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Mail theft reported in Hampton

The Dakota County Sheriff's Department reported that every mailbox and unlocked vehicle in a section of Hampton was gone through over the weekend of Dec. 10-11. The affected area included Aspen, Birch, Colorado and Birch Bay streets. There are 61 houses in the area and a majority of mailboxes were found open Saturday morning.

Pat Enderlein, captain at the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, said mail was torn open and left all over the street. The crime was first reported at about 6:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

The city of Farmington experienced a similar rash of incidents over the weekend. Officer Jim Murphy said the department received a "significant" number of reports of mail being taken from boxes and "strewn about the street" as well as Christmas decorations being damaged.

Murphy said the department is working with Hampton to share any leads in case the incidents are connected. Any new information on the case or leads will be distributed on the department's Facebook page.

DCSD recommends being diligent in retrieving mail and packages during the holiday season. In addition, they recommend a lockable mailbox if possible, using a P.O. Box around the holiday season and using shipment tracking. Trail cameras are also recommended.

Enderlein said DCSD encourages people to call them if they notice anything suspicious in their neighborhood and to take note of license plate numbers for any suspicious vehicles.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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