Grand Rapids Police Department News Release
(GRAND RAPIDS, MN) Grand Rapids Police announced late Monday that an arrest has been made in the vandalism to numerous vehicles at Grand Rapids GM that occurred on April 16th. The suspect, yet to be charged, scratched the paint on twelve new vehicles parked in the lot. Damage is estimated at over $25,000.
According to Grand Rapids Police Investigator Brian Mattson, “We worked very hard to solve this case. The break came over the weekend after many people saw the video posted on social media. We received a number of tips as to who the individual is that was seen damaging these vehicles.” Monday afternoon, investigators questioned a 62 year old Grand Rapids man in connection with the vandalism.
“After confronting him with portions of the video, the man confessed to this act of vandalism” said Investigator Kevin Ott. A search warrant was obtained and clothing he wore during the vandalism was found.
“We very much want to thank the public for all their assistance” said Grand Rapids Assistant Police Chief Steve Schaar. “Without the public’s help we probably wouldn’t have been able to identify the perpetrator.”
The man believed to be responsible for these crimes is now in the Itasca County Jail awaiting charging by County Attorney Jack Muhar.