Shorewood — Shorewood Police Chief Peter Nimmer will address the village board next week about a string of seven burglaries in the past month, as well as other recent crime data.
Shorewood police believe the suspects involved in the seven recent burglaries in the area are targeting unoccupied homes, where no lights are left on, mail is visible in the mailbox and packages are left outside the front door of the home. Shorewood police are beefing up patrols in affected areas, and by coordinating with neighboring police departments, have identified possible suspects.
Nimmer believes one burglary is too many, but also notes that the village's 2016 crime statistics were low compared to previous years. Shorewood had 30 burglaries last year, including six in December. That is the second-lowest burglary count in the past 10 years. The village reported 31 burglaries in 2015, 37 in 2014 and a high of 53 in 2008.
Nimmer will present 2016 crime statistics, as well as unveil a new web platform for police reporting, at the next Shorewood Village Board meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in the court room at Village Hall, 3930 N. Murray Ave.
Here's a rundown of recent burglaries in the village:
- Electronics and a small safe were taken from a home in the 4100 block of Newhall Street between 4 p.m. Jan. 4 and 1 p.m. Jan. 7.
- Damage was done to a coin-operated laundry machine and the basement door of an apartment building in the 4000 block of North Morris Boulevard the night of Jan. 7. A resident observed a man exiting the laundry area of the basement with prying tools protruding from his pocket. Nothing of value was obtained
- Money and jewelry were taken from a home in the 4300 block of Lake Drive between 10 a.m. Dec. 28 and 9 p.m. on Dec. 29. The burglar is suspected of entering the home through the rear door of the attached garage.
- An unknown person trespassed and caused damaged to the front door of a house in the 2200 block of Kensington Boulevard between 10:45 p.m. Dec. 30 and 6:40 a.m. Dec. 31. There is no indication that the house was entered or that property was stolen.
- Someone entered a garage in the 4400 block of Marlborough Drive, but nothing was taken. The time and date of the burglary is not known.
- A burglar broke into a home and detached garage in the 4500 block of Woodburn Street. The time and date of the burglary is not known.
- A burglar forced a rear door open and entered an unoccupied home in the 4200 block of Larkin Street between 12:45 p.m. and 12:53 p.m. on Dec. 20.
- Another home in the 4200 block of Larkin Street was burglarized between 7:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 16. A door was also forced open in this burglary.