NEW BREMEN — An area village recently fell victim to a rash of car break-ins.
New Bremen Police Officers received 10 incident reports from residents who had their vehicles entered and items stolen on Thursday, Sept. 15.
“They all happened during one night,” New Bremen Police Chief Doug Harrod said. “They were between late on the 14th and early on the 15th.”
Harrod said he was not sure who was responsible for the break-ins, whether the person is from the area or from out of town.
“I would imply it was the same person or persons on all of them,” he said.
Harrod noted all of the targeted cars were unlocked at the time.
“They would find unlocked cars and they would go through them and take anything of value — mostly loose change,” he said. “They all were unlocked.”
The first reported incident occurred at 1:36 a.m., with a resident on North Franklin Street reporting the break-in happened between 10:30 p.m. and 1:15 a.m., with the only item he noted being taken as Altoid breath mints.
The next break-in was reported at 7:30 a.m., with a resident on North Walnut Street reporting he had a CD boombox stolen from his car, as well as an additional break-in on North Walnut Street that was also reported at 7:30 a.m., with the resident’s wallet containing credit cards and an ID being stolen.
The next break-in was reported at 9:17 a.m., with a resident on South Main Street reporting he had a pocket knife and a pair of gloves taken from his pickup sometime between 9 p.m. the previous night and 7:45 that morning, followed by another break-in on South Main Street reported at 9:25 a.m., which the resident noted approximately $10 in change and dollar bills was taken from his car.
The next break-in was reported at 10:35 a.m., with a resident on South Franklin Street who noted an “unknown amount of change” and two pairs of sunglasses were stolen from her vehicle, followed by the next break-in reported at 11:09 a.m., with “a number of items being stolen” from the car on Pearl Street, such as a CD case containing approximately 200 CDs, a Bluetooth headset, a Zippo lighter, a pocket knife and a pocket ash tray.
The next incident was reported at 12:49 p.m., with a resident on East Monroe Street advising an iPod and an FM transmitter were stolen from her vehicle during the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 10 a.m.
The next break-in was reported at 4 p.m., with a resident on South Franklin Street noting someone stole her black leather work back that held her driver’s license, credit card, cash and a stethoscope, between the hours of 8:45 p.m. and 5 a.m.
According to the report, the resident also noted she found the center console and glove department was open and all of their contents were on the passenger seat.
The last incident was reported at 10:10 p.m., when a resident on South Main Street noted it looked like someone went through her car, with nothing being taken but items thrown all over, sometime between 7:30 p.m. and noon.
Harrod noted the village doesn’t normally see the large amount of car break-ins as it did that day, but they still happen.
“You need to lock your car,” he said. “When you leave your car, you need to lock it.”
It’s not just their cars, he added.
“People need to not only lock their cars, but also their houses,” he said.
“One of the problems of a small community or small town is people think it won’t happen to them, but it does. You need to lock your house, your car and secure your property.”