Man puts up signs warning neighbors of break-ins
Rock County Sheriff's Office is investigating
MILTON TOWNSHIP, Wis. — Residents in Milton Township said they are concerned after a series of car break-ins, and one man has put up signs to warn his neighbors.
Residents in a neighborhood east of Edgerton said they believe as many as 20 cars and open garages in the Mallwood neighborhood have been hit by thieves.
After some items were stolen from his vehicle, Milton Township resident Ryan Suchanek put up signs letting his neighbors know about the crimes.
“I went out to my truck and it was broke into. Things were torn apart. I’m missing an assault rifle, a bunch of money and a GPS,” Suchanek said. “I figured everybody needs to know.”
Suchanek said he believes the items were taken in after 11 p.m. Sunday night. He said others in the neighborhood also had items stolen.
“On Facebook I saw one of my buddies had been robbed. They took a stereo out of his truck that didn’t even work,” Suchanek said.
Capt. Jude Maurer, of the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, said authorities have only received two reports of thefts and one report of vandalism in the area in the last 72 hours.
He said the Rock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Suchanek case.
“It was enough for them to actually take fingerprints. They got some, and I’m hoping that turns out, but you never know,” Suchanek said.
Dennis Ellifson, with the Mallwood Improvement Association, said the signs are causing concern.
“Just a few phone calls inquiring where this is coming from, where this is at and what it’s about,” Ellifson said.
With a mixture of year-round residents and some people there just for the summer, Ellifson said the neighborhood has had trouble with break-ins in the past.
He said the Sheriff’s Office reached out to residents about three months ago and stepped up patrols in the area.
“Anything that comes up, feel free to call the Sheriff’s Office at a moment’s notice because that’s what they want. They want those calls. They want to get out here as fast as they can,” Ellifson said.
Suchanek said that by informing his neighbors, he’s hoping to curb future crime in the area.
“I work hard for what I have, and when people come in and steal that, I have a problem with that,” Suchanek said.
Residents will have an opportunity to express their concerns with the Mallwood Improvement Association at 9 a.m. on July 21.
Until then, board members are advising people to lock their doors and keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles in the area.
The Sheriff’s Office is advising anyone who may have been a victim or anyone with information about the thefts to come forward.