Two Fox Point homes were burglarized in late September while the owners slept just rooms away.
A woman in the 7100 block of North Fairchild Circle called Fox Point police about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 29 when she caught the burglar running from her home.
The homeowner told police she was at a friends house earlier in the evening on and returned home about 10 p.m., according to the police report. She said she stayed up and watched TV for awhile before going to bed. At 11:30 p.m., she was awakened by her dog loudly barking, which was unusual, she told police.
She immediately got out of bed and began walking toward the kitchen when she saw someone walking quickly toward the door in the sun room and leave, the police report said. She ran to the sun room door, locked it, and ran back to call 911. She said the suspect was wearing dark clothing and looked like he had a hat on.
According to the report, she didn't immediately notice anything out of place or missing, but the following day discovered whoever was in her home had made off with $2,700 worth of camera equipment:
- Cannon EOS 60D camera, $1,500
- Cannon lens EF-S18-135/3.5-5.6 IS, $400
- Cannon lens, 50mm 1.4, $500
- Jill – E camera bag 12x14, $50
- Miscellaneous batteries, lens covers and other accessories, $250
She told police the camera had a handmade, pink camera strap.
The report said the homeowner and her family frequently let the dog out through the sun room, often leaving the door unlocked. Police canvassed the neighborhood but didn't find anyone.
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The following day, another Fox Point home was victimized through an unlocked door, this time in the 200 block of East Fox Dale Road.
The homeowners called police about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 30 to report that someone had come into their home through an unlocked rear door, removed car keys, a wallet containing various credit cards and $1,000, and stolen their car, the police report said.
Police investigated and found the victims' credit cards were used at two Milwaukee gas stations and to make several purchases online. On Oct. 1, about 3:20 p.m., their vehicle was recovered in Milwaukee parked along the roadside.
More burglaries across the North Shore
The North Shore area has been hit with a series of recent burglaries, including others where residents were home.
Nine homes in just two weeks were targeted in Shorewood — all of which allowed the burglar entry through an unlocked door. An arrest was made in one burglary but it's not yet clear if that suspect is connected to other incidents.
It's a similar story in Whitefish Bay where the burglar cut a window screen to get inside while the homeowners slept.
Fox Point police are still investigating, along with the Whitefish Bay, Shorewood and Milwaukee police departments.