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Published December 28, 2010, 05:17 PM

Fosston, MN, American Legion Burlgarized; Could Be Part of Statewide String

Law Enforcement across Minnesota are investigating a string of burglaries that have targeted VFW and American Legion clubs. The latest is the American Legion in Fosston, where a burglary was reported Monday.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Law Enforcement across Minnesota are investigating a string of burglaries that have targeted VFW and American Legion clubs.

The latest is the American Legion in Fosston, where a burglary was reported Monday.

Workers at the Legion say late Sunday night or early Monday morning someone pried open the back door and a safe containing $4,000.

Police are trying to determine if it is related to other recent crimes.

The manager of the American Legion in Fosston says he was shocked when he showed up for work Monday and found they had been burglarized.

Manager Joel Roue says there were other items in the safe, but the burglar took only the cash.

The Polk county sheriff's department says this crime has similarities to a string of burglaries across the state targeting VFW's and American Legions, but will not say if the crime in Fosston is related.

Roue says it was very clear the burglars were only looking for cash.

"We have two safes, one of them containing mostly cash. The other containing drill rifles and other valuables. But they wanted nothing to do with the valuables. They just wanted the cash," Roue said.

Roue says insurance should cover the damage done to the safes and doors, but is not certain if the money taken is covered. He says for now, the American Legion will have to take out a loan to continue to operate.

If you have any information about the crime or crimes you are asked to call the Polk county sheriff's office at 218-281-0431.

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