Break-ins Reported in Duluth’s Lakeside

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“Lakeside is a great neighborhood and all these break ins are just kind of bringing everybody down,” 8th Street Video and Ice Cream station manager Riordan Oullis said.

Ouillis says he along with others have seen a change in Lakeside.

“To be honest I noticed it happening more after the city allowed more section 8 housing out this way,” said Oullis. “A lot of other residents have agreed that they think that’s the problem.”

According to the Duluth Police Department, there have been 51 reported vehicle prowls and 25 reported burglaries in the neighborhood since June.

“There was recently a house on Tioga Street that was busted into, they wiped the place clean,” said Oullis.

Thieves busted the front door of Calumet and have repeatedly tried to break into their outdoor soda machines.

“Some kids made off with some cigarettes and some lighters, they were eventually caught though,” said Oullis.

Since then, the gas station has beefed up security.

Yarn Harbor, a barber shop and café have also been victims.

So far, there is no rhyme or reason to the crimes.

“I know there’s people in this part of the community that have meth problems which has been the case in a lot of our burglaries and break-ins and stuff,” said Dean Renier, a longtime Lakeside resident.

Duluth Police are looking into the rise in crime.

They recently made a video recommending drivers lock their doors, remove valuables from their cars or keep them out of sight.

Homeowners should also lock up along with making their property look occupied when out of town.

“I have a lot of confidence in our police department,” said Renier. “Sooner or later they’re going to catch whose doing it.”

Community members and businesses will meet with the Duluth Police Department this Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the North Shore Bank of Commerce in an effort to stop the burglaries.

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