Police remind community to lock doors after 14th Avenue burglary

Burglars enter homes with valuables in plain sight or through unlocked doors.

by Elizabeth Cook

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, a man broke into a home on Sixth Street Southeast.

Deborah Girard, a 16-year resident of the neighborhood, said she was sleeping upstairs around 2 a.m. when she heard a pounding at the door.

Girard said she didnít think anything of the noise at first and figured it was her son, but then the house alarms started going off.

Girard said she ran down the stairs to confront a man standing in the entryway of her home.

When the suspect saw her, he turned and started to run down the road.

There were no items taken from the house and the only damage was the broken molding of the 125-year-old door.

Girard said she doesnít understand why he would have chosen her house. She had lights on, a sign stating she had an alarm and two dogs.

ìI see something alarming in our neighborhood,” Girard said.

Girard said the neighborhood never used to have the serious crimes and panhandling that it does now.

She said everyone in the neighborhood is aware of the problem and now they just need to get more of a police presence.

ìAll in all, Iím unhappy,” Girard said.

According to police reports, on Friday night, police were dispatched to a home on 14th Avenue Southeast and took a ìburglary of dwelling” report.

Police also made a report about a Thursday burglary on Fourth Street Southeast where two University students live.

Ron Reier, the public information officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, said the house was broken into while one of the roommates was sleeping.

Reier said the other roommates left the door unlocked when they left.

Someone broke into this same residence a month ago.

Reier said everyone should lock their doors when going out, even if a roommate is home.

James De Sota, the neighborhood coordinator for the Southeast Como Improvement Association, said there are more burglaries at some times than others.

These burglaries often happen when something has been left open or valuables are in plain view.

ìItís an issue, just like theft from auto would be,” De Sota said.

Busted for booze

The Manhattan Loft was fined for serving alcohol to a minor Friday.

According to the police report, the Minneapolis Police Licensing Division conducted a youth compliance check by using underage decoys to order alcohol, and the Manhattan Loft failed to identify them.

Julie Hasan, an owner of the Manhattan Loft, said this is the first time this has ever happened to her business.

Hasan said her business received a $500 fine and the staff member who didnít ask for ID got a misdemeanor and now has to go to court.

The decoys came in a little before noon on Saturday, ordered food and then came up and asked for the drink. The staff member didnít ask for identification.

ìIf you donít ask, thatís what happens,” Hasan said.

Hasan also pushed the message that the Manhattan Loft is not a place for minors to get served and isnít even really considered a bar but rather more of a restaurant.