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Associated Press, Published May 30 2011

Burglaries rise in tornado-damaged Mpls neighborhood

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Residents of north Minneapolis and business owners reported double the normal number of burglaries last week after a tornado tore through several neighborhoods on May 22.

The Star Tribune reviewed police reports and found that over a six-day period ending Friday, 52 burglaries were reported in the area.

That compared with about 26 burglaries in the same area a week earlier, and about 28 burglaries two weeks before, according to police statistics.

Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen McCarty says that police haven't determined how many cases were directly related to the storm. That could take a few weeks.

Last Tuesday, police advised people to watch for break-ins and look out for their neighbors. Officers then stepped up patrols, partly to deter burglaries and looting.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.