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Anglers targeted in thefts: Sheriff’s office seeks information

11 2nd Ave N, Unit 103  |  Sauk Rapids, MN  56379
320.251.1971
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   FOLEY —The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information concerning a stolen boat that was recovered in Watab Township. 
   A citizen called the Benton County Sheriff’s Office to report he had found a boat and trailer parked on a walking path at Bend in the River Park May 18. Law enforcement located a 2018 Skeeter fiberglass boat on a tandem axle trailer. The boat was missing its outboard motor, trolling motor, battery and electronic fishing accessories. The deputy noted that the suspect(s) had cut into the boat in order to remove some of these electronic items. 
   Further investigation into this boat led to the discovery that it had been stolen from a business in Elk River sometime between the afternoon May 17 and the morning of May 18. Investigators learned that at the time of the theft, the boat was equipped with a 250 hp outboard motor.    
   Investigators suspect that the boat was stolen from Elk River, brought to the Benton County area, stripped of its contents and then abandoned on the walking path at Bend in the River Park.  
   The sheriff’s office is also investigating several cases of damage to vehicles and theft in the area of Highway 10 and 95th Street NW in Watab Township. 
   Law enforcement was called to the public boat landing on Little Rock Lake May 16, after learning three trucks parked at the access had a hole drilled in their gas tanks and all the gasoline removed from the tanks. A passenger car at the landing had been broken into with the suspect(s) removing a wallet and speaker from the car. The thefts and damage occurred between 6:30-8 p.m. May 16. Law enforcement was also notified of a similar incident that occurred between 2-9 a.m. May 12 at Rumor’s Bar and Grill, 9530 Hemlock Road NW, Rice. 
   The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have seen this boat or anyone with information about these crimes to contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at 320-968-7201 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 800-255-1301, http://www.tricountycrimestoppers.org.