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A rash of burglaries in Oak Grove last weekend has similarities to a recent string of crimes in the metro area, according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

On Tuesday, July 9, the Sheriff’s Office issued a crime alert informing area residents of the burglaries, which occurred during the weekend after the Fourth of July holiday.

“It appears the thieves are entering unlocked vehicles that are parked in the driveway, and using the garage door opener to get into the house,” the alert said.

Lt. Daniel Douglas confirmed there were three residential burglaries roughly in the Lake George neighborhood, and four other instances in which someone rummaged through a motor vehicle.

The crime alert pointed out similarities to incidents recently perpetrated throughout the metro by a suspected organized group. But Douglas said July 9 that the Sheriff’s Office couldn’t yet say whether the Oak Grove incidents were linked to any others.

In response to the burglaries, authorities are asking the public to lock their vehicles and remove their garage door openers and valuables from vehicles. They recommend leaving your home’s exterior lights turned on if possible.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity is asked to call 911 immediately.

“By taking these proactive steps, hopefully we can catch the criminals or at least drive them out of your neighborhood,” the crime alert said.

This story has been updated with information from Lt. Daniel Douglas.


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