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Sentimental helmet among items stolen in bizarre Moorhead garage break-in

Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 6:17 PM CDT
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MOORHEAD, M.N. (Valley News Live) - A bizarre garage break-in has one Moorhead man scratching his head as he says the thieves ignored all of his valuable items and instead got away with the gas in his motorcycle, a sentimental helmet and sports trading cards.

“They dug through everything. They were looking for something,” Jason Pratt said.

Pratt says he knew something was off Wednesday night when he found one of his storage totes outside of his Moorhead apartment garage located in the 3500 block of 8th Ave. S. Meanwhile most of the items inside the garage were strewn all over.

“They could have taken the motorcycle! But they didn’t. They took the gas,” he said.

Yep, you read that right. Even though Pratt says the keys were in the ignition of his motorcycle, the thieves siphoned out the around $20 worth of gas in his tank and left the bike behind.

“I know inflation is bad, but is it that bad?” Pratt joked.

Pratt says on top of some riding gloves and hundreds of his son’s sport trading cards, the thieves also got away with something sentimental.

“The biggest thing was the helmet. I noticed the helmet was gone and that was very, very frustrating,” he said.

Pratt says the motorcycle helmet had a pink and blue sticker on each side both in memory and honor of his two stillborn daughters Mary Alice and Amelia.

“That’s pretty meaningful,” Pratt said.

Multiple people have since offered to create similar decals for Pratt, as well as give him a new helmet all free of charge.

“There’s always good that comes from bad situations like this. It restores your faith in humanity a bit,” Pratt said.

He says he’s since taken in his most valuable items from the garage and plans to set up a security camera, which he encourages other renters to do too.

“Do what you can to help yourself when something like this happens,” Pratt said.

Several neighbors tell us similar types of break-ins have also happened to them recently. Pratt says a report has been made with Moorhead Police.

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