Fairview residents victimized by string of break-ins

Posted: 10:10 PM, Aug 02, 2017
Updated: 2017-08-03 14:19:28Z

A rash of break-ins in Milwaukee's Fairview neighborhood has home owners on high alert.  There were two burglaries and one armed robbery in the 2800 block of South 63rd Street in the middle of the day Tuesday.

One neighbor didn't want to answer when a stranger was ringing the doorbell and banging on the front door while she was inside with her two-month-old and her dog.

"I just thought about them and I would do anything to protect them," she said.

She then saw them backing up in her driveway.  The mom made sure her back door was locked, called 911 and stood in the hallway.  This time the pounding came from the back.

"I kind of turned and he saw me so when I turned back to look he was already running back to the car, but he stopped and put his hands on top of the car with a gun and I heard him yell something," she said. "I don't know if it was get back, go back."

Patricia Granger lives next door.  She saw the cops when she came home from work, but didn't realize the burglars hit her home too.

"All of a sudden I looked in towards the living room and there's all the framework from my front door on the floor," said Granger.

Her bedroom was ransacked.  Her jewelry box full of gifts from her late husband, including his wedding band, was gone.

"Everything off the dresser onto the floor," said Granger.

Across the street the Pinczkowski's came home to find their front window broken into.

"And went scavenging through our house and then they ended up in our bedroom," said Jerry Pinczkowski.

They found jewelry and cash missing.

"Creepy.  You've been invaded.  It's unbelievable to think someone was rummaging through your house, your personal things and in your drawers," said Donna Pinczkowski.

Neighbors feel violated.

"I just want them to really think about how they're hurting other people," Donna said.