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Manitowoc police offer security advice after 'rash' of vehicle break-ins, stolen property

Posted at 7:24 PM, Jul 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-11 20:26:40-04

MANITOWOC, Wis. (NBC 26) — After an influx of vehicle entries in Manitowoc, Police Sergeant Paul Krock is reminding residents to roll the windows up and lock the doors.

"We don't see a lot where the suspects are breaking out windows," he said. "It's typically that crime of opportunity where they're finding an open door handle, valuables inside."

Sometimes, Krock says suspects can take anything from keys to cash to computers.

The Manitowoc Police Department reports the majority of the recent vehicle entries occurred within a five-block radius of South 35th Street and MacArthur Drive.

Police have identified two suspects who may be behind the break-ins.

"Because we were able to catch up with those individuals, we were able to locate some of the property that was stolen," Krock said.

Luckily for recent victims, police say most of the recovered items have been matched to complaints.

"We are able to track down the rightful owner because they did call the police department, make a stolen property report," Krock said. "So it's always good when we can return that property to its rightful owner."

But on Monday, police are passing along advice so that the next crime of opportunity isn't you.

"Parking in well-lit areas, removing all valuables from your vehicle are big steps you can take to prevent yourself from becoming a victim," Krock said.

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