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St. Paul Park police warn residents after string of vehicle break-ins

A rash of vehicle break-ins or attempted break-ins in recent weeks has prompted St. Paul Park police to warn residents to take precautions against would-be thieves.

Police Chief Mike Monahan said late last week his department had received 17 reports of vehicle break-ins or vehicle tampering between June 30 and July 6. Most incidents involved automobiles left unlocked parked in driveways or on the street overnight, he said.

Thieves are taking "whatever's available," he said, including change, CD's and cigarettes. "If it's available and it's there, they'll take it."

Monahan said most of the recent incidents have occurred in an area of the city bound roughly by the BNSF and Canadian Pacific railroad tracks to the west, Hastings Avenue to the east, 7th Avenue to the north and Pullman Avenue to the south.

"Make sure [your] vehicle is locked and there aren't any valuables left in sight," Monahan cautioned.

Police have urged anyone with information to call the St. Paul Park Police Department at 651-459-9785.