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Thieves steal property from unlocked cars, garages in AntigoSubmitted: 04/29/2015
Story By Ben Meyer

Thieves steal property from unlocked cars, garages in Antigo
ANTIGO - Police in Antigo blame warmer weather for an increase in stolen property lately. In the last few weeks, the Antigo Police Department has gotten more reports of stolen property, especially from cars and garages.

"We're seeing a lot of unlocked vehicles, a lot of unlocked garages," said Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller. "It makes things worse because they're easy access for thieves to get into."

It may be tempting to leave cars unlocked in small northern Wisconsin communities like Antigo. But police officers want people to lock their cars. They also believe the public has an important role to play when it comes to stopping thefts.

"Call us if you see different--[like] two in the morning, and you see a group of kids walking, or a couple people walking in places they shouldn't be, coming down driveways or in backyards," Roller said. "Give us a call."

The thieves haven't forced their way into many cars or garages. They seem to only target ones that are already unlocked.

If you see anything or anyone suspicious, you can contact the Antigo Police Department at 715-627-6411.

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