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More Than a Dozen Vehicles Entered Friday Night

Twelve vehicles were hit on Bay Ridge and Kent avenues, but police did catch a suspect entering a car on Elkhart Avenue during the same time period.

More than a dozen vehicles were entered overnight Friday in the west end of Whitefish Bay.

The good news is Whitefish Bay police were able to catch one man in the act.

According to Whitefish Bay police reports, an officer caught a 20-year-old Milwaukee man walking into yards, looking in vehicles, and eventually entering a vehicle parked in a driveway in the 4800 block of North Elkhart Avenue at 11:53 p.m. Friday.

The man was arrested for theft, receiving stolen property and loitering.

Whitefish Bay Police Chief Michael Young, who was sworn in today, said the department is investigating the suspect's potential link to other recent auto entries in the village, including 12 auto entries over the weekend on Bay Ridge Avenue and Kent Avenue:

  • A cell phone, house keys, car keys, two flash drives, and possibly a check book were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 5400 block of Bay Ridge Avenue sometime between 9:30 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • A $250 camera, medallion and two keys were stolen from a vehicle parked in the 6100 block of Kent Avenue sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. Saturday.
  • Two unlocked vehicles in the 6000 block of Bay Ridge Avenue were entered between 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. The vehicles were entered but nothing was reported stolen.

  • Loose change was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 6100 block of Kent Avenue early Saturday morning.

  • A purse and wallet were stolen from an unlocked car parked in the 5500 block of Bay Ridge Avenue sometime between 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

  • Two unlocked vehicles were entered and rummaged through in the 5500 block of Bay Ridge Avenue between 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

  • Two vehicles parked in the street in the 6100 block of Bay Ridge Avenue were rummaged through sometime before 9 a.m. Saturday. Nothing was reported missing.
  • Loose change was stolen from the glove box of an unlocked car parked in a driveway in the 5700 block of Bay Ridge Avenue sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

  • An unlocked vehicle was entered in the 6000 block of Bay Ridge Avenue  sometime between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday. The vehicle was rifled through but nothing was stolen.
  • A briefcase containing checkbooks and financial papers was stolen from an unlocked in the 5500 block of Bay Ridge Avenue sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.
Daisy November 12, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Whitefish Bay is ripe for this type of crime because so many people leave their doors unlocked. C'mon, people. Lock your doors!!
Marvin Mason November 13, 2012 at 12:16 AM
I'm starting to like that there are so many other EASY targets in the village. I lock my car doors. So many others to pick from.
Bob McBride November 13, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Maybe if we declared an unlocked car containing valuables an "attractive nuisance" we could fine the owners accordingly for the costs associated with having the police department deal with the "thefts".

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