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Have you ever gotten pulled over for looking suspicious?
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commander & chief
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have had quite a few encounters with LEO's and to date only one was somewhat "uncomfortable". We were doing a bit of night Caching looking for one of the Harry Potter Series Caches in Rochester near the prison (yes you probably know the one). While trying to dodge below the berm everytime the patrol car went past and still search the pine tree for the Cache, I must have mis-timed a duck and got nailed! My best Geocaching 101 had no effect what so ever on this very humorless patrolman. Rolling Eyes Needless to say, we had to come back during the day and make the quick find. Best experience was when a patrolman actually helped look for the Cache! Laughing
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Draconisdax
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

commander & chief wrote:
Have had quite a few encounters with LEO's and to date only one was somewhat "uncomfortable". We were doing a bit of night Caching looking for one of the Harry Potter Series Caches in Rochester near the prison (yes you probably know the one). While trying to dodge below the berm everytime the patrol car went past and still search the pine tree for the Cache, I must have mis-timed a duck and got nailed! My best Geocaching 101 had no effect what so ever on this very humorless patrolman. Rolling Eyes Needless to say, we had to come back during the day and make the quick find. Best experience was when a patrolman actually helped look for the Cache! Laughing


Yep, I know that one...make you wonder what they think of all the soccer, football, baseball and softball hooligans in that park... lol
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Rustynails
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pfalstad wrote:
Yep, see my log here: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=42e85bf0-72da-48a5-99a6-9d5d13724dc0


Was it the Edina cops?

I had a visit with the Edina police. As I was coming out of the woods I see two Edina cop cars checking out my car. They asked me what I was doing in the woods, I said geocaching. They knew what it was and asked if I saw anyone with a gun in the woods. They said they got a call that someone was shooting a gun in the woods. I said I heard a noise but I thought it was fireworks and saw no one. They said thanks and I was on my way to the next cache.

In Chaska Sharknose and I got checked out by the police. We had to explain geocaching to this one.
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pfalstad
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rustynails wrote:
pfalstad wrote:
Yep, see my log here: http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=42e85bf0-72da-48a5-99a6-9d5d13724dc0

Was it the Edina cops?

Bloomington.. Don't remember talking to Edina cops, though I've run into Bloomington's finest at least twice.
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Father-of-five
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aitkin PD once... Positive experience.

And Bloomington PD once - although, as one of their dispatchers it was not too difficult to "talk my way out" of that one! Wink
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casinoman
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only once at that was a long time ago.
I and a few other FTF hounds were looking in a Pine Tree in Lakeville when the LPD pulls up and asked us what we were doing. Lucky thing the collector new the guy. So he pulled the car over faceing the tree and put every light he had on the car on the tree. It was still a DNF that night but I did go back the next day and find it. But you got to love it when the PD helps.
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X51hz
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yep only it was secret service and nothing positive came from it, they have no sense of humor. Never did find the cache I was going after , just turned around and went home.
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stopped by the Maryland State Police once as I was walking out of the woods with my (then) nine year old daughter. Someone thought I was doing something nefarious.
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tonkaMN
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

X51hz wrote:
yep only it was secret service and nothing positive came from it, they have no sense of humor. Never did find the cache I was going after , just turned around and went home.


Yes, that is the one branch of law enforcement that I would try to avoid at all costs. I know a current and a former secret service agent and they really don't have a sense of humor when it comes to doing their job.
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swfan
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
Stopped by the Maryland State Police once as I was walking out of the woods with my (then) nine year old daughter. Someone thought I was doing something nefarious.


I had a the same happen to me, right in Burnsville.
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timewellspent
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

swfan wrote:
bflentje wrote:
Stopped by the Maryland State Police once as I was walking out of the woods with my (then) nine year old daughter. Someone thought I was doing something nefarious.


I had a the same happen to me, right in Burnsville.


What was the Maryland State Police doing in Burnsville? Wink
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pattenclan
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would normally say "sadly, yes"...but since I am not the ONLY one who has had this problem, I am cool with saying..."YEP!!"


It happened one lovely evening...while trying to be FTF, I forgot the little thing called "park hours". Hubby doesn't make it back from work till close to 11, so we figured out who was going for which cache, and off I went. As I pulled into the parking area around GZ, I noticed the sign..figured I was there, would make the find, and then boogie out. I realized I needed a flashlight (didn't have that app on my phone yet), so I used the light from my phone, while looking up the cache to see if there were any FTFs I didn't know about. Sure enough, there was one...so I got back into my car, took the GPS off my neck, keys in the ignition buckled up...just in time to look up and see one of Albert Lea's finest coming in behind me. He asked me what I was doing, and I held up the GPS and told him I was on a quest for First to Find. He gave me a look like I had lost it, asked me why, and I told him I was Geocaching. I then explained it, as he had the bewildered look on his face. He then informed me the park closed at 10:30 (it was 11:45), and wished me a good night. He shook his head as he drove off. Not one week later, I heard a call come across the scanner of a couple of older guys busy looking around a local business, and then the officer came back on saying everything was ok, as they were just geocaching, and he had to help them find their GZ.


Then there was the time we were caching in Rochester..in front of a Sheriff deputy...who just watched....and averted his eyes once my husband made the grab....gotta love officers like that Laughing
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Red_Devil35
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, but in Ohio I did have a sheriff's deputy ask me if OtherHalf and I had found the cache we had just left, as he had been unable to find it!
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team_geomonkey
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read this log and got a smile out of it. wasn't sure if I should post here or under Log of the Day thread. lol.
http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=983113a4-5715-410c-81b5-75eb7a8bb99e
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KRedEP
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had probably close to ten encounters with law enforcement while geocaching and this is one of the more memorable ones. http://www.geocaching.com/seek/log.aspx?LUID=86bf241f-24cd-433c-a58e-8e92b0f18450 It was on the narrow pedestrian bridge crossing 212 in Chanhassen right next to the new High School. Not enough room on the bridge for both me an the car. I couldn't give away the location then without giving away the puzzle. Seeing that fast car coming toward me in the dark with only one direction to go made me turn and run. It turned out well as all of my encounters have.
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