Early-morning Shorewood crime spree has residents on edge

Two 16-year-olds are in custody

A crime spree in the north shore Wednesday has residents on edge. So far, two 16-year-olds are in custody after leading police on a high-speed chase.

Shorewood Police started getting the 911 calls around 7:00 a.m. All those calls were about car break-ins. Police say the suspects broke car windows to get inside cars. They believe it all happened between 6:30 and 7:15 a.m.

As police were investigating the break-ins, they were dispatched to an emergency call nearby about a strong-armed robbery. The suspects targeted a woman who was getting out of her car near Olsen and Wilson Avenues. They got away with her purse and took off in a dark SUV. 

A short time later, Milwaukee police squad noticed the SUV in question and started following it. The driver and occupant got out and started running. Police ran after them and took both 16-year-olds into custody.

"I get texts and e-mails letting me know about crime in the neighborhood, and honestly, it's constant," says Heidi Stein. "There are just tons of cars getting broken into."

Stein lives on Berkeley Boulevard, near the border of Shorewood and Whitefish Bay. Surveillance video recorded across the street from her house shows two teenagers going into the back area of the property, and looking into cars parked in the driveway Wednesday around 5 a.m. That's just hours before cars nearby were broken into

"That's really disturbing," she says. "Everyone just has to be really vigilant and observant."

Police have not said whether the two teenagers in the home surveillance video, are the ones in police custody.

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