The Wayzata Police Department on Saturday issued a crime alert which warned residents about recent thefts from vehicles.
The alert stated that the police department has taken several reports of thefts from vehicles in recent days and reminded residents to “remain vigilant during these uncertain times.”
The alert said that suspects have been apprehended related to many of these reports, but as Alpha News has recently reported, jail bookings for so-called lower level crimes have been precipitously reduced as authorities have implemented new policies to reduce jail populations amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Arrests in several law enforcement jurisdictions across the Twin Cities have been suspended and several offenders have been released from local jails in what authorities say is an attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus into incarcerated populations.
The crime alert went on to say that thefts of delivered packages from residences are being reported across the metro area, although none have been reported in the Wayzata police district.
The alert, signed by Wayzata Police Chief Michael Risvold, said with many businesses closed and fewer people out and about, “we ask that now, more than ever, you look out for your neighbor and pay attention to anything that might appear suspicious.”
The alert urged residents that if they “see something, say something” and to call 911 if they see any activity they think is suspicious.
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