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Burglars make off with $40K in loot from several Chanhassen homes

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Thieves have stolen more than $40,000 in valuables during a recent string of home burglaries in Chanhassen.

Five burglaries have been reported in the city since Sept. 15, according to WCCO, with the thieves making off with a variety of sports equipment, electronics, jewelry, collectibles and cash, the Carver County sheriff's office reports.

Here's a brief summary of the crimes, according to the Chanhassen Villager:

–Sept. 15, Choctaw Circle: Thief entered an open garage and stole money from a vehicle parked inside. It occurred at night when the residents were home.

–Sept. 26, Pleasant View Road: Thief entered an unlocked storage shed and stole outdoor equipment including fishing rods and reels, tackle boxes, wake boards and gas cans. Total value: more than $10,000.

–Oct. 13, Lyman Boulevard: Thief broke into the home through a window and stole jewelry, collectible coins and currencies. No one was home at the time. Total loss, including damage to the house: $35,000.

–Oct. 15, Stellar Court: Thief broke into the home through the front door and stole jewelry, precious metals and collectible coins. No one was home at the time. Total value: nearly $15,000.

–On or about Oct. 14-16, Valley Ridge Trail South: Thief broke into the home through the front door and stole an iPhone, notebook computer and digital cameras, as well as jewelry and cash. Total value: $4,000.

No suspects have been arrested so far.

There aren't all that many burglaries in Chanhassen; these five recent incidents represent 20 percent of all the burglaries reported in the city so far this year, WCCO notes.

The sheriff's department is encouraging residents to keep their vehicles locked, even in the garage; install deadbolt locks on exterior doors; store valuables in unlikely places; and have your mail and newspaper deliveries stopped while you're away.

Authorities also encourage people to call 911 immediately if they see any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

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