by Jim Boyle
Elk River police are reminding residents to remove valuables from their vehicles and to lock them, after a rash of motor vehicle tampering and burglary reports.
Officers took 17 reports from incidents that took place overnight on Jan. 28 and 29. They ranged from cars being tampered with to garage and shed burglaries, and included some thefts.
They happened in the area of Simonet Drive, the 12800 block of 187th Circle and the 18800 block of Albany. Evidence has been gathered and the cases are being investigated.
“Very little was taken,” said Capt. Bob Kluntz of the Elk River Police Department. “It appears the suspect or suspects were looking for cash.”
In one case, an MP3 player was taken and bottle of cologne was removed from a vehicle. In other instances, there were thefts of $100 cash, checking deposit slips, cigarettes and loose change.
Kluntz said all of the vehicles and structures that were entered were unlocked.
In addition to removing valuables and locking vehicle doors, police are also asking people to lock their sheds and garages to make it more difficult for people to enter.
“That is often all the deterrent that is required,” Kluntz said. “The thief will just move on.”