It seems thefts from vehicles are occuring in bunches in Menomonee Falls, and last week residents in the village were again the targets of a rash of thefts. Incidents are described below; see a map here.
Between 2:30 a.m. and 5:14 a.m. July 12, thieves entered numerous unlocked vehicles at four different residences along Bay Ridge Court. Cash and electronics were stolen from the cars, and no suspect information was gathered from the scene.
That same night, a thief broke the passenger side window of a vehicle and stole several items worth $585 dollars at 2:30 a.m. in the W13000 block of Crestwood Drive. This time, a neighbor witnessed a suspect entering the vehicle, and described the suspect as a white male with a shaved head wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt.
Also on July 12, a GPS unit valued at $100 was stolen from an unlocked Dodge Journey parked in the driveway of a home in the 13670 block of Ranch Road. An unlocked Chevrolet Blazer in the driveway was also rummaged through, but nothing was stolen.
The spree reached the W16000 block of Lavergne Court as well that same night. A victim reported his Garmin and satellite radio were stolen from his unlocked vehicle parked in his driveway.
Lastly, but in no particular order, an unlocked Chevrolet Impala was ransacked and numerous items were stolen from the vehicle on the W13000 block of Daylily Dr.
Over the past several months, thefts from vehicles have been occuring in bunches in different neighborhoods throughout the village. A majority of the thefts are from unlocked vehicles. Last month, Menomonee Falls Patch tracking the locations of unlocked vehicles that were ransacked.
On June 24, were ransacked in one night.
The Menomonee Falls Police Department offers the following tips to safeguard your property:
- Remove all valuables from the vehicle: wallets, purses, laptops, cell phones, iPods, etc.
- Lock your vehicles
- Illuminate the exterior of your house/garage if possible.
Police ask residents to report all entries to vehicles — no matter what type of items were taken. Reporting these crimes can help police target areas and help to establish a time frame for the occurrences — without your reports, police will not know of the crime that is occurring.
If you have any questions or information regarding these thefts, please contact the Menomonee Falls Police Department (262) 532-8700.