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Police respond to robbery, burglaries

Rochester police reported robbery and two burglaries during the weekend and suggested residents keep theirs doors locked and windows closed.

About 12:20 a.m. Saturday, in the 200 block of Eighth Avenue Southeast, a group of friends left for downtown Rochester. A man who remained heard a knock at the door and spoke from a window to a man on the street who said he had left his cellphone behind. The man let him in and returned to watching TV in a bedroom. Two males entered the bedroom. One had a handgun and told the man to get on the bed and count.

After counting for a while, he discovered his cellphone and money were missing. He went to a neighbor's house to call police. The suspects are described as a man about 6-feet 2-inches tall and a second man about 5-feet 8-inches to 5-feet 10-inches tall with a skinny to medium build. Their faces were covere,d but the victim said the skin he could see appeared black.

In addition, between 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, in the 900 block of First Street Southwest, a house that's under renovation was burglarized. A TV, DVD player and tools were missing. There was no sign of forced entry, but windows were open.

Also, between 3 p.m. on Thursday and 5 p.m. on Saturday, a house in the 900 block of Homestead Village Southeast was burglarized. The homeowner was out of town and reported upon return that a TV and computer were missing. It appears that the main door was forced open.

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