Tuesday, February 18, 2014
THIS TAKES THE CAKE! February 17, 2014
At first glance, all seemed well and Librarian Meredith Vaselaar was hoping that the Library had been spared from a visit by unknown person(s) over the long holiday weekend. When the librarian walked in, the carpet was free of debris. The castle slide appeared undisturbed. “Ah,” thought the librarian with relief, “perhaps they have grown tired of their antics!” Unfortunately, this was not the case.
The library reading table was a mess! Clearly, a party had taken place over the weekend, with crumbled cake littering the table top as well and smeared on books. A broken, twisted cake candle was found amidst the mess, which also included four forks. Chief of Police Shawn Langseth arrived quickly at the scene after receiving a frantic call from the Librarian.
Chief Langseth went straight to work, examining the crime scene with keen eyes. It seemed that the perpetrator(s) had been sloppy this time. A partial footprint was found at the library. This time, however, the perpetrators left behind what could be bigger clues. “The number of forks – four – could give us an idea as to how many criminals are involved in these incidents,” says Langseth, “and with the forks comes a potential break in the case.” The Chief carefully placed each fork in a bag marked “DNA.” It is hoped that enough saliva was left on the forks so that the BCA can create a genetic profile of the perpetrator(s). The process can take a few weeks to be completed.
Unfortunately, the secret hidden cameras have not yet arrived, so the perpetrator(s) continue their crime spree unseen. The long holiday weekend caused a further delay, but it is hoped to have everything in place by the end of this week. In the meantime, members of the library staff are assisting Chief Langseth by asking library patrons to report anything suspicious they may have heard on the streets of their communities.