Police: W. Fargo man targeted snowbirds' homes

3:42 PM, Dec 24, 2012   |    comments
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FARGO, N.D. - Fargo police say they've cracked a multistate burglary ring with the arrest of a man suspected of targeting snowbirds' homes over the winter.

Police Lt. Joel Vettel tells KFGO radio that a 34-year-old man would look for homes that appeared unattended, specifically those with snow covering their driveways and sidewalks.

Police say they've recovered high-priced items reported stolen by homeowners, including a $20,000 bassoon, as well as electronics and jewelry. The stolen items have been tied to burglaries in Fargo, Moorhead, Richland, Wilkin and Becker counties.

Vettel says the cache of recovered items will easily hit the six figures.

The man faces charges of possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

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