OPD warns of increase in thefts and burglaries
The Orono Police Department has sent out a crime alert warning people of an increase in crimes such as thefts from vehicles and garage burglaries.
"In the last year we have seen a trend in property crimes," the release notes. "A significant portion of this trend is due to the increase in heroin use among young people in our community."
Police officials are asking that people not keep valuables inside unattended vehicles and to keep garage doors shut and locked at night and during the day. The release notes that criminals appear to be targeting GPS units, loose change, iPods and other electronics.
Officials are also asking that people apply the same principles to their homes. They are warning that doors should be kept locked and asking people notify the police as soon as possible if they notice abnormal things in their neighborhood.
"A common ruse burglars use is to knock on your door and if nobody answers they will force entry," the release notes. "If confronted, the burglar will say they are looking for something like a dog or a friend."
Orono Police officials are warning that homes in the community are being targeted for daytime burglaries. The suspect, or suspects, are targeting expensive homes near county roads and the items being stolen are usually jewelry and silver serving sets. The release notes that in the latest report, a victim interrupted a heavy set white man and woman who were described as being in their late 20s to 30 years old.
According to the release, many different groups have been targeting the western suburbs and no specific demographic of people is responsible. People who notice something suspicious, the release notes, should call the non-emergency dispatch phone number at (763) 525-6210.