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Coffee shop burglaries on the rise as holidays approach

Minneapolis-area coffee shops are advised to keep a close watch for burglars this weekend, as their activity tends to escalate during the holiday season, according to Sarah Mahmud, crime prevention specialist for Minneapolis police, reported the Star Tribune Wednesday.

Caribou Coffee locations have been a "favored target," Minneapolis Police said.

As Black Friday's holiday shopping "kickoff" prompts thieves to become more active, Mahmud said shop owners should make their bank deposits frequently and should also avoid leaving large amounts of money in their safes.

"These are some very professional burglars who get in fast and out fast," Mahmud said.