Bismarck woman suspected of burglarizing Grand Forks Girl Scouts building

Elsabeth Burns, 31, of Bismarck, was found lying beside South Columbia Road with minor injuries on her arms and feet early Thursday morning, April 29. Police suspect she could be responsible for significant damage to the nearby Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons building.

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A Bismarck woman is suspected of breaking into the Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons building on DeMers Avenue in Grand Forks Wednesday, April 29.

According to a release from the Grand Forks Police Department, officers were on patrol at about 12:30 a.m. when they located an unclothed woman lying just off the roadway on the 900 block of South Columbia Road with minor injuries on her arms and feet.

Altru paramedics responded to the scene and took the woman, later identified as Elsabeth Burns, 31, to the emergency room for evaluation, police say.

During a canvas of the area, officers found a recent break-in at the Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons building at 2525 DeMers Ave., including significant damage to the front foyer of the Girl Scouts area of the building, according to police. Two other businesses, Heartland Chiropractic Clinic and Refrigeration and Heating Inc., also share space in the building, but appeared unharmed, the release states.

During the course of the investigation, police say Burns was identified as a suspect in the burglary. She was treated and released from Altru Hospital and was placed under arrest for burglary and criminal mischief.

Hannah Shirley covers crime, courts and criminal justice for the Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of Idaho and has lived and worked in Grand Forks since 2019. Prior to moving to North Dakota, she worked as a reporter for the Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass., a receptionist for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho, and a barista in a New York City coffee shop. She can be reached by phone at (701) 780-1267 or by email at
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