Since May 7, 2008, there have been 14 occupied residential burglaries reported in various areas of Minnetonka. In all the cases, the suspect entered through an unlocked door or unlocked/open garage door. In some cases, the suspect opened the garage door using an opener left in a vehicle in the driveway. Stolen items include a bike, cash, camera, laptop, purses, cell phones, tools, wallets and checks. There is no suspect description information at this time.

Tips:
Minnetonka Police are urging people to be watchful and aware of suspicious activity, vehicles and individuals and to call 9-1-1 to report it.

  • Keep doors locked in your home at all times, even when you are working in your backyard.
  • Make sure your personal property inventory is up to date, record serial numbers, make and model of items and keep this record in a secure place.
  • Leave lights on timers to make your home look occupied.
  • Keep garage doors closed and lock service doors.
  • Remove personal property from your vehicle when you park it in your garage or driveway.
  • Do not leave the garage door opener visible in your vehicle if you park in your driveway.
  • Be aware of identity theft—check your credits reports regularly and immediately following the theft of your personal information.
  • Join Neighborhood Watch (contact Nicole Nelson at 952.939.8546 for more information).

If you observe suspicious activity related to this alert, please immediately call the Minnetonka Police Department by dialing 9-1-1. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call the “Confidential Crime Line” at 952.935.8000.

These cases are currently under investigation by the Minnetonka Police Department. If you have information about these crimes, please contact Detective Andy Gardner at 952.939.8554 or <a href="mailto:agardner@eminnetonka.com

The Minnetonka Police Department is offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in these cases.

Mark D. Raquet
Chief of Police
July 2, 2008