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Police seek suspects in series of home break-ins

Police are seeking information in connection with a string of burglaries and attempted burglaries in the past several weeks in Carlton and St. Louis counties.

Police are seeking information in connection with a string of burglaries and attempted burglaries in the past several weeks in Carlton and St. Louis counties.

More than a half dozen burglaries have been reported primarily in rural areas, since the beginning of February, according to Darrin Berg, Cloquet Police detective.

"We're working with St. Louis County and other police in the investigation as most of the burglaries and attempts have been between county lines," Berg said.

Many have been residences with Cloquet addresses that technically fall on the St. Louis county line.

In the majority of attempted burglaries, homeowners have seen a white pickup truck or white SUV, possibly a Chevy Blazer, pull into their driveway. Two white men in their 20s have then gotten out of the vehicle and knocked on the front door. Those who answered the door said the men had a story about trying to locate a home or particular person in the neighborhood. The residents have felt the stories were suspicious, Berg said.

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In several other incidents, the two men have knocked and when residents do not answer, the men attempt to gain entry by trying to break in or simply opening the door.

"There have been several confrontations between occupants and the men and the good thing is the men make up a story and leave the homes, without further problems," Berg said.

In one burglary on Feb. 2, $1,500 of jewelry, a computer and other items were stolen from a home near North Cloquet Road and Erickson Road in Thomson Township. A neighbor noticed a white Chevrolet Blazer turning around in his driveway near the time of the reported burglary, according to Berg.

"In all the reports, a white vehicle, either a sport utility vehicle or pickup truck, has been seen," Berg said. "All also report two young men as the individuals involved."

Closer to Cloquet, several storage sheds have been broken into as well.

"This is very concerning and we're looking for information," Berg said.

Anyone who sees suspicious activity around their home or the home of their neighbors should call 911 and try to report the most specific information possible including descriptions of the people and any vehicles, including license plates.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Cloquet Police Department at 218-879-1247.

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