Minneapolis police warn of break-in burglary spree in Phillips - KMSP-TV

Minneapolis police warn of break-in burglary spree in Phillips

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Police are warning residents in three of the city's four Phillips neighborhoods to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior and reinforce doors after at least a dozen break-in burglaries were reported in January.

Officials say 12 similar home burglaries were reported between Jan. 4 and Jan. 27 in Midtown Phillips, East Phillips and Ventura Village. So far, none have been reported in Phillips West.

Police say most of the burglaries took place during the day while the victims were not home, with the culprits often breaking in through the rear of the home. In eight of the burglaries, doors were kicked in.

According to a crime alert issued by the Minneapolis Police Department, the timeline and locations of the burglaries is as follows:

  • Jan. 4 in the 2100 block of E. 22nd St.
  • Jan. 7 in the 1200 block of E. 24th St.
  • Jan. 8 in the 2000 block of Elliot Ave.
  • Jan. 10 in the 2600 block of 13th Ave. S.
  • Jan. 10 in the 2100 block of Bloomington Ave.
  • Jan. 12 in the 900 block of E. 19th St.
  • Jan. 14 in the 2400 block of S. 13th Ave.
  • Jan. 18 in the 2500 block of S. 14th Ave.
  • Jan. 18 in the 2700 block of S. 18th Ave.
  • Jan. 24 in the 2600 block of S. 13th Ave.
  • Jan. 26 in the 2400 block of S. 18th Ave.
  • Jan. 27 in the 2400 block of S. 15th Ave..

Stolen items included electronics, laptops, tools and other items, but police say they do not have enough suspect information to identify a specific culprit at this time.

Police recommend creating an active block club to keep an eye out for suspicious activity, and have offered to assist in helping the community organize.

Residents are urged to keep an eye out for the following behavior:

  • Strangers knocking on doors to see if someone is home and then attempting rear or side entry if no one answers
  • Unfamiliar vehicles cruising down alleys
  • Occupied vehicles parked on a block with unfamiliar people inside
  • People cutting through yards
  • People peering into windows
  • People removing items from a neighbor's home

Officers say residents can protect themselves by reinforcing doors, locks, jams and other locking hardware. Police can provide a complimentary home security evaluation and give recommendations.

Anyone who believes their home may have been broken into is urged to call 911 immediately and avoid going inside until officers arrive.

Anyone seeking more information can contact Crime Prevention Specialist Don Greely at 612-673-3482 or send him an e-mail.

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