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Thefts from vehicles pick up again

Imagine it is 7:25 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and you need a cup of coffee. You stop at the Holiday Station at 15th and Vermillion Streets and park on the north side of the building.

You jump out, run inside, grab your coffee, pay and then return to your car, only to find that while you were away someone had smashed out a window of your vehicle and stolen your purse.

That's exactly what happened to a Hastings woman on Jan. 31.

A half-hour earlier, something similar happened at Walmart, when a bookbag was stolen after a thief broke out a passenger-side window.

Later on Jan. 31, a purse was stolen from a vehicle in the 1600 block of 12th Street.

Last week, the Hastings Police Department released photographs of people they'd like to question regarding a number of previous vehicle thefts. The images were taken by surveillance cameras at area stores.

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact Hastings Police Detective Craig Nowlan at 651-480-2319 or

Thefts from vehicles weren't the only ones reported last week. At least four homes in or around the 2000 block of Ashland Street were the targets of burglars. The burglaries were on Jan. 31.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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