MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities are warning west Hennepin County residents after multiple burglaries were reported Friday in Independence, Loretto and Orono.

Officials say a group of people entered unlocked cars and used garage door openers to access garages and homes. Two cars were stolen.

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According to West Hennepin Public Safety, the thefts occurred overnight Thursday into Friday morning. In Independence and Loretto, the burglaries were concentrated on or near County Road 11.

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Authorities advise residents to make sure their homes are locked, including doors from an attached garage to the residence, and cars are locked and valuables are removed.

Officials say motion-detecting lights or outside lighting left on all night are also good deterrents to thieves.

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Anyone who has heard or seen anything suspicious is asked to call 911.