by Logan Gruber
The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office is investigating burglaries and thefts in the area of Riviera Road in LeSauk Township.
At around 3 a.m. Nov. 2, a resident on Riviera Road reported their garage door opening. When the resident investigated, they found the overhead door partially open and also noticed the remote opener was missing from one of their vehicles parked in their driveway.
A responding deputy found a vehicle parked along the roadway which was occupied by an 18-year-old St. Cloud female. Deputies smelled the odor of marijuana and conducted a search of the vehicle. They found drug paraphernalia and also located many items in and around the vehicle which appeared to not belong to this female. After speaking with local residents they determined some of these items – a bicycle, chainsaw and other tools – were missing from unlocked garages. Deputies towed the vehicle, and seized and inventoried the items. Investigators believe many of the items were stolen from garages and vehicles in that area.
A reverse 911 call was placed to all residents on Riviera Road to notify them of the investigation. If people from the area notice any property missing, they are encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 320-251-4240. As of press time on Wednesday, investigators are still attempting to locate a male acquaintance of this female who may have been involved in entering the garages while she waited in the car.