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Prior Lake and Shakopee were recently hit with a string of related burglaries from vehicles and garages after a similar string in Savage, according to the Prior Lake Police Department and other departments.

Residents reported several burglaries in the Jeffers Pond area on June 5 and 6. The typical method was to use garage door openers taken from victims’ cars to gain entry into homes.

Prior Lake Police Commander Brad Cragoe said homeowners in Prior Lake ran the suspects off by confronting them; however, he didn’t recommend it.

“Flip a light on,” he said. “Call 911 and secure yourselves in a room. Safety is the priority.”

Police in Big Lake said the city was hit by a massive succession of burglaries on June 4, calling the thieves a “sophisticated” crime ring. Nearby police departments have been reporting similar events since May.

Cragoe said the Prior Lake department and other agencies are working together on the case. He declined to say whether any suspects have been identified.

In late May, six juveniles were arrested after leading police on an early-morning chase from Savage to Crystal. The juveniles were suspected in a series of Savage thefts.

A Prior Lake Police officer on patrol at the time noticed a car quickly reversing from Heatherton Ridge Drive before the chase ensued, according to Savage Police Detective Sgt. Mike Schiltz.

Five of the juveniles were released, and one was transferred to juvenile detention.

Cragoe advised residents to keep their cars and doors locked. The possible thieves are also known to steal vehicles and drive them to other areas to commit burglaries.

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