Police respond to rash of burglaries
BEMIDJI -- Law enforcement is encouraging the public to remove valuables from cars, and keep doors locked after a rash of burglaries across the city.
Between Aug. 12 and 24, officers received reports of seven garage burglaries, five bike thefts, 18 thefts from vehicles and three vehicle thefts within Bemidji, said Police Chief Mike Mastin. Police believe a group of people working together is responsible for the incidents.
“Often it’s a group of individuals that work together to go through the neighborhoods and scour, looking for valuables in vehicles or open garages,” Mastin said. “They take advantage of the easy opportunity.”