Sauk Rapids is a town adjacent to St. Cloud. While every community in the area suffers from some serious crime related to the typical problems of gangs, drugs or burglary - it was refreshing to see this actual crime report yesterday dealing with more, shall I say, "benign" issues.
Here's a peek at the crime log for Sauk Rapids - with my additional comments (of course) in bold italics.
Compiled by Times staff report
Published: March 03. 2007 12:30AM - Last updated: March 03. 2007 12:42AM
Sauk Rapids police
A police officer had to help a State Patrol trooper at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. The trooper's squad car stalled in the intersection at Minnesota Highway 15 and 18th Street North. The trooper and officer pushed the squad car out of the intersection and called a tow truck.
...Following that, they called a chiropractor.
An officer got a squad car stuck at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at Municipal Park, River Avenue and 10th Street North. The officer was trying to help another vehicle that was stuck there. A tow truck was able to get both vehicles out.
...However, immediately after getting the vehicles out, both the driver and the officer got their shoes stuck in the snow and had to ask the tow truck driver to lift them out as well. One of the officer's shoes remained stuck in the snow and was never recovered.
Police received a report of a suspicious person at 4:45 a.m. Thursday at Frontier Court and Second Avenue North. A man was walking on Second Avenue carrying a plastic bag. An officer spoke to the man, who was acting nervous. The man said he was going to see a friend. The man had clothing and six unused 60-watt light bulbs in his bag. The man was released.
...However, an ongoing investigation is in progress. It is hoped this man will lead authorities to the kingpin of a much larger light bulb trafficking operation involving 100-watt bulbs.
A resident reported suspicious activity at 4:05 p.m. Thursday in the 1400 block of Third Avenue South. The caller said some kids put something in a wood box behind bleachers. Police located the box and found four boxes of unopened cigarettes. The cigarettes were destroyed.
...In addition, the wood box was destroyed. Police are now looking for the kids so they can be destroyed as well.
A resident reported that his snowmobiles were tampered with while they were in storage in the 1000 block of Second Avenue North. The call came in at 5:20 p.m. Thursday. The caller said someone tried to steal his snowmobiles that were on a trailer. The trailer also was damaged.
...However, police have decided not to pursue the complaint because it was determined that the complainant himself was actually in violation of a lesser-known law that makes it illegal to store and not use your snowmobiles during a one-week period following the only snowfall of the winter season.
If you have any information about these incidents, call Crime Stoppers at 255-1301 or visit its Web site at tricountycrimestoppers.org.