Several homes in Victoria were burglarized and two vehicles stolen overnight, according to a press release from Carver County Sheriff Jason Kamerud.
The Sheriff's Office received several 9-1-1 calls beginning at 5:45 a.m., Thursday, June 13, according to a press release.
One of the vehicles has been recovered; the other vehicle is still missing.
Deputies are currently taking several burglary reports and processing the crime scenes. There are no reports of forced entries into vehicles or homes. The suspect or suspects gained access to vehicles and houses through unsecured or unlocked doors, the release stated.
A majority of the Twin Cities metropolitan area has been struck by a sophisticated ring of burglary suspects, according to a press release.
The suspects locate unlocked vehicles with garage door openers in them. They steal the garage door opener, then use it to gain access to the garage and residence. The suspects often steal a vehicle or vehicles from the garage to continue their crime spree.
They also enter occupied residences very quickly, taking items while residents are generally asleep. This group targets a community, striking many homes undetected.
Because the suspects commit crimes in vehicles not yet reported stolen, they have been incredibly difficult to catch in the act, the release stated.
"We ask our residents to be diligent about locking vehicles, all entrances to homes, and removing garage door openers and valuables from vehicles left outside," stated the press release.
This is an ongoing investigation.
Report suspicious behavior and activity by calling 911. Contact Investigative Sgt. Peter Anderley with any information about the burglaries at 952-361-1787, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.