Merrill Police Department reports
10:56 a.m.- A male was arrested for a probation violation at the request of Probation & Parole.
11:49 a.m.- A store reported a female attempted to shoplift from their store. She put the items back after being confronted by employees. The female was located at a nearby business and was cited for retail theft.
2:03 p.m.- A store called after observing a male place a sandwich down his pants and leave the store without paying for it. An officer recognized the man from previous contacts and will attempt to locate him.
4:01 p.m.- A caller reported someone stole a bird feeder from his lawn sometime overnight.
9:05 p.m.- A store called to report a male and female had stolen some electronics. They were confronted by loss prevention staff but refused to stay on scene. They left in a vehicle. An officer happened to be nearby and located the vehicle. The two denied the allegations and offered to allow the officer to search the vehicle for the stolen items. One was found to be drinking in violation of her probation rules. Another officer spoke with loss prevention and both a male and the female were arrested for retail theft, both were also on probation and they were arrested for probation violations. The stolen merchandise was located nearby. It was found they had thrown the items out of the window as the officer was turning around to conduct the traffic stop. The male was also caught shoplifting a sandwich from a different store earlier in the day.
Two juveniles were contacted after Family Dollar store employees caught them attempting to steal makeup items. They were spoken to and released to their parents.
8:50 a.m.- A male was arrested for a probation violation at the request of Probation & Parole.
10:13 a.m.- A citizen found a used syringe in their yard. It was turned over to an officer and destroyed.
1:13 p.m.- A 15-year-old student was cited for truancy for skipping classes.
1:21 p.m.- A store called to report two females were in the store stealing merchandise. They were confronted by loss prevention. Both were cited for shoplifting.
2:13 p.m.- A crash was reported on East Main Street at Memorial Drive. A vehicle had been westbound on East Main Street and a vehicle pulled off of Memorial Drive. in front of the westbound vehicle causing the crash. The offending driver stated she thought she saw the other driver put the signal light on to make a right turn so she proceeded. Other witnesses stated the signal light had not been on. The driver was cited for failure to yield right of way from a stop sign and a crash report was completed.
5:26 p.m.- A man reported someone stole his bicycle from his yard sometime overnight.
10:12 a.m.- A caller reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle and garage sometime overnight. Nothing was reported missing.
10:16 a.m.- A caller reported sometime overnight someone entered her unlocked vehicle and set it on fire.
2:05 p.m.- A caller reported sometime overnight someone entered his unlocked garage and two unlocked vehicles and stole money from one.
2:12 p.m.- A caller reported sometime overnight someone entered her unlocked vehicle and stole money from a wallet inside.
2:30 p.m.- A caller reported sometime overnight someone entered his unlocked vehicle. Nothing was reported to be missing.
2:39 p.m.- A caller reported sometime overnight someone entered his unlocked vehicle. Nothing was reported missing.
4:01 p.m.- A caller reported sometime overnight someone entered her unlocked vehicle and stole several packs of cigarettes.
6:25 p.m.- A caller reported sometime overnight someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole money from inside.
You may notice that the string of vehicle and residential entries have one key fact in common. All of these were left unlocked by the owner. While the criminal act is completely the responsibility of the criminal, we encourage everyone to secure their vehicles and homes for crime prevention. Let’s not give a criminal another opportunity. -MPD
8:24 p.m.- A store reported confronting a female who was observed stealing merchandise. The female didn’t remain on scene and officers were provided a registration plate number. The officer noted that the vehicle owner and photo of the suspect matched. Phone contact was made with her and she denied the allegations. Further follow-up will be conducted and the female will be charged with retail theft.
9:19 p.m.- A staff member at the library reported a group of three youths had been outside and one of them broke a light. They left on bicycles. The officer was unable to locate the youths.
9:48 p.m.- Officer responded to a residence after they obtained information that a male was at the residence who had a warrant for his arrest. An officer observed a male he suspected to be the man in question seated on a couch who left to a different room upon learning officers were at the door. The man was found not to be the person in question but also had warrants for his arrest through Oneida County. He turned himself over to officers. The person in question allegedly left minutes prior to officers’ arrival. Phone contact was made and he agreed to turn himself in but he did not show up.
10:48 p.m.- A caller reported his dog had gotten ahold of a fishing lure while he was shopping. He was requesting assistance as he didn’t know what to do. An officer was able to remove the lure with a wire cutter but was unable to remove the hook portion from the puppy’s mouth. The man was directed to an emergency vet for further assistance and medical care for the puppy.
7:18 a.m.- A caller reported someone drove through a portion of his lawn. No damage was reported.
4:23 p.m.- Officers responded to a report of a physical domestic altercation. The caller reported her brother had placed his hand around her neck affecting her breathing. He was also found to have a warrant for his arrest through the Department of Corrections. He was located hiding under a bed in the residence. He denied a physical altercation took place. The caller had injury consistent with her allegations. The brother was arrested for strangulation/suffocation, domestic disorderly conduct and the warrant.
6:11 p.m.- A caller reported a male at a residence that had a warrant for his arrest. Officers located the man and he was arrested for the Lincoln County warrant.
6:53 p.m.- A caller reported a burglary to his garage. He reported two four wheelers were stolen from the driveway as well as tools from the garage. The suspect(s) also tipped over a motorcycle causing damage to it. Investigation continues.
7:03 p.m.- A caller reported her ex-husband had left a threatening and vulgar voice message. The officer listened to the message in which the ex-husband threatened to kill her and her new husband as well as other vulgarities. Officers went to the ex-husband’s residence and found him highly intoxicated. He admitted to leaving the threatening message. He was arrested for unlawful use of a telephone.