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Police target city forest car prowls

Superior police are implementing a new program to combat a rash of thefts in the Superior Municipal Forest. Over the last three months, the Superior Police Department has received 16 reports of vehicles that had been broken into at the Millenium ...

Superior police are implementing a new program to combat a rash of thefts in the Superior Municipal Forest.

Over the last three months, the Superior Police Department has received 16 reports of vehicles that had been broken into at the Millenium Trail parking lot, the Archery Range parking lot and the Billings Park boat landings.

In nearly every case, vehicles have been entered by breaking a window, according to Assistant Police Chief Charles LaGesse. The most commonly stolen items include purses, wallets, personal electronics and cash left in plain view.

The department has designated this pattern of thefts as a Managed Problem-Oriented Policing Project. The approach allows police to explore and implement proactive measures to address the problem.

The Superior Police Department is encouraging visitors to remove all valuable items from their vehicles prior to leaving them unattended. If people must leave personal items in their vehicles, LaGesse said they should secure the items in an area where they won't be seen, such as the trunk.

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Citizens are encouraged to call 911 immediately if the see suspicious behavior. If possible, information, such as a license plate number, vehicle description, and suspect description should be noted. If anyone has any has information regarding these thefts, contact the Superior Police Department at (715) 395-7234, the Tip Line at (715) 395-7468 or 911 for any calls after business hours. Information can also be given using the department's anonymous tip texting program by texting keyword SPDTIP and your tip to 847411.

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