A rural Battle Lake resident came close to being a victim of a scam and losing $15,000 on Aug. 1.

A caller told the Otter Tail County resident to send $15,000 right away in order to get a grandson out of jail. 

Sheriff deputies said a wire transfer was made but that the rural Battle Lake resident’s bank was able to stop the transaction, saving the would-be victim the $15,000.

This was another attempt by scam artists who call potential victims, referred to by law enforcement as “the grandparent scam.”

County Sheriff Administrative Lt. Keith Van Dyke reminds senior citizens to beware of these scam attempts. Contact the sheriff office of you receive a phone call of this type. The county sheriff phone number is 218-998-8555.

Storage unit theft reported

A storage unit near Fergus Falls had a lock that was improperly installed. This resulted in the theft of several items, reported on Aug. 4.

Items missing include a DeWalt compressor, Milwaukee cordless drill set, cordless grinder and grill.

  The items had last been seen by the owner on July 4.zzΩ

Vehicle drive-off

A drive-off was reported Aug. 2 from a convenience store on Fort Thunder Road south of Perham. Unpaid gasoline amounted to $79.

K-9 assistance to Grant County

Mojo, a Dutch Shepherd, under the direction of Otter Tail County Sheriff Office Deputy Zach Eifert, assisted Grant County (Elbow Lake area) officials July 26 with narcotics and evidence detection.

Several narcotics items were located at 7:51 a.m. at an undisclosed location. A supplemental report by Otter Tail County will be forwarded to Grant County.