Biermaier says people need to lock their doors

    The Crookston Police Department has responded to nine thefts from vehicles and two reports of stolen vehicles since late July. Most of the thefts from vehicles were a result of vehicles being left unlocked overnight, Police Chief Paul Biermaier said.    

    The first stolen vehicle was reported July 27 when a van parked on private property southeast of Crookston was taken and later found in a field. The second was reported missing from a residence July 27 and recovered from the Red Lake River this past Sunday, Aug. 3.   

    The CPD is urging all residents to make it more difficult for perpetrators to commit crimes by locking vehicle doors every time you leave the vehicle for any length of time. Thefts from vehicles happen anytime during the day or night and it only takes seconds to have something stolen.    

    Biermaier asks that any theft or related suspicious activity be reported to the CPD by calling 281-3111.   

    All of the theft and stolen vehicle cases remain under investigation.