2022 in Review: Local Police See Increase in Gun Violence
Police departments in the northwest suburbs had to deal with carjackings, automatic weapons, and other crimes that are usually associated with larger cities. Multiple suburbs reported an increase in shots fired calls and finding people using conversion devices on handguns to turn them into fully automatic weapons.
Police investigated carjackings in Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley, Brooklyn Center, Plymouth, and Robbinsdale.
“If they want a vehicle and need transportation, they don’t use a cab or bus. They’ll grab a vehicle from someone who appears to be an easy victim,” said Brooklyn Park Police Chief Mark Bruley.
Catalytic Converter Thefts Spike
Catalytic converter thefts were at an all-time high. In Brooklyn Park alone, there have been over 350 incidents of stolen catalytic converters. Police say thieves like to steal the vehicle parts for the precious metals and then sell them on the black market.
Meanwhile, local police departments saw a scary new trend of some shooters using conversion devices on handguns to turn them into fully automatic weapons.
“You’re going to fire at a rate of about 20 rounds a second,” explained ATF Group Supervisor Cory Shelton.
This year, Maple Grove police investigated at least three arson incidents. Police say someone intentionally set the fires that damaged several businesses, including a massive fire at Lynde Greenhouse and Nursery, in early October.
Local law enforcement officials hope 2023 is filled with fewer crimes and much safer communities.