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Published January 04 2012

Cass County officials investigate two house burglaries

FARGO – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two home burglaries that occurred Wednesday morning – one in which the suspect fired a gun inside the house.

Deputies were called to a burglary around 10:30 a.m. at a home southeast of Mapleton.

Sheriff Sgt. Jesse Jahner said in a news release that the homeowner was home at the time of the burglary, but there was no confrontation with the suspect. However, the suspect fired a small caliber gun inside the house.

“It’s is unclear at this time why the gun was discharged,” Jahner said.

Nothing was taken from the home.

Sheriff’s deputies were then called to a second home in the Mapleton area.

The suspect or suspects made off with an undeter-mined amount of cash, jewelry and electronics from that home.

Jahner said the burglaries are believed to be related and that the suspects targeted homes when they thought the homeowners would not be around.

The sheriff’s office is asking the public to be on the lookout for a lighter-colored 1990s SUV.

Residents should be sure to lock their homes and outbuildings and call the sheriff’s office if they notice any suspicious vehicles or activity.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office has also been investigating a rash of daytime burglaries. The burglaries started just before Thanksgiving and continued until just before Christmas. The sheriff’s office believes the burglaries are random and the subjects are checking to see if anyone is home.

Jahner said Wednesday that no connection between the two sets of burglaries has been made, but the two agencies will likely be sharing information about the cases.