Thanks to tip, police nab teens who tried to siphon fuel

Another citizen has helped solve a case of motor vehicle tampering, according to Elk River Police Capt. Bob Kluntz.

“This person did a great job,” Kluntz said. “He saw what was happening, called police right away, and relayed accurate information to the dispatcher, which allowed police to identify the vehicle and stop it.”

The resident in the 21100 block of Lander St. called police shortly before 2 a.m. on July 25 after observing individuals attempting to siphon fuel from  a neighbor’s vehicle.

The suspects left the area in a vehicle, but police stopped the suspects a short distance away.  The following citations were issued:  a Buffalo boy, 17, was cited for curfew, equipment violations on his vehicle and no proof of insurance; a Maplewood boy, 15, was cited for motor vehicle tampering and curfew; and an Elk River boy, 17, was cited with curfew.

Elk River Police continue to look for the culprits in a rash of criminal damage to property complaints on the east side of Elk River.