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12/13/2012 11:02:00 AM
Sjoblom honored by CFPD for help

by Ken Haggerty

Jay Sjoblom had heard there had been some burglaries in Cannon Falls near his home on the West Side earlier this year and his alert and quick actions helped catch the burglars.

Sjoblom is a tow truck operator for Siewert's and has a brother on the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office so he gets around quite a bit and interacts with law enforcement frequently, and has a pretty good idea what constitutes suspicious behavior.

After midnight on July 30, 2012, Sjoblom noticed a van driving in the 800 block of Mill Street West with its lights off. He became more suspicious when the vehicle parked and some people exited and started walking around the dark neighborhood.

Sjoblom called the Cannon Falls Police, but before they could respond, the people got spooked. They later would say because of Sjoblom's presence they got back in the vehicle and left the area.

Sjoblom followed them in his tow truck, keeping them in sight as they headed quickly northbound on Hwy. 52. Sjoblom was trying to get close enough to get a license plate. Sjoblom alerted the CFPD via cell phone as to the suspects' location as it left Hwy. 52 and headed east on Hwy. 50.

CFPD Officer Nick Sather caught up to Sjoblom and then the suspicious vehicle on Hwy. 50 near New Trier. When Sather turned on his lights and siren, the suspects vehicle accelerated and then headed south on Hogan Avenue out of New Trier.

Speeds reached over 90 mph before the vehicle pulled over near 260th Street. Sather held the two suspects at gunpoint until other officers arrived.

During the subsequent investigation, the suspects (not from Cannon Falls) were linked to several burglaries in the Cannon Falls/southern Dakota County area. Some evidence was even in the vehicle.

"If it had not been for the actions of Jay Sjoblom, it is very unlikely Officer Sather would have found the vehicle and connected the suspects to the burglaries," said Cannon Falls Police Chief Jeff McCormick.

McCormick presented Sjoblom with a Citizen Recognition Award at the CF City Council meeting on December 4. This is the first time McCormick has done this, but he said he hopes to recognize more of those who provide assistance in the future.

Sjoblom is a Cannon Falls High School graduate and he grew up in the Spring Garden area. He was recently elected to the CF City Council.

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