could smell gas, and the fire department found nothing concerning.
9:20 p.m. Warrant arrest. 2nd Avenue N. A 35-year-old female was wanted for arrest. Police arrived at the female’s residence, and the female answered the door giving a fake name. The officer knew her face and knew she was lying, and was able to place the female into custody peacefully. The female was transported to the Benton County Jail.
9:24 a.m. Medical alert. 4th Avenue N. A medical alert alarm for a person was set off. The alarm company could not receive an answer and alerted police. Police arrived and found the person safe. The person was not aware they had set the alarm off.
5:49 p.m. Hit-and-run. 4th Avenue N. A landlord reported a U-Haul truck backed up into the garage door, causing damage. The landlord stated no one was moving into or out of the building at this time, and so they were not sure why the U-Haul was in the area.
9:03 p.m. Medical. Summit Avenue N. A 90-year-old person fell out of their bed, and hit their head causing bleeding. An officer arrived on scene to help stop the bleeding until Gold Cross paramedic arrived to transport the patient.
2:45 a.m. Trespassing. Benton Drive N./9th Street N. Railroad operators called reporting two children playing on the tracks. Sartell and Sauk Rapids police checked the area, but found no one.
2:36 p.m. Attempted burglary. 1st Avenue N. Neighbors reported seeing a torn screen on a second-floor window. An officer arrived to investigate and from outside the building observed a knife near the window. The officer contacted the landlord and entered the locked apartment. Officers cleared the apartment; windows and doors were then secured. The residents were requested to call law enforcement if anything suspicious happens.
12:50 p.m. Disturbance. Summit Avenue S. A resident reported their neighbor yells at the resident’s children, causing them to be scared. The resident asked police for advice on how to obtain a harassment restraining order, which they gave.
1 p.m. Criminal damage to property. 15th Court. A landlord reported observing an older silver Chevy Impala drive forward into two garages the landlord owns, causing severe damage. The driver then left the scene in the vehicle. Sartell and Sauk Rapids police both searched for the vehicle, but could not locate it. The damage is estimated to be at least $1,000.