An incident in Graettinger on Tuesday afternoon is prompting the Palo Alto County Sheriff's office to ask for the public's assistance.
According to Sheriff Dennis Goeders, a report of a stolen pickup from the Pro Cooperative in Graettinger was received on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Upon investigation by Deputy Ted Foxhoven, the pickup, which was taken during the overnight hours, was located in the old city dump in Graettinger.
In the course of the investigation, Deputy Foxhoven observed a male subject by the pickup who walked to the rear of the truck, threw a small propane torch by the vehicle and walked away.
Foxhoven called out to the male, who began running towards a wooded area. A foot pursuit ensued but the subject was lost in the wooded area.
The subject was described as wearing blue jeans, a navy blue sweatshirt, a dark ball cap and sunglasses and was last seen headed west from the wooded area.
Palo Alto County Sheriffs Deputy Eric Ring and K9 Rakker arrived at the scene and tracked the individual for nearly a mile before the trail was lost on the railroad tracks.
Sheriff Goeders is asking anyone who may have seen an individua resembling the description, or anyone with any information on the theft of the pickup truck or the person or persons involved to contact the Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office at 712-852-3535.
Your identity is not required to give information this incident or any other crime.