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Police make arrests in car break-ins

Farmington police can thank an alert night owl for helping them put an end to a long series of car break-ins last week.

Police believe they can connect 19 break-ins to the individuals arrested early on the morning of July 22. The first was reported July 22 on Dupont way. Others followed on 191st Street, Easton Avenue, Dylan Drive and other parts of the city.

The group, which included both juveniles and adults, took sporting equipment, stereos and other items.

“Kind of anything that would have, to them, some value that they feel they can get rid of at a later time,” detective sergeant Jim Murphy said Monday.

Murphy said the series of break-ins was a reminder to remove valuables from cars, and to lock car doors. In about 90 percent of the incidents the car doors were not locked, he said.

Police caught up with the suspects after a resident called to report suspicious people in the neighborhood at 4:33 a.m. July 22. Police found on individual walking down the street and a couple of others hiding in a bush.

“It just kind of snowballed from there,” Murphy said. “Whoever’s up that early, we thank them.”

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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