More Vehicle Break-Ins In St. Paul, Police Caution Drivers

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — St. Paul Police are encouraging drivers to take simple steps to avoid having their valuables stolen from their parked cars.

In response to a slight increase in theft-from-auto reports in the city’s downtown area, police are placing fliers on the windshields of vehicles parked in the Central District. The fliers remind drivers to be careful with their valuables and not to leave them if possible.

There have been 61 theft-from-auto reports in the last three months, according to police.

Police say thieves have stolen laptops, briefcases, backpacks, iPods, wallets, purses and cameras. In every case, the stolen items were inside the vehicles in plain sight.

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  • Susan

    Like the phrase goes, “Out Of Sight”, “Out Of Mind”.

    Be careful, and don’t let those thieves get your things.

    Take them with you at all times or leave them at home.

  • Linda

    It’s amazing how much common sense some people don’t have. Why would you leave a wallet or purse? That’s something you CARRY, not leave in plain sight in your car!

  • Jason

    My entire car was stolen 3wks ago in Brooklyn Center. 2000 regal g.s.

  • Larry

    I agree with common sense, but don’t forget these people are criminals!!!
    They broke into our car when my wife and I went to a MN Wild hockey game, and we didn’t have ANYTHING in the car!!!
    Thanks to the criminals, a new passenger side window cost us $75 for the insurance deductible, plus a very cold ride home.
    Were where the police since this “slight” problem has happened several times before?

    • ann

      Not to mention WHO is watching all those cameras they HAD to install because of the 2008 RNC? Cameras all over yet petty crime increases? Arrest these bums!!

  • Blue

    They can break into my car if they want! I got nothing in there and I’ll just duct tape a new window…lol.

  • Ed

    It’s a well known fact that thieves are about the lowest rung on the intelligence ladder so it’s not that shocking to hear that they broke into cars with nothing in them.

  • ann

    I frequently see folks walking up & down the street-side of cars looking in them on Grand Ave & Selby in St Paul. I saw the same woman twice on both Selby & Grand doing this & when she saw me in my car watching her, she walked up to my car & started knocking on my window and asked for money for gas – as “her car ran out of gas”….be careful out there folks…

  • Mimi

    They Broke into my car in St Paul twice, early March and Today. I am not sure if I have to report to the police since nothing was taken, because there was nothing to take.

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