LP Police offer reward for help in vandalism case

November 5, 2007

By Ivan Raconteur
Staff Writer

Lester Prairie Police Chief Bob Carlson has vowed to personally give the person or persons responsible for the recent vandalism spree in his city a ride to the McLeod County Jail, and he is offering a reward to help him find his passengers.

“They can explain their actions to the judge,” Carlson said.

The department is investigating 15 complaints of vandalism that took place between 10:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 2 a.m. Oct. 31.

Black spray paint was used to spray graffiti on vehicles, buildings, signs and fences throughout the city.

Carlson made it clear that this was not simply a prank.

“Each individual incident is a misdemeanor, but if they are all combined, the combined value of the damage brings it up to the level of a felony,” Carlson said.

He added that the combined offenses constitute first degree criminal damage to property, which is punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

The Lester Prairie Police Department is offering a reward for information that leads to charges and conviction of those responsible.

Carlson said police need help from the public, and requested that anyone who has information about the incident contact the Lester Prairie Police Department at (320) 395-2100 or chief@lesterprairiemn.us.

Those providing information may remain anonymous.

No dollar amount has been announced for the reward yet, but Carlson made it clear that to qualify for the reward, information received must lead to the suspects being charged and convicted.