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City, county rely on grant to solve auto thefts

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A lone fingerprint, found on the underside of a toolbox, proved to be all Mike Mastin needed to arrest someone for stealing a truck.

The evidence left behind by the thief stands out as an example why the Bemidji Police Department and Beltrami County Sherriff's Office each dedicate a full-time officer to handle auto vehicle thefts.


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Steve Wagner
Grand Forks Herald Editor Steve Wagner can be reached at 701.780.1104 and Prior to joining the Herald, Wagner worked at the Bemidji (Minn.) Pioneer and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He also previously worked at newspapers in the Twin Cities and Iowa.
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