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At least 17 reported car break-ins or vandalism hit the Wausau areaSubmitted: 06/22/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

At least 17 reported car break-ins or vandalism hit the Wausau area
- In the last week, more than a dozen people in the Wausau area found their cars damaged or broken into.

In a span of six days, at least 17 vehicles were either keyed, had windows bashed in or had stuff stolen from them.

"Some weirdo doings some weirdo stuff that's how I look at it," said Jon Radtke who lives in the neighborhood where items were stolen from a handful of unlocked cars."It's kind of (strange) for this area. We really don't have a lot of problems in the area."

Last Friday, two vehicles parked at the East High Apartments on Street and Adams Street and three more just down the street were broken into.

"We're working on who [is doing] this," said Wausau Police Officer Brian Burkhardt.

He says a few days after the break-ins around 7th Street; he received calls of 12 cars being vandalized, nothing stolen just vandalized.

"These damages were throughout the city so we imagine its multiple people and they were not on foot due to the large area they covered in one night," said Burkhardt.
Burkhardt can't be sure yet, but he thinks the break-ins and the damaged cars are connected.
"They just changed gears, they weren't having any luck stealing items so now there are...in their words out to have fun," said Burkhardt.

Until the suspects are caught Burkhardt reminds everyone to lock their doors and take all valuables inside.

"You can't 100 percent secure your vehicle but you can make it as unappealing of a target as possible," said Burkhardt.

Its advice Jon Radtke is sure to take to heart.

"A little common sense is all that it takes," said Radtke.

Burkhardt says each summer the department sees a spike in vehicle break-ins but this is the first time they've seen so many in such a short period of time.

So far, the estimated damaged value from all the cars is $10,000.



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