Records published Aug. 26, 2020
WILLMAR — Law enforcement is asking people to lock their vehicles and not leave valuables in plain sight in response to the slight uptick recently in vehicle break-ins and property theft.
The Redwood Falls Police Department had six reports Tuesday morning of thefts from vehicles that likely happened overnight, though the exact time is unknown, according to Redwood Falls Police Chief Jason Cotner.
Cotner wrote in an email that, based on the location of the incidents, they are likely connected. Cotner wrote that the vehicles were not broken into as they were all unlocked.
“So my message to the public would be to keep your vehicle locked when it is parked, even if it's parked in your own driveway,” Cotner wrote.
Willmar has also seen a slight uptick in vehicle break-ins when compared to this time in 2019, according to Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt, who wrote in an email that the city usually sees a significant increase of these incidents during the warmer months or when the weather is mild.
“Even car prowlers don’t like to be caught in the rain,” Felt wrote.
Felt wrote that his department hasn’t found any connections to these crimes to other areas at this time, stating that most crimes of this type tend to be local people often on foot or bicycle, which limits mobility.
“Vehicle break-ins continue to be a common crime,” Felt wrote. “Oftentimes it’s a few, non-connected suspects that account for large amounts of thefts and criminal damage to property to vehicles. To them it’s a minimal risk yet high reward type of crime.”
Felt wrote the department has been addressing the issue through highly visible patrols and monitoring areas where frequent issues take place as well as using unmarked and plainclothes patrols and stationary observation points to try and catch the individuals involved.
“We try to be both proactive and effectively reactive on these cases,” Felt wrote. “We encourage the public to submit any tips and video to us that could help identify the perpetrators.”
Felt wrote that his department investigates each case and cross-references them to try and link cases together to identify and return property when possible and to try and bring criminal charges against perpetrators.
“Most often these are individuals seeking easily stolen items that can be converted to cash or most often traded for narcotics,” Felt wrote. “The public can help the most by being mindful of the property they have in their vehicles and securing it. Every. Time. Lock your doors. Don’t leave valuables in plain sight. Take in purses, bags and backpacks. Park inside or lit areas whenever possible.”
WILLMAR — A 32-year-old man was arrested around 9:21 p.m. Monday following a traffic stop on the corner of Trott Avenue and 14th Street Southwest.
The man was arrested for a warrant and for fifth-degree drug possession.
WILLMAR — A 20-year-old man was arrested around 12:01 a.m. Tuesday for obstruction following a traffic stop on the 1000 block of Becker Avenue Southwest.
WILLMAR — A 27-year-old woman was arrested around 1:32 a.m. Tuesday after police responded to a call that a woman was trying to break into a residence on the 1400 block of 13th Avenue Northeast.
Houses and business egged
WILLMAR — Multiple houses were egged around 11:20 p.m. Monday on the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Westwood Court Northwest.
According to the report, people were throwing eggs at houses with “patriotic decorations” and also at people.
Also, around 10:16 a.m. Tuesday, an address associated with Zero Tolerance Arms and Ammo reported that they had been egged.
Road rage hit and run
SPICER — A Kandiyohi County sheriff’s deputy was flagged down around 1:47 p.m. Tuesday by witnesses who reported an earlier road rage incident on Minnesota Highway 23.
According to the report, there was minor damage to the victim's car after an incident involving a black Ford Explorer with firefighter plates driven by a heavy-set, older male with gray hair and glasses who had a female passenger.
The incident occurred somewhere on Highway 23 near the Elkhorn curve. The parties pulled into Teal's parking lot and the suspect got out of his vehicle to yell at the other driver.
The man left after the witnesses got out and told him to leave.
WILLMAR — A broken window was reported around 3:08 p.m. Tuesday on the 900 block of Litchfield Avenue Southwest.
Political signs and flag damaged
WILLMAR — A man reported around 5:25 p.m. Monday that a few of his political signs and a political flag had been damaged on the 1000 block of Ninth Street Southeast.
According to the report, the man requested an extra patrol in the area.