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for Week of January 10, 2005
St. Cloud Police: Robbery
On 01/09/05 at 2359 hours officers were
dispatched to Blockbuster Video, at 3356 Division Street West, in
reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred. Employees of the
business stated that a white male had entered the business displaying a
handgun and demanded money.
was described as being approximately 5'8", 175 pounds, wearing blue jeans,
a gray hooded sweatshirt, black ski mask, approximately 35 years of age,
with blue eyes. The suspect fled the area prior to police arrival and is
believed to be in possession of approximately $1,000 in paper money from
the business. The St. Cloud Police Department is asking the public to
report any additional information they may have concerning this crime.
St. Cloud Police:
Vehicle Vandalism and Damage to Property
On 01/09/05 at 0131 hours officers were dispatched to 9 18th Avenue North,
the VFW parking lot, for a report of four black males who had just shot
out a car window, Investigation revealed that the four suspect males were
walking through the parking lot when they fired 50me sort of BB or pellet
gun into the window of the vehicle. The two witnesses in the area
approached the males and all four males fled on foot, firing the BB gun at
the witnesses. The witnesses were not injured or struck by any BBs.
Two of the suspects were located at a nearby house. Investigation for the
two additional suspects is ongoing. Several businesses in the area were
also discovered to have windows shot out with what appears to be a similar
BB. Anyone else with information is being asked to call Crime Stoppers.
Stearns County Sheriff: Business Burglary
During the night of January 6th, a burglary took place at the Pearl Lake
Lodge. Forced entry was made and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.
111 Washington Avenue South, Suite 11OO-Minneapol1s, MN, 5540l-http://minneapolilis.fbi.gov
TSUNAMI DISASTER RELIEF FRAUD ALERT
Washington, D. C. - The FBI today is alerting the public to a variety of
scams currently being facilitated online involving the solicitation of
additional relief funds for the victims of the recent Tsunami disaster.
The FBI, through the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), has received
reports of web sites being established purportedly to assist with
collection and relief efforts. Complaints submitted to the IC3 have
identified several schemes that involve both unsolicited in-coming emails
(SP AM), as well as reports of responses to posted email addresses, to
assist for a fee, in locating loved ones who may have been a victim of the
disaster. A fraudulent relief donation website has also been detected
containing an imbedded Trojan exploit which can infect the user's computer
with a virus if accessed.
The FBI, in conjunction with domestic with international law enforcement
and industry partners, take seriously these egregious actions and are
resolved to aggressively pursuing those who would attempt to victimize
The IC3 is cautioning citizens against participating in this type of
on-line correspondence. Consistent with previous guidance on incidents of
Phishing/Spoofing and Identity Theft, when considering on-line options for
providing funding to this relief effort consumers should consider the
* Do not respond to any unsolicited (SP AM) incoming emails.
* Be skeptical of individuals claiming to be surviving victims or foreign
government officials asking for help in placing large sums of money in
overseas bank accounts.
* To ensure that contributions to U.S. based non-profit organizations are
used for intended purposes, go directly to recognized charities and aid
organizations web sites, as opposed to following a link to another site.
* Attempt to verify the legitimacy of non-profit organizations by
utilizing various Internet based resources which may assist in confirming
the existence of the organization as well as its non-profit status.
* Be leery of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in
attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments
from know senders.
Several variations of this scam are currently in circulation. Anyone who
has received an email referencing the above information or anyone who may
have been a victim of this or a similar incident should notify the IC3 via
the web site, www.ic3.gov .
The Benton County Sheriff: Two Bar Burglaries
and One Attempted Bar Burglary.
– Burglary was reported on December 21, 2004, which occurred overnight.
Suspect(s) gained entry using a prying object on a door. Suspect(s) took
numerous packs/cartons of Marlboro and Camel brand cigarettes along with a
Sharp brand cash register and $500.00 cash.
Ronneby Bar and Grill – Attempted
burglary was reported on December 31,2004, at 5:07 A.M. Suspect(s)
activated back door alarm. When officers arrived the back door was found
to have pry marks.
Rum Shack Bar – Burglary was
reported on December 31, 2004, which occurred overnight. Suspect(s) gained
entry through the front door using a prying object. Suspect(s) took
several cartons of cigarettes including the brands Marlboro, Camel, and
GPC. Approximately $90.00 cash was taken from the cash register along with
a Rural American Bank bag containing rolls of quarters worth approximately
$400.00, and eight packages of Zig Zag rolling papers