Police urge caution after string of thefts in Crookston


The Crookston Police Department is urging residents to make sure the doors and windows to their cars and homes are locked after a string of thefts this month from vehicles, sheds, garages and two homes.

Department staff said they’ve received 20 theft reports in October as of approximately 11 a.m. Thursday morning, a number that’s considerably higher than a typical month.

Power tools, electronics, gasoline, money, and “other miscellaneous things” have been stolen, a news release said. It also urges residents to not leave valuables inside vehicles and to make sure tools and other items aren’t left in their yards.

The thefts have been reported at several places in town: northeast Crookston, the southeast Campbell Road area, Woods Addition, Memorial Drive, and Jerome’s Addition, department staff wrote in a news release. Police are asking anyone in those areas to review any outdoor security camera footage they may have and call the department as necessary.

The department asked residents to call 911 if they see or hear anything that they believe to be a crime that’s in progress. Beyond that, department staff asked residents to report suspicious activity by calling the police department at 218-281-3111.

Joe Bowen is an award-winning reporter at the Duluth News Tribune. He covers schools and education across the Northland.

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