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ORONO — Investigators have identified a suspect who is believed to be involved in a string of burglaries in the Orono area, according to the city of Orono’s Summer Newsletter released on July 12.

The suspect has been connected to 7-10 burglaries within the Orono Police Department’s jurisdiction, the newsletter says. Officers executed a search warrant in connection to the individual and found several items belonging to homeowners who were burglarized.

Kelly Herzog, an administrative assistant with the Orono Police Department, told Lakeshore Weekly News on Monday, July 15, that the suspect had not yet been formally charged and that the investigation is still open.

The newsletter notes a group of 80 or more people have committed the 150 burglaries reported in 40 law enforcement jurisdictions in the southwest metro. Other law enforcement agencies, including Plymouth, Victoria, Prior Lake and Eden Prairie, reported a “sophisticated” burglary ring hitting residents.

These burglaries are “completely opportunistic,” meaning the suspects look for open doors and garages or in open cars for garage door openers. Once inside the house, the suspects take small items or car keys — then stealing a vehicle, the newsletter said.

Frances Stevenson is a reporter for the Lakeshore Weekly News, covering the communities around Lake Minnetonka.

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