Burglar steals Shorewood couple's car from closed garage

Posted at 6:54 AM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 08:14:25-05

Police say a couple in Shorewood came home to find their car had been stolen right out of the garage.

It happened sometime on Saturday between 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at a home near Morris Boulevard and Capitol Drive.

"Could have been a lot worse I guess, but very scary still," said the homeowner Zac, who asked us to only use his first name.

Zac says he and his wife couldn't sleep the night this brazen crime took place, so soon after they moved into their new house.

"We were downtown, went to a play, went to dinner and came back and noticed that the back door was open," he said.

According to police, the thief or thieves broke into the couple's home using the back door. The suspect or suspects then found the garage door opener and used that to steal Zac's Dodge Charger. Zac says they also took various items from their home.

"Obviously we moved to Shorewood thinking that it's one of the safer neighborhoods and the folks in our neighborhood have been here 20, 30, 40 years some of them," he said. "I think everybody, from talking to them this morning, the neighborhood is pretty shaken by it."

Especially after a carjacking took place one block west of Zac's home three weeks ago. In that incident, police say three men stole a car at gunpoint.

And less than three weeks ago, a 19-year-old woman was approached by two men near Maryland Avenue and Menlo. Of the men struck the woman before they stole her purse.

In Zac's case, he says police were able to collect fingerprints from his house and he hopes that helps police find them.

"Our keys were not in the car, all the doors were locked and it still happened," he said. "You know we have lights on the porch... and it still happened so I think you just have to be vigilant and do what you can to keep yourself safe."