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Published November 11, 2011, 10:34 PM

Casselton concerned with Recent Rush of Burglaries

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) -- People in the small town of Casselton are becoming more concerned by the day after a rash of recent burglaries.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) -- People in the small town of Casselton are becoming more concerned by the day after a rash of recent burglaries.

These aren't your ordinary crimes either. The thieves are targeting unsuspecting places and unlikely belongings, piggy banks and alcohol.

The suspects first started getting into garages that were unlocked this summer. Now, they are becoming braver. Within the past two weeks alone, four burglaries. The burglars, breaking into buildings.

Sallie, Victim: “The fact that somebody broke into our house really makes me mad.”

For Sallie Vance, becoming victim of thieves is heart wrenching.

Sallie: “I truly don't care so much about the money but we have a seven year old that has had trouble sleeping ever since then. He was scared to death and still is everyday.”

Vance lives along Langer Avenue, one of the busiest streets in Casselton..

Just days ago, she came home to find her house in disarray. The kitchen trashed. Hundreds of dollars worth of beer and alcohol, stolen. Two piggy banks, gone.

Sallie: “The money is replaceable. The beer I don't care about.”

Down the street, a place of worship..

Paula Mehmel, Martin’s Lutheran Church: “They're some desperate people.”

Brazen burglars broke through a window. After ruffling through rooms and drawers, they got away with fundraising funds and Sunday offerings.

Paula: “It's not a very good feeling that they're targeting a church. But do a little bit more praying for those folks that are getting that desperate I guess.”

Dean Haaland, Cass County Sherriff’s Department: “It's very concerning for a community the size of Casselton to have four within two weeks.”

Authorities aren't really sure what to think. The fact alcohol is being taken, points to certain suspects..

Dean: “Most times or not it's under the age of 21.”

And that has homeowner’s hopeful

Sallie: “Kids talk.”

The young criminals will be captured and children in Casselton can once again sleep peacefully.

Authorities have a couple suspects. But no arrests have been made.The suspects face felony charges.

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