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Police: Burglaries at Jordan Meats, Haskell's, Yang's, Kay Jewelers 'likely' connected

A Thanksgiving Day break-in at two Woodbury businesses was the latest in a string of business burglaries that police suspect are related.

Woodbury police Commander Jay Alberio said the recent break-ins - at Kay Jewelers, Yang's Chinese Restaurant, and most recently at Haskell's Liquor Store and Jordan Meats - were likely perpetrated by members of the same group.

"They're likely connected," Alberio said.

The most recent burglaries occurred just before 7 a.m. Nov. 24, when police were called to a burglary alarm at Haskell's. Officers discovered evidence of forced entry made on a back door to the business.

Alberio said the suspect likely was in search of cash, but none was reported missing. It's possible the man took a pack of cigarettes, Alberio said.

The suspect then entered the adjoining business, Jordan Meats, which connects with Haskell's by way of a shared hallway.

There, the suspect appeared to have forced his way through a door and took items from the store. Missing items included steaks, cookies and more than $20 in quarters.

The incident was preceded by a Nov. 15 burglary at Yang's. Alberio said that break-in involved glass being broken out of a window, allowing three suspects to enter the business.

In that instance, the burglars got away with a small amount of cash, Alberio said.

The biggest monetary hit made by burglars came Nov. 13 at Kay Jewelers. Video surveillance showed four males involved in that burglary, where approximately $30,000 in jewelry was stolen. Initial police reports first indicated only $15,000 was taken.

Alberio said similarities between the cases - and suspect descriptions - led police to believe they are connected.

The burglaries come on the heels of an increase in residential burglaries that have alarmed members of Woodbury's Indian community amid fears that burglars have been targeting members of that ethnic group because of suspicions that their homes may contain extensive jewelry.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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