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Big Lake police warn of 'very sophisticated' burglary ring

Big Lake police warn of 'very sophisticated' burglary ring Photo: Big Lake Police Department

June 07, 2019 11:14 PM

Big Lake police are reminding residents to be diligent about locking vehicles and all entrances to your home due to a string a recent burglaries.

The department said on social media that the entire west end of the metro area has been struck by a "very sophisticated ring of burglary suspects." The post said the suspects locate unlocked vehicles with garage door openers in them, steal the opener and use it to gain access to the garage and residence.

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Police said the suspects often steal a vehicle from the garage to continue their crime spree, and enter residences quickly, taking items while residents are generally asleep. The group targets a community, striking many homes undetected, the department said, and because they often commit crimes in vehicles that haven't yet been reported stolen, they've been extremely difficult for police to catch in the act.


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Big Lake Police said officers have been dispatched to several reports of thefts and burglaries in progress, starting on June 4 at 2 a.m. Some of the reports include:

  • Van Tassle Circle: A garage door opener was taken from an unlocked vehicle, suspects used the opener to gain access to the garage and residence. Suspect took items from within the home while the family was asleep.
  • Brom Lane: A garage door opener was taken from an unlocked vehicle, suspects used the opener to gain access to the garage, the resident heard the door open and the suspects fled the scene.
  • Harrison Drive: Resident awoke to hear a door close in the residence, woke up to find their garage door opener missing from a vehicle.
  • Lake Street North: Work up to garage door opening, noticed light on in a truck and the garage door partially open, only missing item was a garage door opener.

The department said investigator Rich Berg has been working with multiple agencies, and by tracking a stolen credit card from Big Lake, has identified one of the suspects in Minneapolis. Police said the group has struck Big Lake, Monticello, Buffalo and Plymouth in the past couple days.

Police also said the investigation remains ongoing, but several search warrants were served on Thursday and arrests will be announced at a later time.

The department urges everyone to report suspicious behavior in progress by calling 911, and anyone who has any information to contact Investigator Berg at 763-251-2987 or rberg@biglakepolice.com.

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