Officials from cities of St. Paul and Donald organizing meeting on May 21 to discuss recent burglaries in area

In the wake of several recent burglaries, officials have organized a meeting this weekend for residents to hear from law enforcement on how to protect themselves from various types of crime.

Hosted by the cities of St. Paul and Donald, the Marion County Sheriff's Office will give a presentation during a crime prevention awareness meeting set for 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's fire house, 4233 Church Ave. N.E.

The program will provide information on the Neighborhood Watch program as well as instructions on how to spot types of scams and fraud, according to St. Paul City Councilor Rosemary Koch.

In an emailed statement, she said many residents had recommended such a meeting after reports of suspicious activity and burglaries in the area.

That includes the burglary of St. Paul Market on March 24 when two masked suspects broke into the store at about 4 a.m., according to the MCSO and their description of security footage from the store.

The meeting is expected to last about an hour and all ages are welcome.

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