Juveniles cited for tampering with cars Sunday morning

Caught following reports from western FL neighborhood

Clint Riese
News Editor

A flurry of phone tips led to a foot chase and citations for a group of local juveniles early Sunday morning.

Forest Lake Police Department received calls late Saturday evening reporting damage to property along Cameo Court and Lilac Way, in a neighborhood located just west of Everton Avenue.

Working off those reports, police caught five juveniles tampering with motor vehicles around 5 a.m. on Sunday in the 22500 block of Evergreen Circle.

“They were looking for open cars,” said Capt. Greg Weiss.

The youth fled on foot. One was apprehended after leading an officer into Mud Lake. The others were later caught back in the original neighborhood. Two were from Forest Lake, two from Scandia and one from Columbus. All were cited for tampering and turned over to their parents.

Another incident involving a juvenile led to an even larger search on Nov. 30. Police were notified at 8:45 p.m. on that Friday of a 16-year-old male who left his residence after making suicidal statements. He was not dressed for the cold.

A FLPD canine unit, Forest Lake Fire and Rescue, and a State Patrol helicopter searched overnight near the intersection of 202nd Street North and Jeffrey Avenue, which is south of Highway 97 and Third Lake.

“We used every resource to find him on our end,” said FLPD Sgt. Mark Richert.

The boy returned home at 4 a.m. the morning after he left. He was unharmed.