Burglars Strike 11 times in 3 days in 4 neighborhoods July 20, 2013
Eleven burglaries have been reported in the last three days in Sector 3 of the 3rd Precinct, with 5 in Morris Park, three in Page, two in Keewaydin, and one in Diamond Lake. Both homes and garages were targeted.
Forced entries included a brick being thrown through the window of the back door in one home burglary. In others, the rear doors were kicked or doors pried. One unlocked car parked outside a garage contained an automatic door opener which may have been used to open the garage. Items also were taken from an unlocked vehicle inside another unlocked garage.
Stolen items included jewelry, seven bikes, and other items. Loss is still being determined in some incidents.
Possible suspects were seen only in only one incident: a witness walking his dog early in the morning saw some bikes lying in an alley, and a white male and a black male, both 15 to 17 years of age, running down the alley.
Here is a summary of the incidents:
Location Address Crime Date/Time Entry Loss
Page 54xx Columbus home burglary 7/18 7:35am-3:15pm back door kicked in Laptop
Diamond LK 55xx 15 Av S home burglary 7/18 2pm (occupied) door window Investigation.
Page 51xx Luverne garage burglary 7/18 10pm-71m door opener 3 bikes
Keewaydin 32xx Wenonah Pl garage burglary 7/18 6:30pm-6am pry mark on door None
Page 50xx Oakland home burglary 7/19 9am-6:20pm back door forced Jewelry
Keewaydin 49xx Nokomis home burglary 7/19 8am-5:35pm rear door forced Unknown
Morris Park 56xx 41 Av S garage burglary 7/18 8pm-8am unlocked door None
Morris Park 55xx 41 AV S garage burglary 7/20 2:15am-2:30am garage open bikes
Morris Park 55xx 37 Av S garage burglary 7/20 before 6:30am service door pried Bike, etc.
Morris Park 55xx 40 Av S garage burglary 7/20 no details yet
Morris Park 55xx 40 AV S garage burglary 7/20 no details yet
What you can do: Pull a neighborhood watch force together. Block leader training is 6:30pm Thursday, Aug. 14, at the 3rd Precinct, 3000 Minnehaha Av S. Please call 612-673-2839 for information. RSVP appreciated.
Call 911 if you see or hear suspicious behavior such as:
• A person going door to door in a residential area, especially if one or more persons go to the rear of the home. (Often they are looking for “soft spots” in your security or want to find out if anyone is at home.)
• The sound of breaking glass or other loud noises late at night.
• A stranger walking through yards between houses.
• Someone forcing entrance into your neighbor’s house when it is unoccupied,
• Persons running, especially if they are carrying something of value.
• Youths out after curfew.
To request a free home security audit, call Sue Roethele at the 3rd Pct., 612-673-2839.