According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint Hastings police officers responded to a business on three different occasions due to a variety of wires being cut there including Internet, heated rain gutters, and phone. Footprints were found in the area and eventually a suspect was located who later admitted to the crime.
From the complaint:
On January 4, 2013, officers were dispatched to a business in the City of Hastings, Dakota County, Minnesota; on a report of a 911 disconnect call.
On arrival, an officer spoke to the victim who said that someone cut the internet wires outside of his business. The victim stated that the wire was cut while he was on the phone to dispatch, and the phone line went dead. An officer looked in the area of the wires and observed a fresh set of footprints in the snow that went from the cut internet wires, to the Southwest corner of the building. The footprints stopped at a telephone pole located at the Southwest corner of the building. At the telephone pole, the officer observed a cut black telephone wire.
Shortly after the police were called to the business on January 4, 2013, the cable company arrived at the business to fix the cut wire. While they were doing repair work, the repairmen observed a male in a nearby parking lot who was watching them. The officer approached the male and identified him as Raymond Norbert Bischoff, date of birth: 5/18/1947. The officer observed Bischoff’s footprints in the snow, which matched the footprints found near the damaged wires.
Bischoff was read his Miranda rights and agreed to speak to the officer. Bischoff admitted to cutting the wires, and admitted that he had cut the wires on a previous occasion as well. Bischoff stated that it was possible that he cut the wires a total of three times. Bischoff stated that he used a small blade to cut the wires. Bischoff stated that he is staying at a nearby hotel and is having trouble with pressure on his brain, which he contributes to the wires.
Do you think the man was standing nearby to lie in wait until the cords were reenabled and then go back and cut them again? Do you think he may have wanted to get caught to help with the pressure on his brain? Is it simply because he lives in Hastings that he has pressure on his brain? ;) For someone with apparent mental health issues living in a motel, do you think he’ll actually ever be able to repay the $1000+? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.