Authorities in Winneshiek County are looking into an increase in break-in's and thefts, and are asking for the public's help in solving the crimes.

The incidents occurred mainly in rural areas, both homes and businesses. Other details of the burglaries and thefts have not been released.

The Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office reminds residents to lock vehicles and buildings. The sheriff is requesting help in solving these cases: If you see suspicious activity or anything out of the ordinary, contact local authorities.

Officers in the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office continue to aggressively investigate the incidents.

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