P.O. Box 429
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
The tire repair business is brisk in shops from St. James to Windom these days, but it’s not the kind of work these professionals relish.
An unsolved vandalism spree has led to dozens of tire patch jobs — mostly in St. James, but many at shops in Butterfield, Mt. Lake, Windom and points beyond. Nathen Lang of Don’s Tire in St. James reported seeing 77 patches over two days last week. Workers found 19 screws lodged in the tires of one semi truck.
“I wish it would quit,” Lang said. “I’m sorry to say, but I am sick of fixing the same thing all the time. It would be nice if we found out who was doing this.” Watonwan County Sheriff Gary Menssen said it is a tough case to solve, unless the public can supply leads and information. He is
offering a $500 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of a suspect.
As of early this week, Menssen said he had no leads in the case. The case developed a few weeks ago when Watonwan
County authorities started receiving calls about rampant tire damage from residents in the southwest section of the county. Most of the damage was caused by sheetrock screws — always black, always 1-1/2 inches in length.
“We talked to some neighbors and learned that it had been going on for quite some time,” said Deputy Jeremy Nachreiner.
“It sounds like there were some cases last spring, already.”
Some of the April cases were traced to the Hickory Inn road area, south of St. James.
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