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Spike in crime prompts St. Paul police to ramp up patrols

KSTP-TV reports burglaries are up 10 percent compared to last year. There have also been more reports of prostitution and disorderly conduct.
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KSTP-TV reports burglaries are up 10 percent compared to last year. There have also been more reports of prostitution and disorderly conduct.

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