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Grand Forks police say that alleged theft of van with child inside was not a random act

Grand Forks police officers confer along 10th St. S. after a stolen van with a 5 year old girl was located Wednesday afternoon. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks police said the possible theft of a van with a child inside Wednesday afternoon was not a random incident.

According to a news release, there is a person of interest who is a “prior domestic partner of the victim.”

Police have not yet found the person, according to Sgt. Travis Jacobson. He said he’s not sure the person, a man, would be charged.

Police spent several hours looking for a van with a 5-year-old girl in it. Someone had taken the van from the parking lot of the Hugo’s grocery store on South Washington Street. Within about an hour, the van and the girl were found separately in the south end. A medical examination determined she was not physically harmed.

Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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