Reward offered in Cloquet burglariesCloquet police are offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for a continuing rash of burglaries in the Cloquet area in recent months — including a break-in at Gordy’s Hi-Hat last weekend.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Cloquet police are offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for a continuing rash of burglaries in the Cloquet area in recent months — including a break-in at Gordy’s Hi-Hat last weekend.
The most recent incidents were reported to authorities on Sunday morning. According to Cloquet Police Detective Darrin Berg, Gordy’s on Highway 33 North was entered sometime during the night, as well as the adjacent Warming House. It is unknown if any cash was taken.
The Cloquet Dollar Store also reported that someone broke in and tried to open the store safe. Though the attempt was unsuccessful, the safe was irreparably damaged.
A homeowner on Maplewood Avenue in Cloquet also reported his house had been burglarized sometime over the weekend while he was away and $2,000 worth of jewelry was taken.
In all cases, the burglars gained entry by damaging or forcing open the door.
The weekend break-ins were the latest in a series of burglaries in the area. Three others occurred in late February and early March, when neighborhoods in the vicinity of Cloquet’s Washington and Doddridge avenues were
targeted. Merchandise stolen from three homes included a television set, diamond and ruby jewelry, firearms and collectible coins.
Firearms and power tools were stolen in a fourth incident on St. Louis River Road. An arrest has since been made in connection with that incident.
“We just can’t hardly keep up with it,” said Berg, who added that Cloquet police have met every other week with the Regional Property Crimes Unit in Duluth, which has logged some 30 to 40 homes or businesses that have been targeted in recent weeks.
Berg said evidence has been collected in the most recent incidents, and suspects have been identified in connection with the earlier burglaries, though no arrests have been made.
“We’re confident that as the weeks go on, something will develop that will lead us to the person or persons responsible,” Berg said.
Anyone with possible information on any of the burglaries should contact Cloquet police at (218) 879-1247.