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Victim of Burglary Wants More Patrol Units

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Several people in Moorhead woke up Monday to find their belongings stolen from storage units in town.

Moorhead Police put calls out to 10 renters at Sugarbeet Self Storage on 11th St North, saying the manager found deadbolts had been cut and large items stolen.

One woman, who asked not to be named, reported to Valley News Live the thief (or thieves) made off with two snow blowers, two air conditioning units and several tubs of personal belongings.

"Nobody seems to be too interested in finding out who has done this," she said.
She's concerned police don't have a big enough presence while patrolling streets.

According to Moorhead Police's annual report, minimum staffing sometimes has to be cut to three officers at night. The department says that's well below national staffing averages. The Moorhead Police Department is staffed at 1.3 officers per 1000 people. The national average stands at 1.8 to 2.5 officers per thousand.

"There's no amount of law enforcement presence that could completely stop everything from happening," Lieutenant Tory Jacobson said of staffing issues.

He says officers and investigators do their best to retrieve stolen items when these types of burglaries happen. They work with pawn shops and police forces with surrounding communities to find those belongings. However, they tend to have better success rates when they ask your help.

"If the police aren't going to do it, then I guess it's up to the individuals to speak up and know that this is going on," the burglarized renter said.


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