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Police report preview - Oct. 6 to Oct. 12

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news Hastings, 55033
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

• A cell phone was reportedly stolen from an office safe at the Hastings Middle School.

A student's phone was taken away during class. The phone was put in an unlocked safe and it disappeared.

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The phone was tracked by GPS to an address on Malcolm Avenue. The homeowner had a son at the middle school. When questioned he turned over the phone. He said he got the phone from a friend at the end of the school day.

The phone was returned to its rightful owner.

• A runaway was reported at 11:06 p.m. in the 500 block of Fifth Street. At 12:10 a.m., the woman reported the juvenile returned home, then fled again.

The juvenile was cited for a curfew violation.

Officers later learned the boy was staying in a wooded area near Westview Drive and South Frontage Road. They found him there.

A blanket, jacket, fire pit, cigarette butts, pop bottles and a mattress were found in the area with the boy. The matter was referred to social services and the boy's probation officer.

• A shoplifter was confronted and left a store in the 200 block of 33rd Street at 4:17 p.m.

A license plate and a description was given to officers.

Officers met with store managers, who said the man put a bottle of Worcestershire sauce in his pocket and left without paying.

The man paid for bananas and lettuce but not the Worcestershire sauce, valued at $3.77.

Officers responded to the thief's address. The matter is still under investigation.

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