Police Beat: Thieves Break Into 3 Vehicles In As Many Days

A fourth incident involved the theft of catalytic converters from work vehicles in Falls.

Thefts from automobiles tend to occur in streaks in Menomonee Falls, and last wee was one such streak.

Over the past week, the Menomonee Falls Police Department responded to four incidents involving theft from an automobile. In 2011, – many from unlocked vehicles.  Police are not ruling out that the most recent thefts from automobiles could be related.

The first reported theft occurred sometime between 10:15 p.m. and 11 p.m. Sept. 7. The suspect used an unknown pry tool to break the window of a car parked in the lot. The suspect stole a cell phone, credit cards, and a social security card.

The following day, between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 8, an unknown suspect smashed the driver’s side window of a vehicle parked outside of the and stole a purse that was in the trunk.

Police believe there could be a link between the incidents at Pick’n Save and North Hills. 

Two days later, a second theft was reported to have occurred between 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. on the W13000 block of Woodale Court. The suspect entered the victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole $300 in cash from a purse that was concealed underneath clothing on the front seat.

A fourth incident occurred sometime between Sept. 7 and Sept. 10. A suspect stole three catalytic converters from work vans parked at Burton & Mayer Inc., W140N9000 Lilly Rd.

If you have any information about the four incidents, please call the police department at (262) 532-8700.

Also in the reports:

  • A 23-year-old Milwaukee woman was cited for possession of marijuana Sept. 5 after police pulled her over at Hiawatha Avenue and Menomonee Avenue.
  • At 3:12 p.m. Sept. 7, a 28-year-old woman was caught attempting to steal two bottles of vodka by concealing them in her purse from Woodman’s. Store security detained her and police later arrested her. The woman had two prior convictions for retail theft.





Cx2plusE@aol.com September 12, 2012 at 10:42 AM
How can you leave valuables in a car ?
Awake! September 12, 2012 at 11:44 AM
@ Chris...yea...that's it blame the victims...good job...if you think back a few years there was a time when u could leave just about anything in your car...unlocked...and no one stole your stuff...i was born in the late '60's and even I can remember those days...but blaming the victims...that's lame chris...lame...
Kristine September 12, 2012 at 02:21 PM
He's not blaming the victims, but "common sense" tells you not to leave valuables in your car - this is not the 60's Dave (unfortunately) - we live in a time where you have to "think like a thief"
Craig September 13, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Those of us who remember the 90's can say it was common to leave doors unlocked and keys in the car. Things are different today. Used to be people feared being arrested for a crime, today they plea bargain for a slap on the wrist.
Fred Wordell September 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Yes, and I was born at night but not last night. Lock your doors, take your valuables with you and get smart! O/W, put a sign on your windshield-"bad guys, look here."


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