Crime and fire report: Hospital patient from Lake Park swindled while recovering; potential contractor fraud in Detroit Lakes

On Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 5:56 p.m., on the 1000 block of 1st Street, Lake Park, a hospital patient gave their key to a friend to pick up some personal items while they were recovering in a nearby clinic. When the patient was discharged, and returned home, they discovered more items were missing from the residence and suspected their friend. Also on Tuesday, at 4:30 p.m., on the 25000 block of Township Road 81, Detroit Lakes, a caller didn't like the tile work in their bathroom from what they thought was a licensed contractor. Upon further investigation, the caller discovered the contractor was not licensed.


The following reports were compiled from the Becker County Sheriff’s Office and Detroit Lakes Police Department from an official with knowledge of the cases, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, June 3

2:26 a.m., 20000 block County Road 21, Detroit Lakes, domestic incident. One arrest was made.

7:38 a.m., 20000 block Toad Mountain Road, Osage, vehicle fire. Extinguished before first responders arrived.

7:47 a.m., near Park Lake Boulevard, Detroit Lakes, city park bathroom toilet dispensers vandalized.

9:39 a.m., 100 block Hawley Street, Lake Park, possible fraudulent home purchase. Caller believes the title holder doesn’t actually hold the deed to the property.


11:26 a.m., near Migizi Avenue, Ponsford, unauthorized purchases made.

7:57 p.m., 200 block Stone Creek Drive, Detroit Lakes, officer rescued, and released, a fawn trapped between a screen porch and a fence.

Friday, June 4

6:50 a.m., near Little Detroit Lake, Detroit Lakes, jet ski floating in open water with no rider.

10:24 a.m., at Menard’s at 1465 Menard Drive, Detroit Lakes, shoplifter.

10:34 a.m., 200 block East Frazee Street, Detroit Lakes, two identical payroll checks were cashed at a bank; under investigation.

11:45 a.m., 500 block West Willow Street, Detroit Lakes, rock broke a window while mowing the grass.

1:22 p.m., 38000 block County Road 34, Ogema, car windows broken.

6:53 p.m., 1000 block Washington Avenue, Detroit Lakes, mobile phone stolen from a vehicle.


Saturday, June 5

8:15 a.m., 15000 block Blackhawk Road, Lake Park, bent property line marker.

12:07 p.m., 29000 block Highway 34, Detroit Lakes, mailbox damage.

2:00 p.m., at Walmart at 1583 Highway 10, Detroit Lakes, vehicle damage.

2:06 p.m., near Detroit Lake, Detroit Lakes, an anchor, chain, line and buoy close to shore near Zorbaz. Caller’s boat was tangled in the line and needed to cut it loose.
5:00 p.m., 39000 block County Road 34, Ogema, grill fire. Extinguished before first responders arrived.

5:01 p.m., 900 block West Lake Drive, Detroit Lakes, drug paraphernalia found and destroyed.

5:57 p.m., 900 block South Washington Avenue, Detroit Lakes, cellphone stolen.

7:14 p.m., near Highway 59 and County Road 6, Detroit Lakes, pursuit for failure to stop.

Sunday, June 6

7:54 a.m., 26000 block County Road 26, Callaway, single vehicle crash. One occupant was transported to a nearby medical clinic with minor injuries.


12:30 p.m., 25000 block East Cozy Cove Road, Detroit Lakes, power pole fuse blew. Started the pole on fire.

1:28 p.m., 500 block Balsam Avenue, Frazee, vehicle stolen. A 2004 Dodge Durango was stolen and found in Otter Tail County. Case is under investigation.

5:38 p.m., near the Detroit Lakes City Beach, Detroit Lakes, personal watercraft riding too close to beach.

7:07 p.m., 12000 block County Road 15, Detroit Lakes, compost site on fire near town hall.

9:26 p.m., 25000 block 260th Street, Callaway, stolen trailer. Caller has video of the theft; under investigation.

Monday, June 7

3:56 a.m., 29000 block 465th Avenue, Ponsford, vehicle on fire in a roadside ditch. Driver fled the scene before first responders arrived.

9:28 a.m., 2000 block 290th Avenue, Detroit Lakes, cat missing. Cat is gray with a white underbelly.

10:46 a.m., 1400 block East Shore Drive, Detroit Lakes, single vehicle rollover. No injuries.


11:42 a.m., 1700 block North Tower Road, Detroit Lakes, illegal dumping.

11:52 a.m., 27000 block County Road 141, Detroit Lakes, bicycle stolen from a shed. The bike was a black, Trek Marlin, 21-speed.

2:21 p.m., 100 block Eagle Drive, Ogema, vehicle damaged. Hood was kicked and dented, and a front tire was punctured.

Tuesday, June 8

2:03 a.m., 24000 block Riverside Road, Detroit Lakes, power line down and sparking in the trees.

3:09 a.m., 100 block 4th Street, Frazee, no contact order violation. One arrest made.

3:11 a.m., 600 block West Main Street, Detroit Lakes, house fire. Fire is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.

7:28 a.m., 17000 block South Big Cormorant Road, Audubon, personal watercraft disabled; towed onto shore.

7:37 a.m., 17000 block 344th Avenue, Frazee, Publisher’s Clearing House scam.


10:03 a.m., 300 block Cardinal Place, Detroit Lakes, package theft.

10:58 a.m., 400 block 2nd Street, Ogema, gas pump drive off.

12:13 p.m., 21000 block Skarie Road, Detroit Lakes, vehicle rummaged through. Electrical box damaged at a residence. Fuses stolen. The case is under investigation.

1:08 p.m., at Walmart at 1583 Highway 10, Detroit Lakes, shoplifting.

1:12 p.m., at Walmart at 1583 Highway 10, Detroit Lakes, shoplifting.

4:30 p.m., 25000 block TWP Road 81, Detroit Lakes, contractor fraud. Caller claims an unlicensed contractor did a bad tile job in their shower.

4:40 p.m, 1100 block West Avenue, Detroit Lakes, television stolen from residence.

5:56 p.m., 1000 block 1st Street, Lake Park, household item theft. While the caller was in the hospital, they lent a key to the residence to a friend to pick up some items. Caller noticed more items were missing when they arrived home.


6:53 p.m., near mile marker 37 on Highway 10, Becker County, grass fire in the median. Extinguished by a motorist before first responders arrived.

Wednesday, June 9

7:47 a.m., 26000 block Rattle Snake Circle, Waubun, phone stolen at Lake’s Sport Shop. Phone was located at an Ogema residence. The case is under investigation.

10:22 a.m., 100 block North Lake Street, Frazee, possible sexual conduct; under investigation.

2:10 p.m., near County Road 39 and County Road 36, Audubon, grass fire.

4:10 p.m., 28000 block Paula Street, Detroit Lakes, mail fraud attempt.

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