Police warn coffee shops of holiday burglars

Crime Prevention Specialists in the Minneapolis Police Department’s 5th Precinct are urging coffee shop owners to be extra vigilant about burglary prevention during the holiday weekend.

A Nov. 20 crime alert e-mailed to subscribers stated that Caribou Coffee locations have been targeted in the past and those businesses and other coffee shops could be hit again.

A “very active” burglary ring has been working in Minneapolis and surrounding areas this year and activity picks up during the holidays, it read. The alert advised coffee shop owners and managers to make bank drops often and not leave large amounts of money in their safes.

“These burglars are very skilled in getting into the businesses and they will either drill them open inside the business or they will take the safe with them,” the alert stated.

Employees were told to keep their storefronts well lit after hours.

“These are some very professional burglars who get in and out fast,” the alert read.

Neighbors of coffee shops were urged to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

For information about how to get Southwest crime updates and alerts e-mailed to you, call 673-5705 or visit www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crimealert/emaillist.asp.