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Benson PD taking tips via text, e-mail

BENSON -- The Benson Police Department has joined with Crime Stoppers of Minnesota to increase the ways that citizens can anonymously pass on information to help solve crimes. In addition to staying anonymous, persons giving tips may be eligible to collect up to $1,000 in reward. The additional ways that citizens can turn in tips may save thousands of dollars of investigators' time, speed the solving of cases and help bring comfort to the victims of a crime. Tips may be turned in by a toll-free phone call, on the internet, or by text messaging from a cell phone.

Through this partnership, the Benson PD will receive tips that Crime Stoppers collects through its systems because citizens may be reluctant to step forward to "get involved" directly with the Police but who still want to "do the right thing." The police gain the ability to have tips connect directly to the Crime Stoppers of Minnesota Web Tip Form by putting a hot link on its Web site.

People with knowledge about a crime or a fugitive can volunteer tips to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS, going online at, or by texting on a cell phone TIP674, plus a message SEND to CRIMES [274637].


WILLMAR -- A home burglary was reported around 5 p.m. Wednesday along the 3800 block of 78th Avenue Southeast. Missing from the home were two laptop computers, cash and change.


WILLMAR -- Two men, ages 17 and 22, are expected to be charged with disorderly conduct and assault after an incident reported around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday at the YMCA, 1000 Lakeland Dr. S.E. One person was left unconscious and was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital by ambulance.