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Burnsville Police Investigate Home Invasion

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BURNSVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — Burnsville Police are investigating after a woman reported that a person entered her bedroom in the middle of the night through a cut screen.

The incident happened on July 6 at around 2 a.m. on the 13700 block of Wellington Crescent. The 20-year-old woman, who was home from college, told police that she was sleeping in a downstairs bedroom when she woke up to a person standing in the doorway.

When the woman asked who was there, the person shut her bedroom door and left the house. The woman wasn’t able to give a description of the person.

Police say the person cut through a window screen to get in, all while her father was upstairs with the lights and television on.

Burnsville Police and a K9 from the Dakota County Sheriff’s Department searched the area but no suspect was found.

Luke Hjermstad lives across the street from the family’s home.

“It’s gutsy. It’s gutsy … It’s shocking that people would do that but at the same time it’s the way it is today,” said Hjermstad.

He said the family was shaken up by what happened.

Hjermstad has three kids of his own and he also heard about what happened at Hidden Valley Apartments in Savage this week when a 7-year-old girl woke up to find a person standing in her room. She pretended to be asleep until the person left.

Savage Police say the week before, at the same building, they found a chair placed against an apartment window and the screen was removed.

Now Savage and Burnsville police are working together to see if they are dealing with the same person in all three cases.

“There are similarities. We don’t know if they are by the same person. But we are definitely going to be working with them and see where it goes,” said Sgt. Rory Bochniak of the Burnsville Police Department.

Burnsville Police said these incidents are rare and ask residents to make sure all windows and doors are closed and locked at night. Anyone who sees suspicious activity is asked to call 911.

Anyone with information on the Burnsville incident are asked to call the Burnsville Police Department at 952-895-4585.

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