The Emmetsburg Police Department is asking for the public's assistance and offering a reward for information about an incident that occurred over the past weekend and caused damage to a downtown business.
According to Emmetsburg Police Chief Eric Hanson, a call to the Palo Alto County Communications Center at 10:56 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, reported a vehicle on fire in an alley.
The Emmetsburg Fire Department was immediately dispatched to the location of the vehicle, in the alley between the office of John Brown Law Office and the Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, between Main and Ninth Streets.
TOTAL?LOSS - This 1994 Ford F150 owned by the City of Emmetsburg was stolen on Sunday evening, Nov. 18, and later set ablaze while it was parked next to John Brown’s Law Office in an alley off Main Street. The truck was a total loss and the law offices also sustained fire damage. Police and the City of Emmetsburg are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible. -- Dan Voigt photo
Upon arrival of firefighters, the pickup fire was extinguished, along with the south exterior wall of the Brown law office, which had caught fire from the proximity to the burning pickup.
Officers of the Emmetsburg Police Department determined that the pickup was owned by the City of Emmetsburg, and was used by the golf course.
The 1994 Ford F150 pickup had been reported as stolen earlier that evening from the golf course by officials,
The pickup was declared a total loss after the fire, and an undetermined amount of damage wasa sustained by John Brown's Law Office.
"The City of Emmetsburg and the Emmetsburg Police Department are offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the criminal act of arson that was committed," noted Chief Hanson. "Anybody with any information on this incident is encouraged to call either the Emmetsburg City Hall at 712-852-4030 or the Emmetsburg Police Department at 712-852-2424. You do not need to give your name to give information."
While there were no injuries in the incident, the possibility of major loss of property was very real, according to authorities.
Authorities are also continuing their investigation into a series of fires that were set in garbage dumpsters at the end of October. Those fires occurred at businesses all located in the downtown area and took place during the early morning hours. The fires were discovered by police officers while on routine patrol.
Anyone with information into those fires is also asked to contact the Emmesburg Police Department