Busted Paper: Minn. mugshots for the world to see

1:05 PM, Feb 7, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The days of large paper stands and long magazine racks at grocery stores, convenience stores and gas stations may be numbered, but there is one publication that is hitting the racks these days, only to quickly leave be snatched up by eager readers.

"You want to see who's in there," smiled Lori Ross. "If you know the person that's in there, we want to see the next edition to see who we know in there, it's kind of naughty, but..."

But, it's that sort of curiosity that currently separates Busted Paper from many other publications.

It took us nearly a dozen stops before we finally found a copy at Bobby and Steve's in Columbia Heights.

For $1 you get about 10 pages worth of booking photos. The mugshots are from Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin and Stearns counties.

Booking photos are considered part of the public record and anyone can request the name of a person, find out what crime they're accused of and, technically, do what they want with the booking photo and other information.

Ethically, now that's another story, booking photos only mean somebody has been arrested not necessarily charged with a crime.

Busted is published by Semi Valley Sound LLC and the company said it only compiles information from public records for public consumption, which there appears to be plenty of, while one Bobby and Steve's was out of stock, the other only had a couple left.

"We can find it online for free, however people pay a dollar for it every day," said Ross.

Busted Paper is a nationwide publication, taking mugshots from all over the country and assembling them in local markets all over the United States.

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