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Thieves swarm Best Buy stores in Burnsville, Maplewood on Black Friday

Days after the head of Twin Cities-based Best Buy warned analysts that the retailer was seeing an uptick in crime, numerous shoplifters apparently working in tandem Friday night rushed two metro area Best Buy stores, grabbing high-priced items before fleeing.

Both crimes occurred shortly after 8 p.m. on one of the busiest shopping days of the year following the Thanksgiving holiday. Police said a group of 20 to 30 people stole merchandise at the Burnsville store, while 10 to 12 adults and juveniles were said to have looted the Maplewood store.

No one was injured, and as of Saturday no one was reported arrested in connection with the thefts. They came after a series of brazen mass robberies at other retailers nationwide.


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