A newsletter from the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department says a burglary suspect was hosed down before he was jailed, and the squad car that transported 29-year-old Matthew Bloomquist still smelled foul days later, after his pickup got stuck in a manure pile during the attempted theft of lumber from a homeowner’s shed.
Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says Bloomquist was standing on the side of the road, covered in manure from his waist to his toes when deputies arrived, casually smoking a cigarette.
Gudmunson said Bloomquist was caught when the farm owner noticed lumber and other items missing from his shed in Maine Prairie Township, and saw the pickup involved still on his farm, stuck in a manure pile. The farmer told investigators that he initially saw two men but one ran off.
Deputies say it appeared that Bloomquist and his accomplice spent hours trying to free the pickup from the poo pile but couldn’t.
In an interview, Bloomquist told deputies that his “friend” bought the lumber and that he was helping him.
Bloomquist was booked on burglary and possession of stolen property charges. Gudmundson said the trip to jail was made with the squad windows wide open.