In a brazen break-in, a Wauwatosa home was roamed from top to bottom Tuesday with more than $3,600 in property taken from nearly every room after the thief or thieves simply crashed through the front door.
At 6:50 p.m., a couple and their son living in the 10300 block of West Ruby Avenue reported that at some time between 8:45 a.m. and 6:15 p.m., someone had broken into the home and stolen several TVs, game consoles and other items.
The son had come home from track practice in the evening but had entered through the garage and did not notice the front door had been broken open. He went first to the basement and immediately saw that the family’s TV was missing from its stand and that his Xbox game system was gone.
Going upstairs, he also found a TV missing from the kitchen and the TV, DVD player and Nintendo Wii system missing from the living room.
He called his parents and then went to pick up his father from work. His father called police after they arrived home.
A further careful search revealed more missing items including an iPad that had been in the kitchen, a diamond necklace and camera from the parent’s bedroom and a game player from the boy’s bedroom.
In all, the property stolen was estimated to be worth $3,610.
According to the police report, the front door had been entered by force with the wooden door frame broken to the point that the door swung open with the deadbolt lock still intact.