The 2nd Precinct Community Crime-Prevention SAFE team has issued a crime alert to residents on Nicollet Island in response to a recent rash of burglaries.
Since March 15, there have been five incidents reported to police involving attempted break-ins or burglaries, said Nicole Nelson, a community crime-prevention specialist with the SAFE team.
The burglaries and attempted break-ins have occurred on Grove Street, the 1000 and 3000 blocks of Island Avenue West and the 9000 block of Nicollet Street. The incidents have occurred between midnight and 7 a.m. while residents are home.
In one burglary attempt, a resident woke up and scared away the suspect when he was trying to open a glass door. In other incidents, someone entered homes through an unlocked window or door.
In one of the break-ins, the suspect stole a resident's car after taking the keys in the house.
Other items reported stolen include a purse, wallets, cell phones, backpacks, a compact disc player, money and a laptop, according to the crime alert issued March 18.
The suspect has been described as a white male with a medium build. He's reportedly 5 feet 11 and was seen wearing a brown jacket and stocking cap.
Those with information are asked to call the 2nd Precinct's Investigative Unit at 673-5712.
Police advise residents to keep doors and windows locked and urge them to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity in the area.
Residents are also urged to install deadbolt locks on exterior doors.
To schedule a home security check, contact Nelson at 673-2874.