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Police Reports: Rashes of Car and Garage Entries Reported

Police are looking at a dozen recent incidents as related.

Saturday

Two residents in the 2600 block of Harding Boulevard and another in the 2400 block reported that sometime since Friday evening someone had entered their unlocked cars while they were parked in their driveways. One reported the loss of a GPS unit; the other two lost only change.

A Milwaukee woman employed at Dry Goods store at reported that some time between 6:50 and 9:50 p.m. while she was at work someone entered her unlocked locker and stolen her credit cards from her purse, and then made more than $500 in fraudulent purchases.

A West Allis woman reported that at 7:35 p.m. someone had stolen her cell phone while she was at work at the , 2420 N. 124th St. She said she had been monitoring a large group of youths playing basketball and had set her phone down for a moment to take a shot. When she looked back, her phone was gone.

A manager at , 3900 N. 124th St., reported that after receiving a call from another store that Milwaukee police had arrested a 51-year-old Milwaukee man for theft there, she reviewed security tapes and saw the same suspect stealing $180 worth of baby formula on Wednesday. Wauwatosa police contacted MPD but it was not known whether the man was still in custody.

At 3:12 p.m., a resident of the 1200 block of Martha Washington Drive reported that some time since 8 p.m. Friday someone had entered his unlocked, detached garage and stolen a women’s bicycle. At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, a resident of the 6200 block of Upper Parkway North had reported a suspicious character going through the rear yards of homes in the Washington Highlands and riding a women’s bike of similar description. Police identified 12 separate incidents of auto and garage entries recently that they feel may be related to this report.

A Menomonee Falls woman reported that some time between 11 a.m. and 2:10 p.m., while she was at the and parked in the 10200 block of West Wisconsin Avenue, someone smashed in a window of her car and stole her purse. Her credit cards were used to make four unauthorized purchases before she could cancel them.

A resident of the 2200 block of North 62nd Street reported that at 5:10 a.m., someone had tried to enter his car while it was parked in his driveway, setting off its alarm. He said that the lock on his driver’s door is faulty and cannot be locked, but the alarm will go off if it is opened. He did not see anyone leaving the scene.

Friday

A Waukesa resident reported that some time between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. while he was inside Mayfair Mall someone entered his car and stole a bag containing his iPad. There was no sign of force used to enter the car, leading police and the owner to believe the car had inadvertently been left unlocked.

Thursday

At 9:53 p.m., police were called to at Mayfair to arrest an employee for theft for illegally discounting merchandise. A store investigation of the 18-year-old Milwaukee man revealed he had been discounting items for friends for months, and on Thursday evening he had discounted prices for sales to two customers by a total of $420.51. His two friends, a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old, both from Milwaukee, were also arrested because besides taking the discounts they also took and concealed several other items of clothing and tried to leave without paying anything for them.

Wednesday

At 7:03 p.m., a 57-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested for drunken driving, first offense, after he pulled in front of another car at West Wisconsin Avenue and North 97th Street and was hit. The investigating officer said he smelled alcohol on the man’s breath and his speech was slurred. He registered a .07 blood alcohol content on a breath test, just below the restricted level, but he also admitted he was taking prescription medications. He suffered a small cut that did not require medical attention. The driver of the car other car was not injured.

JustMe February 07, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Wauwatosa is right next to Milwaukee, what do you expect? Lock your cars!
Dirk February 07, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Inevitable. Glendale and Tosa.
Jim Price February 07, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Some people recommend locking your car at all times. Some people (and police departments) recommend leaving your car unlocked so the perps don't break your windows to get in and look. But everybody recommends – don't leave valuable property in your car even for a few minutes, much less overnight in your dark driveway. My car has been rifled several times, but I've never lost anything because I've never left anything worth taking, except some James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt CDs. For some reason, the thieves aren't interested in those gems.
pupdog1 February 07, 2012 at 05:19 AM
James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt would annoy to be sure, but this is a crisis. Let's get our aldercritters to install loudspeakers on the fancy lamp posts starting at 60th and North. Next, we broadcast Slim Whitman classics 24/7. Ghetto predators with combs and shotguns would never make it to KFC or Radio Shack because their heads would explode. At the very least, they would be convulsing and drooling uncontrollably by the time they got to Longfellow or Mayfair. The few that survive would crawl back and warn their friends.
Jim Price February 07, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Slim Whitman? Pup, that would drive EVERYONE away. How about North Avenue broadcasts The Boss and some Aretha, R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Get the avenue in a groove.
joey February 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM
put a snare trap, the type with serrated teeth commonly used to snare coyote and fox, in a dark spot in your car. secure the trap to the seat frame, so the sluggo has to struggle to get his hand removed from your trap. with any luck, the thief will lose a few fingers while rifling through your car. the only way to take back our neighborhoods is to go on the offensive.

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