This is the records summary for March 1.
Grandparent scam popping up again
WILLMAR — The Willmar Police Department is warning citizens that the “grandparent” scam has again been reported in the area.
The scam includes random calls to senior citizens. The caller claims to be their grandchild, who is in a foreign county, has been arrested and needs bail money. The person says not to tell their parents about the troubles, but to send money.
According to Capt. Jim Felt, the scammers typically ask the citizen to send money through a money transfer service and don’t use names, unless they learn it from the person they call.
Anyone with questions about possible scams can call the Police Department at 320-235-2244.
Car incident under investigation
WILLMAR — Willmar Police are investigating an incident reported around 6:40 a.m. Thursday in the area of Becker Avenue and Lakeland Drive Southeast that allegedly involved a man attempting to get into a vehicle driven by a woman.
According to Police Chief David Wyffels, the woman reported that a white man, wearing a ski mask and black jacket, approached her vehicle in a parking lot and pushed her door open after she opened the door to talk to him. The man also attempted to push her over and get into the vehicle. The woman said she kicked the man and told him she’d call police, which caused the man to walk away.
WILLMAR — A case of theft was reported around noon Wednesday along the 2500 block of First Street South.
WILLMAR — The theft of a laptop computer was reported around 1 p.m. Wednesday along the 6600 block of Highway 71 Northeast.
NEW LONDON — A 59-year-old man was arrested on charges of driving while impaired and driving after cancellation around 2 p.m. Wednesday along First Avenue Southwest.
LAKE LILLIAN — A 29-year-old man was arrested on theft charges around 8:15 a.m. Thursday along the 11000 block of 90th Avenue Southeast.
- Martin Bravo, Jr., 19, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 115 days in jail, a $500 fine and five years of probation on a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree.
Bravo was given credit for 115 days already served in custody and ordered to have no contact with females under 18, follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment and not use or possess pornographic or sexually explicit materials.
The charge was filed after county welfare investigators forwarded a birth certificate, for a child born in August, to Willmar police. The birth certificate listed Bravo as the father of the child, who was born to a 15-year-old girl. Paternity tests showed that Bravo was the father of child, with probability of 99.99 percent. Bravo was interviewed in the county jail, where he was held on an unrelated charge, and declined to give any information to the investigator.
- Daniel Robert Schmidt, 20, of St. Paul and formerly of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 75 days in jail, a $500 fine and five years of probation on a first-degree property damage charge for his role in smashing numerous car windows with golf clubs in May.
He was ordered to serve the first 15 days of the jail time in June and the remaining 60 days can be deferred if he complies with the conditions of probation. He was also ordered to pay $3,365.11 in restitution, jointly with his co-defendant, and complete chemical dependency treatment.
Schmidt and Nicholas John Craik, 26, of Minneapolis and formerly of Willmar, were both charged in the case. Craik was sentenced in September to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine and five years of probation on a felony count of first-degree property damage. He was also ordered to pay $3,365 in restitution to the victims and their insurance companies.
According to the complaint, the two men used a 5-iron and a 9-iron to smash the windows and mirrors on nine vehicles during the early morning hours of May 15. The damaged vehicles were parked along Third Street Southeast, Third Street Southwest, Seventh Street Northwest and Gorton Avenue Northwest.
The first person to report hearing the men smashing car windows reported it to Willmar police around 4:40 a.m. May 15.
The victim reported he had seen a man run to get into the passenger seat of a white passenger car that took off northbound on Third Street Southeast. The man’s pickup window had been smashed, so he took another vehicle to search for the white car. He located the white car along the 300 block of Becker Avenue Southeast and notified police.
The responding officer noticed pieces of broken tempered glass throughout the passenger side of the car, a broken golf club and an envelope with Schmidt’s name on it. The car was impounded.
Officers also learned from individuals living at a nearby residence that Schmidt and Craik were known to associate with each other.
A tip from a citizen led a Willmar officer to interview Schmidt and Craik, who both said they went drinking at Zorbaz in Spicer and then Craik drove the vehicle as Schmidt smashed car windows with a golf club. Schmidt also admitted the broken 9-iron club found inside one of the vehicles was his golf club. The other club was found inside the impounded car, along with a set of clubs missing the two irons.
This is the records summary for March 1.