Charges coming against youths suspected in motor vehicle tampering

by Jim Boyle


An alert resident in the 19100 block of Zane St. has helped Elk River Police nab a trio of juveniles suspected of motor vehicle tampering.

The resident phoned 911 about 2:30 a.m. on July 16 with a report of three juvenile males tampering with a motor vehicle. He observed the boys and later detained two of them, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

The third boy was later identified. Police have questioned the three boys, all of whom are from Elk River.  Charges are pending, Kluntz said.

Elk River Police continue to look for the culprits responsible for a rash of criminal damage to property incidents. Last week Kluntz announced the department was offering a reward for information that would lead to arrests in a batch of cases of damaged swimming pools, trampolines, fences, yards and other property.

There were about two dozen criminal damage to property reports taken on the east side of Elk River during a three day period from July 3 through July 6., and additional complaints have continued to roll in, Kluntz reported last week.

Neighborhoods that have been hit include Deerfield, Trott Brook and Park Pointe and others. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Elk River Police at 763-635-1260.

Police have stepped up patrols in areas who have been affected by the vandals, and are asking residents to call 911 right away when they see suspicious activity.

The incidents are happening overnight and police suspect that young  people out past curfew are committing the crimes.

“This is a high priority situation for us, and we are taking extra measures to combat the problem,” Kluntz said.  “Residents need to call 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious in their neighborhood. Don’t wait until the next morning to call us.”

Elk River police have also suggested residents leave some outside lights on and avoid parking vehicles in the street if at all possible.