COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (WCCO) – Cottage Grove Police said Wednesday a 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a series of car break-ins that happened in the city between April and July.

Ryan Patric Aasand of Cottage Grove was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree felony damage to property and felony theft. Aasand is believed to be responsible for more than $2,900 worth of damage to vehicles and more than $800 in stolen property. Aasand is currently in the Washington County Jail pending formal criminal charges.

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According to police, authorities responded to as many as 13 reports of damage to vehicles and theft from vehicles in Cottage Grove between April 4 and July 1. In each of the reports, windows were smashed or car tires were slashed and items were stolen from inside the vehicle.

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Authorities linked Aasand to the break-ins through DNA collected from drops of blood collected from several of the scenes associated with the vehicle break-ins.

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Cottage Grove Police are reminding residents to keep their vehicles locked, don’t leave valuables in plain view, be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to police.