If you have a tip concerning a crime, call the St. Joseph Police Department at 320-363-8250 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.
3:09 p.m. Fraud. First Avenue SE. Complainant stated he was the victim of fraud and was possibly out $740. Advised the complainant he needs to speak with his bank in person and let them know about the fraud.
1:47 p.m. Dog at large. College Avenue N. Call was regarding a dog locked in a blue truck in distress on the west side of Kay’s Kitchen. Officer found the truck with a small dog in the front, and it looked OK. Officer met the owner of the truck and the dog who stated they had the remote start on, they love their dog and they had the A/C cranked. Officer told driver the vehicle was not running when officer checked truck. Owner stated the vehicle runs for 15 minutes and they were in Kay’s for about 25 minutes. The dog was OK.
5:32 p.m. Harassment. Iverson Street W. A woman wanted to report a harassment. She said her friend has been talking to a man who asked her for some money. She lent her friend $5,000, and the friend gave it to this man. She has realized the man is not who he says he is, but she can’t convince her friend that he isn’t who he says he is. Explained that since she willingly lent her friend this money, there was no crime committed resulting in damages to her as a victim. Assisted her in blocking the phone number and explained to her that she should convince her friend to do the same. Advised if her friend wants to report a fraud she is free to do so.
8:29 p.m. Fire. Sixth Avenue NW. Officers arrived on scene. The attached garage was fully engulfed. Officer was told gas cans and shotgun shells were inside which started going off. Fire started to spread to the house. Officers started evacuating neighboring residences and clearing the area. Requested Xcel to shut off gas and power. St. Joseph Fire Department Chief told resident there was to be nobody in the house as it is unsafe structurally.