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Police looking for connection in burglaries

Woodbury police are investigating a string of home burglaries that may have a common connection: expensive Indian jewelry.

A total of five residential break-ins that occurred between Jan. 16 and Feb. 19 may be related because of the fact that the victims all own rare Indian jewelry, Woodbury Police officials said.

In three of the break-ins, rare and expensive jewelry from India was taken. Other items such as credit cards and laptop computers were also taken from the targeted homes. Two of the incidents were classified as attempted burglaries, where nothing was taken.

The latest incident occurred Feb. 19 shortly before 2 p.m. when a resident in a Woodbury home witnessed two male suspects attempting to break into the residence. The suspects left the scene, but the resident was able to give descriptions to the police.

Woodbury Police Capt. Kris Mienart would not reveal the locations of the burglaries as the investigation is ongoing. She said police are trying to establish if the suspects described in the Feb. 19 attempted burglary may also be connected to a string of similar crimes that have occurred in Edina. Several homes in that Minneapolis suburb containing Indian jewelry have been targets of late.

Mienart said Woodbury and Edina police are working together in the similar cases. She said it's not yet known whether the suspects in each incident may have knowledge of the targeted homes.