Tosa Family's Home Left in Disarray After Daytime Burglary
Rummage, rifle, ransack – we start to run out of words for what some crooks do when they rampage (there's another one) through someone's private space. Despicable (and there's another).
It may seem surprising, but many burglars are fairly tidy in their habits. They go straight for either the electronics or the jewelry, or both, and otherwise disturb as little as possible.
It makes sense, really. A modicum of care makes them less likely to be caught.
But some, like this one, just don't care what degree of chaos they leave in their wake – or how much more unnecessarily violated and invaded they leave their victims feeling in the process.
A resident of the 10800 block of West Courtland Avenue reported that between 7:20 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. last Monday her home had been broken into and thoroughly rifled.
She said that after the whole family was out all day, she and her son had come home to find drawers and doors open and property of all kinds strewn around on the floors throughout the house.
Every room had been ransacked from bottom to top – literally, as she soon learned.
She checked the whole house and found a basement window broken in, and various property out of place there, too.
Stolen from family members out of different rooms upstairs were two iPads, a digital camera, a handheld game system and a small amount of cash.
Wauwatosa police detailed to the crime scene said that the basement window is small and below ground in a window well, but it was clearly the entry point for what must have been a slender and flexible burglar.
Insulation covering the window had been ripped away, the window forced in, and items on a shelf below the window had been knocked to the floor.
The burglar left by unlocking a patio door on the ground floor at the rear of the house.
No clear evidence was discovered, but surfaces throughout the home were swabbed for possible DNA recovery.