Wave of thefts in Rosemount, prowlers reported in Inver Grove Heights

"Every car down the street was opened," one victim said.

Rosemount prowlers were captured on a surveillance camera. (Submitted to Crime Watch Minneapolis)

Rosemount, Minn., police are warning residents to lock their doors and remove valuables from vehicles following a theft spree early morning Monday.

Police said a group of prowlers helped themselves to the contents of vehicles that weren’t locked.

Rosemount police didn’t specify the area where the incidents occurred, but one of the victims had earlier contacted Crime Watch Minneapolis with surveillance videos and more information.

The victim stated the “whole neighborhood” in the area of Belfast Street and Biscayne Avenue had vehicles rummaged through and “every car down the street was opened.”

The victim said the five thieves arrived around 5 a.m. in a stolen white Hyundai. At least one of the prowlers was armed and entered the victim’s garage in an attempt to steal their vehicle and enter their house, according to the victim.

The prowlers left a mess of purses and other discarded belongings in yards across the neighborhood, the victim said.

After seeing the Rosemount post, Crime Watch received another message from a person in Inver Grove Heights who said a crew of prowlers that had arrived in several cars was checking vehicles and garages after 5 a.m. in that area as well. The two cities are adjacent to each other.

The Rosemount victim later told Crime Watch that one neighbor had tracked their stolen iPad to a location in Minneapolis, but they were unable to get police assistance in retrieving it.

Rosemount police asked residents to check their surveillance systems for more video and to contact the Rosemount Police Department at pbcf.gvcyvar@pv.ebfrzbhag.za.hf if they can provide any more information that will help their investigation.

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