If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the Sartell Police Department at 320-251-8186 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301, 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.
1:40 a.m. Assist agency. Benton Drive and Scenic Drive W. An officer assisted a Benton County deputy with a vehicle search to ensure officer safety. No issues.
2:10 a.m. Traffic stop. 50th Avenue and Brianna Drive. An officer observed poor driving. The driver was given a verbal warning.
10:03 p.m. Tampering with motor vehicle. 1575 Amber Ave. S. A caller reported someone entered their vehicle. Nothing was missing or damaged. Complainant thinks they scared the suspect off as they came out of the apartment building.
3:30 p.m. Custody. Pinecone Road S. A caller asked for an officer to stand by while parents exchanged a child.
11 p.m. Theft. CR 120. An employee at a business had their purse stolen and then discarded on scene. Three credit cards were stolen. The officer advised the victim to cancel the cards and notify their bank. Management was advised to contact loss prevention to get video footage to find the suspect.
12:30 p.m. Intoxicated person. 19th Street N. Officers were dispatched for an individual who had pushed their call button after slipping and falling on their bathroom floor. The individual was clearly impaired and had a PBT of .23. The individual was assisted to a chair. Officers discussed options of detox and medical assistance, but the individual refused both. Staff was advised of the situation.
4 p.m. Collision. CR 1 and Hwy. 15. An officer was dispatched to a two-vehicle collision. No injuries were observed and both cars were drivable. The officer assisted the individuals in exchanging their information and writing a crash report.
7:20 a.m. Crash. Riverside Avenue N. An officer on patrol came across a car vs. deer accident. The vehicle had significant front-end damage and the deer was deceased. The deer was moved to the shoulder of the road. The driver did not wish to keep the deer, did not want an accident report and had someone coming to tow their vehicle. The county was notified, and an individual came to remove the deer. No further action needed.
3:15 p.m. Traffic stop. CR 1 and LeSauk Drive. An officer on patrol observed a vehicle with improper display of their front license plate. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver to discuss the infraction. The officer gave the driver a verbal warning.
4:30 p.m. Unwanted person. CR 120. Officers were dispatched to a business after employees reported a male who appeared to be under the influence and was wandering around the business barefoot. At one point the individual was rolling around on the ground yelling at imaginary people. When officers arrived on scene, they were notified as they entered the male ran out the exit. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the individual. No further action needed.
5:15 p.m. Driving complaint. Pine Siskin Avenue. A complainant called regarding a lot of speeders in their neighborhood. An officer on duty called the complainant to discuss their concerns. Extra patrol was requested. The officer posted the information to the patrol room’s briefing board.
3:30 p.m. Welfare. Fourth Avenue S. A concerned citizen approached an officer parked in their squad car concerned about a young child they had seen biking by themself. The officer located the child but saw a mother and another child around the bend. Once the young boy caught up to the other bikers they then continued together. No further action needed.
9 a.m. Citizen contact. Pinecone Road S. Community Service Officer Wild assisted a few citizens with getting fingerprinting done for licensing purposes. No issues.
7 p.m. Suspicious activity. 14th Avenue E. An officer on patrol witnessed two vehicles pull up to a building, black out their lights then exit their vehicles and enter the business that was closed. The officer made contact with the individuals and it was found they were the cleaning crew. No further action was needed.
4 p.m. Vehicle in ditch. Pinecone Road N. Officers responded to a young driver who had over corrected while driving in snowy and icy road conditions thus ending up in the ditch. Officers got the vehicle out of the ditch. The vehicle was drivable, and the driver had no injuries. Officers discussed slowing down and driving for the current conditions. No further action was needed.
11:30 p.m. Alarm. Second Street S. Officers were dispatched to a local business for a security alarm. Officers secured the building. The keyholder was contacted and met officers on scene. It was determined the alarm was likely due to an HVAC issue. No further action was needed.
9:30 p.m. Traffic stop. CR 120. An officer on patrol observed a vehicle traveling with no taillights. The officer made contact with the driver and discussed the infraction. The driver was given a verbal warning.
5:15 p.m. Assist person. Seventh Avenue N. A complainant requested officer presence while picking up belongings from a residence and exchanging children with the other parent. The exchange was completed with no issues. No further action was needed.
Midnight. Alarm. Riverside Avenue S. Officers responded to an audible burglary alarm. There was no contact on the premise and a keyholder did not respond. The building was found to be secure. No further action needed.
1 a.m. Extra patrol. City of Sartell. After recent burglaries and thefts at several local gas stations, officers have been vigilant about conducting extra patrol in the area of said businesses.
7 p.m. Traffic stop. CR 120. An officer on patrol performed a traffic stop for a vehicle that failed to display their license plates. Upon making contact with the driver it was found the driver’s license was revoked, the vehicle was unregistered and did not have taillights and the driver did not have insurance. The officer issued a citation for the infractions.
Author: Janelle Von Pinnon
Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.