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Police arrest 3 in string of Rochester burglaries

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Three people are in custody after police say officers caught them red-handed robbing homes in Rochester.

Police say there have been more than 100 robberies in Rochester in just the last 50 days, and though these arrests won't solve them all, it's definitely going to make a dent.

Kirk Peterson, Devon Burke and Anthony Aunan were all taken into custody Thursday after police diligently watched three that were suspected of prior robbers.

Officers began surviellence of their activity at a hotel on the 1800 block of South Broadway Avenue.  At about 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning, they saw Peterson suspicously go into an apartment with cash in hand. When they pulled him over, police they found hypodermic needles, heroin and stolen jewelry.

Shortly afterward, officers say they observed Burke and Aunan leaving the hotel and breaking into a home in northwest Rochester. They were arrested after arriving back at the hotel.

Police are still searching the room these three men were in, along with searching their vehicles. They've already recovered electronics, coins and possible other stolen items.

The three in custody are likely responsible for many of the burglaries around the area recently.

Rochester Police Captain Brian Winters says residents can help to avoid future burglaries by, obviously, making sure your home is locked, and by keeping anything that may be enticing out of the site of your windows.

Captain Winters also says that if you see something suspicous going on at a neighbors, be sure and call law enforcement to check it out.

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