Thanksgiving break creates a perfect time for slew of thefts

Justin Costley

Minneapolis Police responded to a shooting 4 a.m. Friday at 2630 University Ave. S.E.
Police reports state an assailant shot Nasir Muhammed Hassan, shortly before 3 a.m. as he attempted to get into a vehicle.
Hassan was transported to a local hospital after the assault occurred.
In other police news:
ù While University graduate student Kevin Engel was out of town, someone entered his residence at 828 19th Ave. S.E. and stole more than $3,000 in property.
The burglary occurred between Thursday and Sunday. After returning to his home the following Sunday, Engel discovered and reported the crime.
Police reports state someone or a group of people entered the house by prying open a door. Damage to the door will cost approximately $300 to fix.
A $2,000 Dell computer and monitor, a $500 Phillips Palm Top computer, a gold watch and a black ski jacket were taken in the burglary.
Police have no suspects in the burglary.
ù In a Nov. 19 burglary at 608 Eighth St. S.E., two of the house’s residents were inside when the incident occurred.
Minneapolis Police reports state the theft occurred between 6 and 7:30 p.m., when the victim, Bryan Hall was away from the house.
Though two of his roommates were home, one of them sleeping, at the time of the break-in, someone stole nearly $700 worth of electronic equipment from the living room.
Police reports state one of the roommates woke up an hour-and-a-half after Hall left the house and found the Pioneer compact disc player, stereo receiver and digital video disc player missing.
ù Minneapolis Police responded Nov. 20 to a report of a stolen car from outside the University Avenue residence of Katherine Overgaard.
Police reports state the car — a 1986 Oldsmobile Ciera — was stolen from a rear parking lot of the residence after Overgaard parked the car at approximately 4 p.m.
She noticed the car missing about 45 minutes later and reported the theft to the police.
Police found no evidence at the scene.
ù University Police responded to a report of a robbery at 4 a.m. Nov. 20. Police took the report at the Fairview-University Medical Center emergency room, where the victim was being treated.
Police reports state the robbery occurred around 9 p.m. the night before at the Oak Street parking ramp.
The victim, Sarah Kent, told police her backpack and its contents were stolen in the theft.
Police reports state textbooks and film were inside the backpack at the time of the robbery.

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