MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Burglars are hitting a Minneapolis neighborhood hard, and after close to a half-dozen break-ins last week alone, residents fear the crime could continue.

In fact, one group of guys pulled up a moving truck to a home off the 2900 block of 37th Avenue South and tried cleaning it out. An alert neighbor next door saw them and stopped them before they could get away with anything.

“This is a lot. This is a frightening turn of events,” said Kate Remus, who lives in the Longfellow neighborhood which is being targeted.

She and other residents are warning fellow neighbors about how burglars are doing the job. Emails these residents have sent talk of burglars knocking on doors to see if anyone’s home, before breaking the back or front doors to get in.

Other burglars have cut screens to gain access to homes during daylight hours, and in once instance, burglars climbed onto a second-floor porch to get in.

These crimes are happening on the southeast side of the city. Residents have been tracking these burglaries, and they’re all happening, they say, within a few blocks of one another — between 40th Avenue South and 32nd Avenue South, just north of Lake Street.

Residents report at least seven burglaries the last few months. T.J. Kopal said that he was the first resident in the area to get burglarized in August.

“The stereo was ripped out. The wires were hanging out of the dashboard. The guitars were gone. So I first went in and told my wife what happened. Then I immediately called police,” he said.

Burglars got away with three guitars, including two of his own and one that his buddy’s brother owned. He put them in the garage when he got home from his band performance at a Minneapolis bar, only to find them gone by the morning.

Kopal’s stolen guitars simply can’t be replaced, he said. He’s had them since high school, and they have sentimental value.

Kopal and other residents hope to soon meet with a Community Service Officer in the Minneapolis Police Department to discuss the ongoing problem. Neighbors say they have noticed more police patrolling the area lately.

“I definitely think people need to keep their eyes open,” Remus said.

Comments (16)
  1. TL the alligator says:

    let them come a little further south….myself and some neighbors have conceal and carry permits and are not afraid to do what may be necessary…..i’d love to catch one of these losers in the act, preferably breaking into my home.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Unfortunately your bravado is wasted. Did you not read the article which described the burglars’ methodology? You’ll be at work while they get all your stuff. You won’t get to unholster that weapon at all.

  2. liam Gilmorasy says:

    The difficulty is that gone are the days when neighbors know their neighbors.
    Once you know who “belonged” to a neighborhood and who was just “passing” through. And those you kept an eye on .. or merely called the police to say that there are people here do definitely do not belong.
    On rare, rare times I’ve seen people who simply don’t fit the “profile” of those on my street. There is a fear among most PC people that you really can’t profile people.
    But what else is there .. it is either a prep-emptive approach or just hope for the best.
    You truly have to be pro active in order to cut down “Crime” or accept what one “city elder” suggested during another crime wave of sorts in his town after a problem at a state fair”. His quote was “..well you know, uh, kids will be kids…”.
    I have a very good and large dog that barks.. I rescued him for just this purpose. He is a love with children.. but deadly with adults or those that knock on my door….
    Damned what we have allowed to take place in this country… or at least in communties that were once relatively safe and secure..

  3. Rags says:

    What an awful way to have to live. It’s a shame how civilization and society is crumbling before our eyes.

  4. J. Nelson says:

    LOL – I have a cc permit as well, and frankly. people like you scare me.

    Ya better hope they are armed and are posing an immediate threat…damn…there’s a whole list of criteria you had better meet before thinking along those lines.

    And in the end, you are going to have a jury taking two weeks (or more) to question a decision you made in one or two seconds, and frankly, posting idiotic comments like the one you did above, could be used against you in court.

    To participate in CC is to simultaneously dedicate your life to conflict avoidance and deescalation of violence.

  5. L. Mackenzie says:

    The fact is, many of us do know many of our neighbors and several of the break-ins in this area (where I live) were foiled when neighbors confronted the person or called the police.

    “Profiling” by race is racism. We live in a city with a diverse population and we ALL belong. The one thief who was caught at last week’s break-in came to our neighborhood from Plymouth.

    1. junior's farm says:

      L. – What he meant was knowing the profile of your neighbors. That statement had nothing to do with race. The R card is becoming overused and a waste of time.

    2. jackactionhero says:

      So you DON’T think these burglars are black and you don’t think they are robbing their neighbors?

      I can’t wait to give you the “I told you so” speech when they’re caught and they live in the area and are black men between the ages of 17 and 35 with no jobs.

      Don’t tell me profiling doesn’t work. I have these burglars pegged already and you know it.

  6. TL the alligator says:

    yo j.Nelson……….on the contrary its people LIKE YOU that scare everybody rational….NOTHING i said can be used against me because ANYTHING i would do would be justified….dedicating your life to deescalation and avoidance while noble has NOTHING to do with CC……your willy nilly conflict “avoidance” jives with spinelessness and is laughable….if somebody breaks into my home there will be ZERO conflict avoidance and in all likelyhood a recipient of some lead……all in one or two seconds….so put THAT in your pathetic pipe and smoke it…….and please dont carry anymore because you are more of a liability than anything else.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      More than likely anybody breaking into your home will find you with your pants down and your gun sitting on a table or in a drawer.

      I agree with J. Nelson. If you have a CC Permit, you should not be trying to think of reasons and situations to use it. Every time you unholster that weapon, you’re putting you and your family’s livlihood at risk, because you WILL be in a court of law defending that decision. And guess what? You can’t just blow anybody away that you see robbing your neighbor’s house, sir.

  7. Tom Felcyn says:

    If they come to my house,can I shoot them ??

  8. Mike says:

    I have done everything I can to prevent burglars including an alarm system and cameras that send the video feed to an online account that can not be erased.
    I also have many neighbors who are home at all hours of the day looking for suspicious activity. Let’s see how that works out for them………….

  9. KegHead says:

    Most likely these people are on the lam in St. Louis.

  10. TL the alligator says:

    ….if someone breaks into your home and is armed shoot them emmediately until they are down…..if they break in and its dark and you cant ascertain that they are not armed shoot them…..if they dont emmediately surrender and move toward you shoot them……all the law requires for one to act lawfully in this capacity is that one must be in reasonable fear of their lives or serious bodily harm….if somebody breaks into your home then that fact alone constitutes reasonable fear unless something otherwise says differently….such as a person who when confronted in sufficient light emmediately raises the hands and surrenders, hen you CANNOT shoot them lawfully……while Mr. J. Nelson is thinking like as ninny of all the “issues” as he is being menaced by a knife weilding intruder or an intruder with a gun he will likely lose the 1 or 2 seconds he has to act and then suffer an injury or lose his life…..then the criminal will take J. Nelsons gun away from him and use it on other innocent people and THATS why people like J. Nelson SHOULD NOT have guns.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      You are overreacting to his comments in such a manner that it makes ME nervous that YOU have guns, sir.

  11. just sayin says:

    I wonder what kind of guitars…. Please don’t say Jackson or Kramer, or BC Rich, because those are easily replaceable.

    And, I would NEVER leave my equipment in my garage. Thats ridiculous.

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