Robbindale Police Are Seeing An Uptick In Stolen Vehicles
Robbinsdale police are asking residents to be vigilant after an uptick in vehicle thefts. They say they haven’t seen this many car thefts in a long time.
“From the start of the year until now, we’ve had 25 motor vehicle thefts. So, meaning someone’s vehicle was stolen, ” said Nichole Saba Robbinsdale, Community Engagement Officer. Last year, the city had 41 motor vehicle thefts.
Robbinsdale police say the crimes are happening throughout the city, but they see many thefts in the south part of Robbinsdale, near North Memorial Health Hospital. Officials say the stolen vehicles are often used to commit other crimes.
“They’ll arrive in a stolen vehicle, they’ll steal whoever’s vehicle they choose to steal that day, they’ll leave in both vehicles and normally they will abandon the old stolen vehicle and then continue in the fresh stolen vehicle,” explained Saba.
She says there are several reasons for an uptick in vehicle thefts. People leaving their cars unlocked or valuables out in plain view. They also say some residents are leaving their garage doors open.
Robbinsdale police also say a resident recently had their car keys and wallet stolen at gunpoint. Just last week, there was a carjacking in New Hope.