Woman witnesses car break-ins in Riverwest neighborhood

Posted at 11:02 AM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 18:26:57-04

A Milwaukee woman was startled to witness a pair of cars break-ins early Monday morning in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood.

Naomi Grant had just returned home to the area of Bremen and Wright Streets following a graveyard shift at work.

"It was about 4:10 or 4:15 a.m.," she said.

Grant said after she parked her vehicle she noticed a dark, older model sedan pull up on the same block of Bremen Street.

According to Grant, a man got out of the vehicle and began pulling on car doors.

He and a second suspect eventually opened the doors on two vehicles, ransacked them, and removed items from inside, Grant said.

She said both men were African-American, at least 6'-0" tall, with slender/slim builds.

The alleged crimes unfolded as Grant and a passenger sat in her vehicle hoping to not be noticed.

"I was like, are they going to try with my car next? And see me in here? I didn't know if they were armed," she said.

According to Milwaukee police, officers are searching for at least two suspects in connection with this case.

MPD said it's still looking into what items were taken from the cars, and whether the vehicles were damaged.

After the suspects drove off, Grant pursued them and took down a license plate number, 242-YGY, which she passed along to police.

Grant knows following the men was risky, but said she was just trying to be a good neighbor.

"The last I saw them was heading west on Hadley, and then the dispatcher told me to just stop following them because they didn't want anything to happen to me," Grant said.

"You have people everywhere who are going to do some bad and some good," she added. "But in the end, the question is, what are you going to do about it? You know?"

In a statement, a spokesperson for MPD said it's not advisable for citizens to put themselves in harm's way if they observe a crime.

"We ask them to report any pertinent information available from a safe location," police said.