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Bemidji Police Department Officers Matthew Bahl and Eric Rypkema recently received awards from the Anti-Vehicle Crime Association of Minnesota for their diligent work on an automobile theft case. From left are Auto Theft Investigator Jaeger Bellows; Rypkema; Sgt. David Hanson; Bahl; and Chief Gerald Johnson. Submitted Photo

Local police officers earn awards from AVCAM

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On April 29, Bemidji Police Department officers Matthew Bahl and Eric Rypkema were presented with awards for their work on an automobile theft which occurred in February.

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The awards were sent from the Anti-Vehicle Crime Association of Minnesota (AVCAM) to recognize the officers for successfully arresting an adult male for stealing a car from a residence in Bemidji. The car and suspect were located within minutes of the owner reporting the theft and an interview of the suspect revealed that he had intended on keeping the car for an undetermined length of time.

The vehicle was returned quickly to its owner and the suspect was taken into custody without incident or danger to the public.

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