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Joyce Lorenz

Katie Bengtson

Crime Alert: Residential Burglaries and Vehicle Tampering

Post Date:August 31, 2018

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On Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 3:51 a.m., Eden Prairie Police responded to a residential burglary in the 17000 Block of Evener Way. Suspects used a garage door opener from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway. The homeowner awoke to the sound of the garage door opening and saw two suspects rummaging through a vehicle. Nothing was stolen.

On Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 6:45 a.m., Police responded to a residential burglary in the 18000 Block of Tristram Way. Suspects used a garage door opener from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway to access to the garage, and entered the home through an unlocked service door. Suspects took a wallet and car keys from the kitchen and used the keys to steal a vehicle parked in front of the home – all while the victims were asleep inside the residence. Minneapolis Police recovered the stolen vehicle the next day.

That same morning, between midnight and 4 a.m., Police received reports of six additional tamper with auto incidents occurring on Trillium Circle and Fairway Drive. In these cases, suspects rummaged through unlocked vehicles; however, no items of value were reported stolen, with the exception of a pair of prescription sunglasses.

To view the location of these and other crimes in Eden Prairie, visit the Community Crime Map.

Eden Prairie Police believe there may be multiple suspects committing these crimes. Detectives are following up on leads, but are also asking the public to report any suspicious activity.

Do your part to keep your home and belongings safe:

  • Lock all entrances to your home, including garage service doors, and close overhead garage doors at night. Open and unlocked doors provide quick and easy access to cars, items in garages and homes.
  • Lock all cars left in driveways or on the street overnight. Thieves can use garage door openers found in unlocked cars in driveways to access garages and homes.
  • Do not leave valuables such as purses, wallets, keys and electronics in cars parked in driveways or garages overnight, also consider tucking them away inside your home, rather than leaving them by the door.

Police are asking residents to be alert and report any suspicious activity by calling 911 immediately.

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