GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Green Bay Police say they have developed a pattern of home burglaries and thefts in the city.
Over the past 21 days, the department has received more than 33 home burglary complaints and 39 theft from car complaints. (See maps below, click on maps to enlarge image.)
Here’s the breakdown:
- 24 home burglaries on the east side
- 9 home burglaries on the west side
- 25 theft from vehicles on the east side
- 14 theft from vehicles on the west side
More often than not, thefts reported to Green Bay Police involve unlocked cars and homes, but the most recent robberies are very different—the thief breaking in to steal small valuables. “What we see is these burglars are entering these homes or entering these cars and taking items that they can put in their pockets. Change. Jewelry. Small valuables. Then going onto the next burglary,” Captain Kevin Warych told Action 2 News.
“We’ve seen a lot of cut screens and that is a similar pattern that we are seeing among all the victims- where someone will leave a window open in their house and they’ll cut the screen. Open up the window and gain entry. So it’s very alarming,” Warych said.
“Most of them are during the work day,” said Dan Theno, president of the Oak Grove Neighborhood Association. Oak Grove was one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in the recent Green Bay robbery rash.
“We think that it’s some people going around the neighborhoods knocking on doors, seeing if anybody’s home, and then if they don’t get an answer they go into the home and do the robbery,” said Theno. “We’ve got to make sure that we’re watching out for each other and reporting suspicious activity to the police department.”
Police recommend securing your home and locking vehicles, staying vigilant, and watching out for your neighbors.
“As a community, we need to watch out for one another,” said Chief Andrew Smith. “We will work tirelessly until the person(s) responsible for this are caught.”
If you see something suspicious, contact police or Crime Stoppers:
- (920) 432-STOP
- Text GBTIP plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).