Random, Repeated Break-ins in St. Cloud Prompt Concern and Crime Alert

Updated: 07/15/2014 5:52 AM
Created: 07/14/2014 9:22 PM
By: Beth McDonough

There's an unsettling crime alert out of St. Cloud.

Imagine being at home sleeping when you hear someone breaking in.  It's a pretty scary thought, and it's happened over and over.

It happened to the Navarro family who live on Third Street in the Granite City.

"It was scary because anything could have happened," Jessica Navarro said.  She startled strangers trying to pry their way into her family's home in the dead of night while everyone else was asleep.

St. Cloud Police said the attempted burglary was random and happened repeatedly overnight when people were home. Four homes on one block alone were targeted by intruders. Even more residents say someone tried, but couldn't get in.

“Unfortunately these are crimes of opportunity," Police Chief Blair Anderson said.

He says the would-be thieves view unlocked windows and sliding doors as invitations to barge in and take what's not theirs.

"it’s not a good feeling at all, especially for my family," Christine Navarro said.

The sudden rash of burglaries since July 1, is drawing police action. "We have increased our presence in certain areas of the city at certain times," Chief Anderson said.

He's not sharing the rest of police strategy for obvious reasons.

On this breezy summer night, although they want to, the Navarro's won't sleep with their windows cracked open, not after the reality check they had.

"I'll go around and lock everything, my husband and kids will double/triple check because it gets you that scared," Christine Navarro said.

No one has been hurt. Police believe they have good leads on suspects and are offering a reward for information leading to their arrest.

St. Cloud police have posted burglary prevention tips on their website.

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