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Police investigating large group thefts at Burnsville, Maplewood Best Buys

Police say a group of 20-30 targeted the store in Burnsville, while up to a dozen people stole from the store in Maplewood.

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — Police are investigating after two Best Buy stores near the Twin Cities were allegedly targeted by large groups of thieves.

Burnsville police say a group of between 20 and 30 stole from the Best Buy on Aldrich Avenue Friday night.

In a press release, police said the group entered the store shortly after 8 p.m., stole an "unspecified" number of items, and left before police arrived. No weapons were used, and no one was hurt.

Police in Maplewood also said a group of 10-12 juveniles and and adults entered the Best Buy on County Road around 8 p.m. and worked together to conduct what police called a "grab and run theft," taking several high value items and leaving before police arrived. According to a release, some of the items stolen included televisions, tablets and hoverboards.

Maplewood police also said in the release that the department is looking into whether the incident is connected to similar thefts in the metro.

As of Saturday morning, no arrests have been made. The incident is still an active investigation.

Best Buy commented on the thefts in a statement, saying, "Retailers across the country are seeing spikes in crime. These incidents have been, by and large, non-violent though often traumatic for those who witnessed them. As an industry, we are working with local law enforcement and taking additional security precautions where it makes sense."

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