Robbinsdale neighborhood hit with rash of garage burglaries |

Robbinsdale neighborhood hit with rash of garage burglaries

Updated: December 04, 2019 06:19 PM

Police in Robbinsdale are stepping up patrols after a string of garage break-ins last weekend.

"It was a quarter after two and I heard this pounding," Marsha Lucas said.

It was a police officer knocking on her front door. At first, she just laid in her bed wondering who it was. But she heard a second knock and looked out a window and the officer identified himself. She went to the door.

"He asked me if I had a snowblower and I said 'yes.' And he said it was stolen," she said.

Robbinsdale Police is investigating a rash of garage burglaries and vehicle thefts that started before Thanksgiving and spiked to around 24 that Friday and Saturday. The heists were between 38th and 43rd avenues on York, Zenith, and Abbott avenues. Doors were kicked in and cars searched.

"I was just stunned," she said.

News spread quickly on social media about the break-ins. Courtney Mericle said that's how she first she heard of the thefts. But then she had her own experience the same day she found out.

"I actually got home that evening and saw someone in our alley like 12:30. But luckily he scared him off. It's scary, you live in the city but you never really know," she said.

Robbinsdale officers caught two suspects in Lucas' case.

"That snowblower is gigantic, it's not a little one. I'm sure they got tired of pushing it," she said.

Robbinsdale police are looking for more suspects. A vehicle has been identified as a dark-colored Ford Flex SUV.

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