March 5, 2009
Thieves target hand sanitizers
By Kari Petrie
WAITE PARK — They may be caught red-handed, but at least they’ll be clean.
Area police departments have received numerous reports of hand sanitizer thefts from outhouses, especially those at construction sites, Waite Park Police Chief Dave Bentrud said.
Bentrud said hand sanitizer can be dangerous if ingested and has lead to at least one recent hospitalization. Sanitizer contains alcohol and should be treated as a poison and kept out of the reach of children.
Police ask that hand sanitizer bags be kept secure.
If someone ingests hand sanitizers, contact poison control at 800-222-1222.