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Published May 25, 2011, 10:48 AM

Increased looting in tornado-damaged Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say there's been an increase in burglaries in north Minneapolis since Sunday's deadly tornado, with thieves kicking in doors and using trucks to load up stolen items.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say there's been an increase in burglaries in north Minneapolis since Sunday's deadly tornado, with thieves kicking in doors and using trucks to load up stolen items.

Police announced a tornado aftermath plan Wednesday that includes increased patrols in the area. Those patrols will provide directions and escorts for city staff, work crews and emergency responders. Police say the patrols will deter crime.

Rep. Joe Mullery, DFL-St. Paul, says while some homes are almost unlivable, residents won't leave because they're afraid looters will take their belongings. Police Sgt. Stephen McCarty says if that's the case, he would suggest having neighbors keep watch over each other's homes.

Police are also advising residents to watch for home repair scams. Although none have been reported, scam artists generally take advantage of disaster situations.

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