CHASKA, Minn. (WCCO) – A man was caught on camera breaking into several apartment complexes in Chaska, and then heading straight for the underground garages to do even more damage.
Morgan Anderson is a first-time victim of this type of crime.
“It’s awful. You feel violated,” Anderson said.
He woke up one September morning to quite a mess.
“He had thrown an elbow into it and ripped the whole window out and threw it under the car next to me,” Anderson said.
About 10 vehicles have been burglarized this month in two Chaska apartment complexes. The thief hit Chaska Place Apartments on September 12. A week later, he hit 3110 Chestnut North, and then went back that same night to Chaska Place.
“The backpack was sitting, you know, right there. And he…was looking in with a flashlight. So, he must’ve just busted in, grabbed the bag and taken off,” he said.
Anderson’s lost thousands of dollars in electronics.
Police believe the same man is responsible. He breaks into the complexes and vehicles the same way, and targets the same items each time.
Chaska Police Detective Rachel Nelson thinks the burglar will continue to commit these crimes.
“Yes, I’m concerned he’s going to hit again…because he’s hit more than once already,” Nelson said.
She’s heard from victims who’ve lost iPads, cameras and even clothes.
The suspect has a unique, off-balance style of walking. His hair is also thick at the back. But besides these similarities, he actually changes his appearance each time. In one video, he’s wearing glasses and a fake mustache. And in another, he’s without both.
“We would like to get information about this guy, because we want to stop him,” Nelson said.
It’s taken Anderson a lot of time to get his car repaired and resolve his insurance situation.
“I wouldn’t want anybody to go through this,” said Anderson. “It’s bad.”
To view surveillance pictures and videos of the burglar, visit Chaska Police Department’s video website.