Police responded to a “significant amount of property crime” overnight Tuesday in one of the wealthiest cities in Minnesota.
According to Orono police, there were “six occupied residential burglaries and a handful of theft from auto reports.”
“This means while you were sleeping people were creeping through six homes,” the police department ominously warned residents. “We don’t want that, but we need your help to make that more difficult.”
Police said they were sharing this information in order to “spread the news that if you secure your home, vehicles and other personal belongings you are at a greatly reduced likelihood of being victimized.”
Criminals were able to make entry because of unlocked homes and vehicles, according to police. In some cases, burglars discovered garage door openers in unlocked vehicles and entered through garage access doors.
“We enjoy tracking down your suspects, but that means you have been victimized and we don’t want that. Secure your belongings,” police said.
One woman claiming to be one of the victims said she was told by an officer to avoid leaving valuables in the “kitchen/mudroom area” because thieves will “target that area of the home, do a quick search and dash.”
Orono is known for its wealth and was ranked one of the richest places in the nation by Bloomberg.