by Jim Boyle
An alert resident in the 19100 block of Zane Street has helped Elk River police nab a trio of juveniles suspected of motor vehicle tampering.
The resident phoned 911 about 2:30 a.m. 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 this week.
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.
One frustrated resident phoned the Star News to say his pool in the Trott Brook Farms development was hit for a second time.
Neighborhoods that have been hit include Deerfield, Trott Brook, Park Pointe and others. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the Elk River Police Department at 763-635-1260.
Kluntz said there have been no arrests, but police are tracking a few leads.
Police have stepped up patrols in areas that 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.