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Spree of car thefts and break-ins hits Waukesha County; Sheriff calls residents to be extra vigilant

Posted at 3:53 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 16:33:17-04

WAUKESHA COUNTY — A spree of car thefts and break-ins are sweeping through Waukesha County, as the Sheriff's Office calls residents to be vigilant in locking their vehicles and keeping track of valuable property.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that between Oct. 12 and Oct. 15 in the county, they have received "multiple" calls from residents reporting that suspects have broken into their cars - and in some cases, stolen the cars entirely.

The usual items are typically stolen, the Sheriff's Office explained, including money, credit cards, laptops and garage door openers. Those openers are sometimes used to gain entry to the garage of the resident.

The Office urges residents to lock their vehicles, even if it's parked in the driveway, and to remove all valuable items from vehicles. They also caution residents to lock their homes, as an added security measure.

Lt. Nicholas Ollinger with the Sheriff's Office shared three phone numbers you can call if you are a victim of auto thefts and burglaries in Waukesha County:

  • If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, you are asked to call (262) 446-5070. If it is an emergency please call 911.
  • If anyone has any information or camera footage of these unlawful events, you are asked to contact Detective Voigt at (262) 246-5228 or Detective Knipfer at (262) 896-8117.

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