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Forum staff reports, Published August 07 2012

After homeowner interrupts burglary attempt, Fargo police find broken windows

FARGO – After a homeowner interrupted an apparent burglary this morning in south Fargo, police investigating the incident found vandalism to cars and a home in the area, Sgt. Jim Kringlie said.

The burglary was reported at 1:49 a.m. in the 3600 block of 22nd Street South.

The homeowner and his wife were sleeping when he heard a noise, got up, turned on a light and saw someone in their enclosed porch or patio area, Kringlie said.

The homeowner didn’t have his glasses on at the time, and he gave police a general description of the suspect, Kringlie said. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing 170 to 200 pounds and wearing a gray sweatshirt.

It appeared the suspect entered the home through an unlocked door, Kringlie said.

As officers searched the area, they came across three vehicles with windows that had been broken or shot out, he said. Police later received reports of a vehicle and a house that both had broken windows a few blocks away, he said.

“So, we’re expecting more as people get up today,” he said.

Police initially thought the burglary and vandalism might be related, but they aren’t sure now because an officer also found a broken car window on Woodcrest Drive South in north Fargo just before 1 a.m., prior to the burglary, Kringlie said.

Fargo police also investigated reported gunshots heard at 12:46 a.m. in the Bluemont Lakes area of south Fargo, but there was no evidence of gunshots and police believe it was probably fireworks, Kringlie said.