More than 50 cars broken into overnight in Brown Deer; police seek suspects

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BROWN DEER, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Brown Deer Police Department is looking for suspects after more than 50 cars were broken into during the overnight hours from Oct. 24-25.

Police say unknown actors targeted vehicles parked at businesses and residences along N. Green Bay and W. Brown Deer roads.

Surveillance video we obtained from Brown Deer police puts the suspected vandals in a red car and silver SUV. Victims from a parking lot on Green Bay Road estimate the crime spree happened around 5 a.m.

"One of my neighbors knocked on my door and said 'Lu, you better go check your car, because they got about 12-13 cars,'" said Luzenia Riley.

Vehicles in the Green Court Apartments lot belong to seniors and residents with disabilities. 

Apartment management helped victims tape up their windows until they can get them fixed.

"Well I think it's terrible they come to a senior citizen house. People here are in bad health and that's probably the only transportation to get around to go places," said Jerry Matthews, whose car was damaged.

"A lot of us have like a $500 deductible," said David Crowley, whose car was also damaged. "So it costs about $350 to get it fixed, so it comes out of our own pocket."

The window on Crowley's Chrysler didn't break, but you can see just how many times someone tried to bust it in.

"I was among the lucky ones, you know, at least they didn't take the car," Crowley said.

"It appeared that the main purpose was to cause damage to as many vehicles as possible," police said, "while ignoring most of the property contained within the vehicles."

The Brown Deer Police Department is increasing patrols in the area and is asking the public to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

Anyone with surveillance footage or information is asked to contact Brown Deer PD at 414-371-2900 or via email at stopcrime@bdpolice.org.

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