Cloquet Police still on lookout for stolen trailerCloquet Police have received very few tips regarding the theft of a 30-foot camping trailer from a Cloquet residence last Friday. Officers responded to the 600 block of Oak Street to speak with trailer co-owners Nicole Ames and Andy Biondich, who reported the theft of the camping trailer from their driveway.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Cloquet Police have received very few tips regarding the theft of a 30-foot camping trailer from a Cloquet residence last Friday. Officers responded to the 600 block of Oak Street to speak with trailer co-owners Nicole Ames and Andy Biondich, who reported the theft of the camping trailer from their driveway.
The camper is a 2007 Keystone Sprinter travel trailer in excellent condition and bearing the registration number Minnesota RT94067.
Ames reported last seeing the trailer in the driveway at about 11 p.m. on July 4. She stated in a later interview with the Pine Journal that they had not used the trailer that weekend, but had planned on using it three of the next four weekends.
“We are still shocked that it happened,” she said.
She verified that the trailer hitch had a master lock on it, and every door and compartment of the camper itself was double locked.
A neighbor who lives about a block away was letting his dogs out at around 5:15 a.m. the morning of the theft and later reported seeing a newer red Chevrolet crew-cab pickup truck hooking up to the trailer.
“He said since our truck was home he just figured we were lending it to someone,” Ames said. “Unfortunately, we were asleep and obviously knew nothing and heard nothing because our air conditioner was running in the bedroom.”
Hill said the department is still actively investigating the case. He said area campgrounds have been notified of the trailer’s description, and sites such as Craigslist are being monitored regularly in case the perpetrator is trying to make a quick sale. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has issued a crime alert about the theft to notify other agencies throughout the state.
Ames said she posted a message about the theft on Facebook, along with a photo of the trailer.
“The Facebook post that we shared right after the incident has been shared more than 1,400 times,” said Ames. “The support that people have shown and the comments sent are appreciated more than words can ever express.”
The public is asked to contact the Cloquet Police Department at 218-879-1247 if they have any information on the whereabouts of the camper and/or information about the person(s) responsible with the theft.
“Even if it’s something that is seemingly insignificant,” said Cloquet Deputy Police Chief Terry Hill, “we urge folks to call in and let us know so we can follow up on it.”