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Crime of the Week: Tool Thefts from Sturtevant Garages

Sturtevant Police want residents to be on the lookout, lock their garages, and call in any tips to Crime Stoppers of Racine County. There might be a reward!

Editor's Note: Welcome to the first edition of our Crime of the Week. Periodically, Patch will feature a case or series of cases from Mount Pleasant or Sturtevant.

Several Sturtevant residents are missing a variety of tools after an enterprising thief disabled security lights and garage doors to reduce sight and sound to steal tools from village garages.

According to police reports furnished by the Sturtevant Police Department, the thefts started on April 3 in the 2900 Block of 97th Street. The list of missing items includes: a welder, air wrenches, a code reader, vice grips, generator, battery charger, arm puller, wheel puller, tap and die set, saw kit, hydraulic jack, wrench and sockets sets.

Another crime followed on April 4 in the 2800 block of 90th Street. The homeowner reported stolen: a miter saw, cut off tool, floor jack, battery charger, drill, air hammer, trows, and socket set.

The third theft took place on April 14 in the 2900 block of 96th Street. Two items, a drill and a nail gun, were reported stolen.

"There has been a rash of thefts from unlocked garages that appear to be taking place at night," said Sturtevant Police Chief Sean Marschke. "Our department would suggest keeping garages locked."

Anyone with information about these crimes can leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (262)636-9330, via email through the website www.racine.crimestoppersweb.com or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) and typing in RACS with your text message. Tips leading to arrest could mean a reward.

Paula Miller April 18, 2012 at 03:30 AM
My dads shed was broken in to Sunday night. They took no less than$2000 worth of tools. But he lives in Franklin.
Kim April 18, 2012 at 01:49 PM
We notice our "barn" shed door was open in the wee hours of Sunday. Our gate leading to the backyard was open as well. Nothing seems to be missing but I think we'll call the police department to report it anyways.

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