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Fargo Police Probing Two Friday Morning Burglaries

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As the big city moves in, it's bringing crime with.


Proving that Fargo isn't the small town it used to be.

"Our burglaries are up 48 percent. This time of year we're sitting at a little over 600 as compared to a little over 400 in 2012," says Fargo Police Investigations Division Deputy Chief Lt. Patrick Claus.

Last night, Fargo police responded to two burglaries. The first at White Drug on the 700 block of 38th Street N. around 1:00 in the morning.

"Officers arrived; we did collect evidence. It does not appear at this time that entry was made into the structure. We're still working on it with detectives out as we speak," he says.

Then a few hours later at 3:38, Fargo police were called to OK Tire Store on the 2200 block of Main Avenue when an early-morning employee came in and noticed a broken window. Then he met the burglar face to face.

"He backed up into the other part of the building so there was a door between them and the intruder left in the other direction," says OK Tire Store Owner James Ohnstad.

The burglar was wearing a ski mask and those at OK Tire say he must have been thin. He squeezed through a ten inch gap between a trailer and the building to get through a small window. Another window was also broken. But instead of stealing tires or rims, the intruder broke into two vending machines, leaving behind some tools and change and stealing the cash and an employee's 24 ounce bottle of soda.

"One bottle of Mountain Dew and a few dollars. Hardly worth the effort," he says.

That's nonetheless inspiring security upgrades.

"We'll be forced at this point to put in security cameras and motion detector lights," says Ohnstad.

"Those are progressive steps. The harder you make the target doesn't guarantee you won't be a victim, but it makes it less likely," says Claus.

Fargo police say most burglaries this year have been residential, followed by home garages and commercial break-ins. They say Burglars want easy targets with low risk and high gain.
So always remember to lock your doors and make your home or business less attractive to burglars by adding motion detectors, lights or cameras.



Fargo Police are investigating a couple of break-ins early Friday morning.

The first was at an office building in the 700 block of 38th Street North. Officers got the call around 1:30 a.m. and found a broken window leading into the business.

Police are also investigating a burglary at OK Tire on Main Avenue they were called to around 3 a.m.

They're still looking for suspects in both cases. 

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