Law-enforcement officials are reminding residents in the Sartell and St. Stephen areas to be sure to lock their vehicles.
In recent weeks, there have been an increasing number of thefts from vehicles reported to the police and sheriff departments.
In almost every case, the items were stolen from vehicles that had been left unlocked – usually on the streets by owners’ homes or in home garages.
Just last week in St. Stephen, there were four incidents of thefts from vehicles. Among the stolen items were cash, paperwork for a bank account, two iPods, several power tools, a Ruger Mark 1 .22 caliber pistol and a Ruger model 03313 9 mm pistol.
If anyone knows anything about those thefts, they should call the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office at 320-251-4240.