RPD: Two SE Rochester, one NW burglary over weekend

Two homes Burglarized over weekend

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(ABC 6 News) – Rochester police responded to two burglaries on 6th Avenue SE over the weekend, according to Capt. Casey Moilanen.

The first took place in the 10th block of 6th Avenue SE, between 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, and 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28.

Moilanen said a 39-year-old woman came home Sunday and noticed that the back window of her residence was smashed and a safe, jewelry, and a Playstation had been stolen.

The apartment had been ransacked, Moilanen added.

Between 5 and 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, police also believe an individual was checking door handles on cars and may have broken into an unlocked garage.

According to Moilanen, a 58-year-old man in the 1000 Block of 6th Avenue SE reported looking out his window around 10 a.m. the same day, and seeing that his detached garage side door was open.

The man said one of his cars had been opened, and someone took a flashlight and mace out.

A neighbor allegedly saw someone checking door handles earlier that morning–hence the 30-minute window estimate.
“I think the moral of the story is that people need to make sure their doors are shut and locked,” Moilanen said. “Double-check before you go to bed.”

Police also responded to the 700 block of Elton Hills Drive NW, where a 48-year-old man realized he left his garage door open overnight Sunday morning.

The man went to garage to see if anything had been stolen, and found that “numerous tools” and toolboxes had been taken between 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:15 a.m. Sunday.

Moilanen said the estimated value of the stolen tools was $1,800.

The perpetrator had also gone into the man’s unlocked car and taken a magnetic phone holder, Moilanen added.

All of the incidents are under investigation.