<CENTER><B>Local burglary and<br> vandalism spree continues</B></CENTER>
By Lori Ehde
Burglars and vandals have continued their spree of thefts and break-ins in the past week, but Rock County Sheriff Ron McClure said investigators are making progress on some cases.
"We're following several leads and we're making every effort to make it a priority," McClure said Tuesday. "Everyone's got an idea who it could be, but we're just going to continue patrolling as we have been."
He said the dispatch reports point to two separate types of activity likely committed by two different groups of criminals.
He said a group juveniles is likely responsible for the vandalism, such as shooting out street lights in Hills and scratching paint on cars. "That's definitely a separate bunch," McClure said. "We presume it's kids doing that."
But he said evidence is pointing to an older group of individuals likely responsible for the middle-of-the-night burglaries.
In the case of Hills Locker Service where a stolen scale turned up in a Luverne car, McClure said investigators are now working with the County Attorney's Office on a possible charges.
"We have questioned suspects in that particular case, but no one has been arrested," McClure said.
In addition to the burglaries and vandalism reported in last week's Star Herald, the list of dispatch reports this week is equally as long:
McClure declined to comment on the recent cases, because he doesn't want to jeopardize the investigation.
But he said he's still encouraging the public to come forward with information. "Anything suspicious that the public sees and can help us with we appreciate," he said.
The Sheriff's Department phone number is 283-5000. The Star Herald office is also accepting tips - anonymous, if need be. The number is 283-2333.