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November 20, 2003
They Don't Just Eat Donuts in Eagan

In Eagan, Minnesota, the police chief isn't a desk jockey, at least not full time:

A teenager who allegedly burglarized eight Eagan homes in less than three hours Tuesday didn't realize who was waiting for him when he headed for the street. ... Out of the unmarked squad stepped Eagan Police Chief Kent Therkelsen.

Therkelsen drew his gun and ordered the 16-year-old boy to the ground. The youth complied, going face down. Less than a minute later, officer Paul Maier pulled up to assist his boss.

Chief Therkelsen has an engaging sense of humor about the incident:

Therkelsen said he doesn't want to turn Tuesday's arrest into "the Kent show." He credits the hard work of his officers and the quick action of citizens. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time, he said. "My theory is this guy was looking for the oldest cop he could surrender to," he said, laughing.

Three cheers for the Chief, and someone buy that man a dozen Krispy Kremes, now!

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 20, 2003 8:02 AM

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