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September 19, 2011

Mankato area awakens Monday to 14 burglaries

MANKATO — They say there ain’t no rest for the wicked. And more than a dozen residents just north of Mankato found that out early Monday.

Authorities say 14 burglaries occurred in the Bittersweet Lane and Joray Drive area early Monday. Among them was the home of Todd and Carol Vogel.

Todd Vogel couldn’t sleep and was awake in his Bittersweet Lane home when he saw a moving light out by his garage. Upon inspection he saw a tall white male trying to get into his garage. The man bumped his head on a bird feeder, looked up to see Vogel watching him and fled.

And Vogel took off after him.

He chased him a short distance before giving up. While he was away, Carol Vogel called police.

“He took off running and I was shaking,” Carol Vogel said. “I was so upset.”

The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department is investigating that burglary along with the 13 others that have been reported in the area so far.

The call from the Vogels came in at 3:48 a.m. That drew the help of law enforcement, which searched the area but found nothing.

The majority of the burglaries involved entry into unlocked garages. Smaller items of value were then taken from inside the garages or from vehicles.

 At least two incidents involved entry into the main residence itself where small items of value also were stolen.

The Mankato area has seen an uptick in residential burglaries recently, including more than a dozen at Mankato homes in August. Many of those burglaries involved entry through unlocked garage doors and windows. Last week a resident on Broad Street reported two guns stolen with entry gained by damaging a door.

Nearly 45 burglaries were reported last spring in Brown, Blue Earth, Sibley, Nicollet, Le Sueur, Waseca and Steele counties.

The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department is asking for anyone with possible suspect information to call 507-304-4810 and to call 911 to report any suspicious activity.

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