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String of petty thefts plagues Long Prairie River

As summer comes, people in the community can hardly wait to throw on their swimsuits, grab a cooler full of frosty beverages, and head to the nearest body of water. Without surprise, floating down the county’s natural lazy river, Long Prairie River, is a favorite summer pastime loved by many.

What is usually a relaxing activity for a warm, sunny day, though, has started to bring on uninvited headaches.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, there has been an increase in petty thefts and nuisance-minor property damage done to vehicles and other property in and around the city of Carlos over the past several weeks, including the Long Prairie River access points. Chief Deputy Brad Lake acknowledged that at least one break- in had been both reported and confirmed along the river accesses, but that there is a possibility that others have not been calling in and reporting similar incidents.

The Long Prairie River from Lake Carlos to the Miltona Carlos Road has been a popular recreational spot for the past several years. In the spirit of small town Minnesota, many participants in the floating and swimming activities leave their unwatched vehicles at different access points to retrieve once their day of fun is concluded.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens to remove valuables from their vehicles prior to visiting the river and to keep their vehicle doors locked if parked near this part of the river.

If you are on or near the access points to the river and see anything damaged, taken, or other suspicious activity, report it to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 762-8151.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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