School year brings end to some summer crime

KIMT News 3 – A rural, north Iowa party Thursday night is leaving many thankful for the start of another school year.

Police tell us they typically see a spike in crimes like vandalism and underage drinking during the summer months, and this party, just outside of Plymouth, proves that. Those on the scene tell us the teens had alcohol and explosives, and were trespassing on private property.

We are told the group was shooting off fireworks and disturbing the neighbors in the area, and one neighbor, Jody Roll says he even tried to warn the group about being quiet. Roll tells us that he was the one who initially called the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s office with a noise complaint, and says they were being so loud it, “sounded like they were standing underneath the bedroom window.”

Deputies with the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s office tell us that when they arrived on the scene, most of the kids either fled on foot or by car, crashing through a fence and causing a fair amount of damage to surrounding cornfields.

Sheriff’s Dep. Brent Schupanitz says calls like this are all too common during the summer months, and that once the school year rolls around, “there is more of a structured environment with football games, social functions and other school activities going on, makes things safer for the kids.”

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