Orono police warned residents Wednesday that “multiple groups from around the metro” are “targeting our area,” which happens to be one of the wealthiest in the nation.
“No need to be scared, just aware of what is happening,” police said.
According to the police department, the west-metro city has seen “an uptick in property crime” over the last several days. Most of the incidents occurred at night, but some have happened during the day, police said.
“We’ve had several thefts from motor vehicles, one car stolen and at least one smash n’ grab. We ask that you be vigilant to secure your property, vehicles and garages. Also, if you see something, say something. Call 911 if you see anything suspicious,” police said in a notice published to Facebook.
They said they arrested one individual on drug charges this week and believe the suspect is connected to some of the property crimes.
Orono experienced a similar rash of burglaries early this year when six homes were burglarized in one night.
“This means while you were sleeping people were creeping through six homes,” police said at the time. “We don’t want that, but we need your help to make that more difficult.”