North St. Paul police warn residents to lock their vehicles

Numerous unlocked vehicles burglarized

North St. Paul has been experiencing burglaries of unlocked vehicles during the past few weeks. 

Around 6 a.m. on Aug. 22, the North St. Paul Police Department received a call that three men between 18 and 25 years old were rummaging through an unlocked vehicle near 9th Avenue and Ariel Street.

The owner of the vehicle followed the suspects as they drove away, but the suspects crashed into another vehicle near 17th Avenue and Charles Street before running away on foot. It was later determined that the vehicle they abandoned had been stolen from Minneapolis.

The Maplewood Police Department assisted with a K9 search, but the suspects were not found. A statement from North St. Paul police states it is believed that the suspects live in the area.

This has not been the only instance of burglarized vehicles. On Aug. 17, the North St. Paul Police Department released a crime alert via Facebook regarding thefts from several unlocked vehicles on the south end of North St. Paul. The alert states the common theme was keys left in the vehicle, and police warn area residents to lock their vehicles and take their keys with them.

 

— Aundrea Kinney


 

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