Peninsula Township Deputy Virnell France corrals three masked bandits on Peninsula Drive | Cosette Simon Photo
Peninsula Township Deputy Virnell France corrals three masked bandits on Peninsula Drive | Cosette Simon Photo
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Earlier today, Old Mission Gazette field reporter Cosette Simon sent along a note about some hijinks involving masked bandits in the 9500 block of Peninsula Drive.

She says that a confused baby raccoon suddenly found itself in the middle of the road. As luck would have it, one of our community police officers, Deputy Virnell France, happened to be driving by at the time of the incident.

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Shortly thereafter, the raccoon’s two shady siblings joined the first one under France’s police cruiser.

Peninsula Township Deputy Virnell France corrals three masked bandits on Peninsula Drive | Cosette Simon Photo
Peninsula Township Deputy Virnell France assesses the situation involving three masked bandits on Peninsula Drive | Cosette Simon Photo

All three suspects were found guilty of evading a police officer. However, after assessing the situation, the consensus of all involved was to try and move them to a safer area rather than haul them down to the station for questioning.

“It took us 20 minutes and a pool noodle to get them off the road and into the woods behind our house,” says Simon.

Peninsula Township Deputy Virnell France corrals three masked bandits on Peninsula Drive | Cosette Simon Photo
Peninsula Township Deputy Virnell France deploys a pool noodle to help flush out the suspects | Cosette Simon Photo

The suspicious trio was corralled into a plastic bin and released into the woods.

Peninsula Township Deputy Virnell France corrals three masked bandits on Peninsula Drive | Cosette Simon Photo
Peninsula Township Deputy Virnell France corrals three masked bandits on Peninsula Drive | Cosette Simon Photo

Simon and other neighborhood residents hope the raccoons’ mother is close by and will retrieve them soon.

Also, it’s a good reminder for OMP residents to keep a sharp eye out for masked bandits and other wildlife roaming the roads out here, lest they end up in the next edition of Old Mission Gazette’s police blotter.

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