Computer thief has change of heart
It's not every day that a River Falls patrol officer is flagged down by a suspect wanting to turn himself in. But that's just what happened downtown after midnight Saturday. A 21-year-old Lakeland, Minn., man fessed up that he had swiped a laptop computer from the new Bubba's Fried Chicken on Main Street.
The man said he was an Ethiopian citizen and declared it was time to get his life in order and stop doing bad stuff.
With that, he led several officers to a row of dumpsters in the Walnut Street alley where a Sony VAIO notebook was found hidden underneath next to his black cap.
The computer was in working condition and returned to Bubba's. The Ethiopian man was released after being given a $240 fine.
Last week, River Falls police also:
See more in Police Beat, the July 29 print edition of the River Falls Journal.