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Greendale Police: Thieves steal a dozen tires from cars parked in underground parking structure

GREENDALE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- If you live in an apartment, you might think your vehicle is safe in an underground parking structure. But the secluded environment might convince some thieves to act more brazenly.

That's what happened in Greendale overnight where thieves got away with about a dozen tires. Police were called to The Greenbelt apartments early Monday morning after residents found multiple vehicles on blocks.

"I walked out of the elevator and said 'It looks like someone is down here stealing tires' because all these tires were removed. But I thought it might be one resident who happened to be getting their tires changed," resident Sarah Sandy said.

Sandy says she's creeped out because it's possible the thieves were actually in the parking area when she went down late sunday night.

"Cause it's kind of hard to take tires. You know, they had to be out there scoping it out and watching, you know?" Sandy said.

We reached out to building management for comment but they did not respond. However, CBS 58 News has obtained an email sent to all residents which reads in part: “We have taken some extra measures and spoken to the police multiple times today. Please do not be alarmed if you see police patrolling the property tonight, on foot or in their vehicles…”

Police say the theft could have happened anytime between 5:30 p.m. Sunday and around 4 a.m. on Monday. Also, building management gives no mention if any security camera video exists.

That's prompting Sandy to call for a complete safety review.

"Once they got in that garage thing they had easy access to anybody's apartment. You know, they could just go right in," Sandy said.

Resident also are guessing this is the work of multiple people because of the number of tires that were stolen. Greendale police are asking people give them a call if they know anything about what happened.

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