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Cars at Intermodal station broken into over Thanksgiving weekend

Posted at 5:26 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 18:26:48-05

Milwaukee Police are investigating more than a dozen cases of cars being damaged or broken into near the intermodal station on St. Paul Avenue downtown. 

According to police, all of the vehicles were targeted over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

"Several of the cars had windows smashed out, and property was stolen from other vehicles.  Our investigation is ongoing," MPD said in an email Tuesday. 

Police declined to provide an exact number of how many vehicles were targeted. 

Steve Vowels said his car was broken into, and provided TODAY'S TMJ4 with photos of the damage. He said a window was smashed out, and the culprit(s) took his wife's prescription sunglasses. 

Nancy Ells, of Brookfield, said her vehicle was also targeted. 

According to Ells, vandals smashed out three of her SUV's windows, although nothing was taken from inside. She said the vehicle was parked in the lot across the street from the Intermodal station for several days during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

"I was just flabbergasted when I came back," Ells said. 

On Tuesday morning, commuters parking in the large lot just west of the Intermodal station were worried by the news of the recent vandalism. 

"My level of concern is raised," said Judith Johnson, of Marinette. 

Judith and her husband Wendel parked their car in the lot next to the Intermodal station before catching a train to Chicago. 

They said they were being careful to lock their vehicle and not leave any valuables inside and/or visible. 

"I'm not going to cancel my plans or anything, but I'm hoping they really ramp up their security and watch carefully," said Judith Johnson. 

The lots in the area are owned by private companies. At least one of them has a sign up informing drivers they are parking there at their own risk.