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11:23 a.m. Suspicious vehicle. Victory Loop. An officer was requested to check on a suspicious vehicle that was parked near a park. Caller stated there was a white van parked across the street from a park with a male occupant. The officer contacted the man, and he told the officer he was playing a Pokémon game and would be on his way shortly.
4:36 p.m. Dog. Oak Pond Drive. The Community Service Officer was dispatched to a dog complaint call. The caller told the officer she feared she or her dog could be attacked if the dog continued to run loose. The CSO stopped at the home where the dog resides; the concerns were discussed, and the owner stated they would make more deliberate attempts at containing the dog in the future. The dog owners were given a verbal warning about their dog being at large. The CSO called the complainant back and was informed the incident had happened a few hours earlier. The caller also confirmed the dog has never bit her or her dog. The CSO and the caller discussed calling in the future if this behavior continues but to call at the time of the incident so it can be better addressed.
Midnight. Suspicious vehicle. Riverside Avenue. While an officer was on routine patrol, they came across a vehicle in the driveway and the vehicle lights were flashing intermittently. The officer noted it appeared to be some kind of alarm. The officer found the vehicle to be unoccupied, and both front windows rolled down. The officer was unable to find a number for the registered owner and tried knocking at the home, but no one answered.
5:33 a.m. Vagrancy. Twin Rivers Court. An officer was requested by a business to assist with a person sleeping in a vehicle that they wanted to leave. The officer made contact with a woman sleeping in her vehicle, the officer told her the business no longer wanted her there. The officer and woman discussed options and she went on her way.
11:57 p.m. Property damage. 2 ½ Street N. Officers were requested for a possible party that led to property damage. The caller stated there was a party nearby and that partygoers must have gotten spooked when they saw a squad car drive by. Partygoers started running, knocking down parts of the wooden fence and broke the gate on the other side of the property. The officer met with the caller and a resident of the home where the party was taking place. The resident stated they were having a party but no one underage was there, as they were checking IDs. The resident acknowledged the people that went through the fence were from his home. The officer took pictures of the property damage.
8:53 p.m. Juvenile problem. CR 120. Officers were called to a report of three juveniles jumping on cars in a parking lot. While the officer was en route they were updated the three juveniles were walking toward the entrance of the store. The officer was unable to locate the juveniles. The officer requested asset protection to review video. Video shows them messing around in the lot, not jumping on vehicles.
7:47 p.m. Driving complaint. Cougar Court. An officer was dispatched to a driving complaint. Dispatch informed the officer that the caller stated the driver almost hit them with the vehicle. The officer was told by dispatch that the caller said there was a five-minute time delay in calling in. The officer was unable to locate the vehicle. The officer contacted the registered owner by phone and was advised the owner’s son had the vehicle tonight. The owner said he would be reaching out to his son and correcting the issue.
4:31 PM. Theft. 4 Av S. An officer was dispatched for a theft of a package. The officer was informed a package was delivered to the location, but the tenant never received it. Video was reviewed and it showed a different tenant taking the box and bringing it to her apartment. The female was confronted but denied taking the package until she was notified that law enforcement had been called. The female willingly then returned the package at that point. The caller called the officer back and stated they no longer needed any help.
4:24 PM. Wildland Fire. Pinewood St. Officers were dispatched for a grass fire near a business and homes. As the officer responded they could see heavy smoke in the area and fire spreading quickly due to strong winds. The officer started alerting residents in the townhomes they needed to evacuate, due to the spreading fire. The first homeowner told the officer she needed help with Jim, the officer told her she’d be right back. After the officer alerted other residents to start evacuating, she found the first female tenant loading Jim, the cat, into the car. Two garden hoses were used to try and slow the spread of the fire, as the fire had already spread to a center median in the parking lot. Sartell Fire Department arrived on scene and was able to contain the fire from spreading any further and put it out.
5:28 PM. Suspicious Activity. 8 Av N. Dispatch requested an officer respond to a suspicious vehicle call. The officer was notified that a van pulled into the caller’s driveway, the caller approached them, and the male occupants of the vehicle told her they were going door to door to clean carpets. The caller stated they tried getting into her home and she told them “No” and the males got upset. The officer was able to locate the vehicle and spoke to the males. The males denied using aggressive sales tactics and produced a picture of a solicitor’s license for the officer. The officer noted that none of the three males were listed on the permit. They were told to cease activities until they could get an updated permit.
6:09 PM. Shoplifting. County Road 120. An officer was requested to assist a business for two males concealing merchandise. The officer was informed while enroute that the males had left the last point of sale and asset protection had stopped the males and brought them back to the office. The officer met with asset protection and was informed one male had concealed merchandise on his person and the other had under rang merchandise. Asset protection believed both males had been previously trespassed from another store. The officer will be issuing citations to both males for shoplifting and possibly trespassing once the asset protection employee gets back to the officer.
8:43 PM. Unwanted Person. Roberts Rd. An officer was requested to assist an individual that had a male outside of his apartment building yelling at him up to the 3rd floor. The officers located the male, who was visibly upset but willing to speak to the officers. The male’s girlfriend had left him without any information today and he wanted answers from the friend that helped her. The male told officers he was upset but eventually calmed down. The male decided to head home and to cool down before attempting contact again.
10:07 PM. Assist Person. 2 St S. An officer was dispatched to a male calling dispatch to turn himself in on warrants but then discontinued the phone conversation. The male called in again stating he needs help. The officer was able to locate the male outside a bar, who had two confirmed warrants out of Douglas County and Pope County. The officer arrested the male and transported him to the Stearns County Jail to be booked and held for pick up.
2:55 PM. Intoxicated Person. County Road 120. Dispatch requested officers respond to a business for a male drinking Listerine in the bathroom and refusing to leave. When officers arrived on scene the male had moved to the electronics department. The officer was able to watch the male on camera for a bit and noted he was very unsteady on his feet and ended up sitting down and leaning against a post. The officers made contact and the male was mumbling nonsense to the officers. Officers assisted the male up and had to assist walking him out of the store. The male was PBT’d and was almost double over the legal limit. The officer transported the male to Detox.