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Vandalism

NEW LONDON -- What started as a homecoming prank for a group of New London-Spicer teens backfired this weekend with the threat of a ticket.

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The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said the students obtained a junked car, covered it with garbage, toilet paper, eggs, campaign signs and plastic wrap and had it towed to the curbside in the 200 block of Pine Street in New London, where one of the students lived.

But someone complained on Friday, which brought a sheriff's deputy to the scene. The deputy noted at least a couple of potential violations -- the car was out in the street several inches from the curb, and it had been left unattended despite a city ordinance prohibiting vehicles from being parked streetside for more than 48 hours.

The parent of the prankster who lived there was told that if the vehicle wasn't moved, a citation would be issued and the car towed away at the parent's expense.

WILLMAR -- Two tires were slashed on a vehicle while it was parked Wednesday night and early Thursday morning at McDonald's restaurant. The owner reported the damage Saturday to Willmar Police.

Thefts

NEW LONDON -- A purse and its contents, including a wallet, was reported stolen from a vehicle this weekend in New London. The theft happened some time Saturday night or early Sunday morning while the vehicle was parked in the 200 block of Dogwood Street. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

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