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'It's upsetting': Amtrak commuters upset after thieves break into cars

Posted at 9:03 PM, Dec 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-06 08:11:12-05

Police released video of people breaking into dozens of cars near Milwaukee's Intermodal Station downtown over the weekend.  

Tuesday night glass was still on the ground in the parking lot west of the station on St. Paul Avenue.  Police were also noticeably patrolling the area.

"That's new so within the last few weeks there will be like cops like sitting around in the morning when I get here so that makes me feel a little bit better," said Kim Keehan, a commuter.

New surveillance video shows the thieves running through the lot, smashing windows and canvassing vehicles.

"It looks like they're just doing it for fun I guess, which is just insane that people have nothing better to do," Keehan said.

"It's upsetting to see that you can't park your car outside especially around the holidays without it being safe," said Marquita Griffin, an Amtrak user.

The last two weekends vandals targeted cars near the Amtrak station.  They hit about a dozen the first time and close to 40 this last time.

"Unfortunately this is the season, people looking at freebies," said Lloid Davis, a commuter.

Commuters who use the lot on a daily basis appreciate the increased police presence but aren't sure it's enough.

"These thieves are kind of smart they kind of know when they're going to be there and when they're not," Davis said.

However, drivers aren't left with many options.

"If you can't park in here safely like where are you supposed to put your car," Keehan said.

"There's nothing else we can do, but take our chances unfortunately," Davis said.