Minot police arrested and jailed 34 people over a busy couple of days this past weekend. The arrests involved 61 charges, an unusually high number despite a normal weekend in terms of the volume of calls received at Central Dispatch, according to the police department.
In addition, a number of suspects are being sought in at least four break-ins or attempted break-ins of Minot businesses.
A burglary was reported at Mi Mexico at 301-40th Ave. SW at 9:33 a.m. Sunday. Police determined that a forced entry was made and that $3,000 was missing. At 10:04 a.m. Sunday, Minot Police received a similar burglary call from China Star Restaurant at 1631 South Broadway. No other information was available.
Another burglary call was received by police at 11:14 a.m. Sunday. A caller reported someone broke into his storage unit on the back side of Bloms Meat Locker at 110 E. Central Ave. Investigation revealed signs of an unsuccessful forced entry.
Minot Police received a fourth burglary call at 12:50 p.m. Sunday. Police responded to Enerbase at 215 E. Central Ave. and discovered the ATM at the Cenex was broken into the previous evening.
Police reported an undetermined, substantial amount of cash was taken in each of the three burglaries where entry was gained. A pair of deer-skinned gloves was taken from one of the businesses and was used during that burglary.
Police ask that anyone with information on any of these crimes contact the department at 852-0111.
Mall bomb threat
Minot Central Dispatch also received a report of an explosive device at Dakota Square Mall shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday. An investigation determined the report was false, and there was no evacuation of the mall.
Patrick Cleveland, 52, Minot, was arrested for terrorizing, a class C felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine. He is being held in the Ward County Jail.
According to Minot Police, Cleveland's arrest had nothing to do with a bomb threat received at the mall just before Christmas.
Glen Gillstrap, 47, Mohall, and Harley Osterlund, 38, Fort Collins, Colo., were arrested in connection with a residential break-in Saturday by the Renville County Sheriff's Department in a joint effort with Minot Police and the Ward County Sheriff's Department. A third man, Richard Foley, 43, Mohall, remains at large.
The trio allegedly were involved in a break-in of a Minot residence on First Street Southeast at 2 p.m. Saturday. Central Dispatch had received a 911 call from a 14-year-old girl who reported strange males broke into her home and were assaulting her and her mother. When police arrived, the suspects were gone.
An investigation at the scene uncovered the identity of the suspects, leading to the arrests in Renville County.
Gillstrap and Osterlund are being held at the Ward County Jail on charges of criminal conspiracy to commit burglary. Foley, is being sought for felonious restraint and terrorizing. He is described as about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 195 pounds, with brown and grey hair and blue eyes. He also goes by the alias Todd. Anyone with information on Foley's whereabouts is asked to contact the Minot Police Department.
Missing person returns
A man reported to police as missing last Thursday was located over the weekend. According to a report issued by Minot Police, Reid Plesuk, 29, Minot, returned to his Minot residence Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, Minot police are seeking a 37-year-old Minot man described as a "person of interest" in a hit and run, injury accident that occurred in the 1300 Block of South Main Street shortly after 10 p.m. Friday.
Upon responding to the scene, a male subject was found lying on the ground outside of the passenger side of the striking vehicle. The subject sustained serious injury and was transported to Trinity Hospital. The driver of the striking vehicle had fled the scene.
Minot police responded to a report of a fight in progress involving a gun at the Sports On Tap Bar at 12:04 a.m. Sunday. Investigation revealed that during escalation of the fight, a firearm was brandished. Minot Police seized a loaded handgun at the scene.
Arrested and charged with terrorizing were Marvin Weatherspoon, 26, and Allen Epps, 27, both Minot. They are being housed in the Ward County Jail.