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Two more nighttime burglaries occur in Willmar, authorities believe recent crimes linked

WILLMAR -- Two separate burglary incidents reported to Willmar Police during the early morning hours on Thursday are believed to be connected to the recent string of nighttime home burglaries in other area communities.

According to Chief David Wyffels, both incidents included someone entering an occupied residence in the night while residents sleeping. The burglar or burglars took a small amount of cash and quietly left the scene.

The first incident someone entered a home in the 1500 block of 10th Street Southeast by cutting a window screen and then opening a window.

In the other incident, along the 1100 block of Dana Drive Southeast, someone entered a home around 4:20 a.m. through an unlocked garage.

The police are strongly encouraging all citizens to lock but their garage and house doors, along with making sure windows are not only shut, but locked or secured in a fashion that would require a burglar to break the glass in order to enter the home.

Citizens are urged to call 911 immediately if they see suspicious activity. Locally, contact the Willmar Police Department at 235-2244 or the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office at 235-1260.

Read more on this story Friday in the West Central Tribune.