Before Owner's Eyes, Thief Steals His Car, Rams His House

As owner watches in shock, someone steals his Infiniti out of his garage, backs it into his house and drives away.

It's bad enough to have your car stolen, and right out of your garage, no less.

It's another thing all together to watch it happen, see the thief bash it into your house, and be helpless to stop it.

At 10:50 p.m. Thursday, a resident of the 2400 block of North 68th Street reported that he had just witnessed his car being stolen out of his garage before his very eyes.

He said he had just about to step out his back door to take his dog for a walk and saw his garage door wide open and the headlights and taillights of his car on.

The moment he stepped outside, he said, someone driving his car roared out in reverse and rammed into the corner of his house, then took off again.

The owner ran to his front door in time to see his blue 2007 Infiniti QX56 reverse into the street and then take off north, with its right rear corner badly smashed up.

He told police that the garage door had been closed just 20 minutes earlier, and officers found no signs of forced entry. The victim said he believed that somehow the car thief had used the remote garage door opener kept just inside the back door to his residence.

He said the car itself was unlocked and the keys to it were in the console. Inside the car, he said, were medical supplies and an iPad.

Unlocked cars in the driveway, belonging to two other residents of the duplex, were rifled, as was that of a neighbor. One also lost an iPad, case and accessories.

Another lost her wallet with numerous credit and gift cards. That woman said she thought she had locked the car, but her husband said he had been the last one in it and had left it unsecured.

The car had not yet been recovered as of Monday evening and so far have no suspects.

Lex Parsimoniae August 28, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Curious thing, seems every car that gets rummaged through these days, has an IPad taken. Are there so many idiots that just leave their $600 IPads overnight in their unlocked cars? More money, then sense...I guess. Or, is it something far more nefarious? Hmmmm.
Jim Price August 28, 2012 at 06:18 PM
It is indeed curious, Lex, that so many people still leave valuables in unlocked cars. What's even more curious, to me – in two car thefts reported over just four days (the one here, the other report to come) both were left unlocked and were started up and driven away with the keys, conveniently left by their owners in the center console.
sally September 03, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Yes that is very curious that all these IPads are getting stolen from these cars. I don't know, my pad is either in my purse or at home. I don't live in Milwaukee anymore. Thank God, and I was there a very long time, but I did learn that you can't trust anyone. When I park my car at night I lock the doors and NEVER leave the keys in it. That is just common sense. It's to bad that you cannot do what you want to do but it is what it is.


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