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Three high-end vehicles stolen after keys snatched from locked valet box at Bacchus restaurant

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MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police are investigating after three high-end vehicles were stolen near one of Milwaukee's high-end restaurants -- the Bacchus restaurant on E. Wells Street.

The vehicle thefts happened around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3rd.

The thieves were able to make off with an Audi, a Lincoln SUV and a Ford Escape. Along with the keys for the vehicles, the suspects got away with much more.

Bacchus restaurant

Bacchus restaurant

Kelli Beyer was with her husband, a local doctor, trying to recruit another doctor from out of town to move to Milwaukee on Tuesday evening. They visited Bacchus -- and as they were leaving, they learned three vehicles had been stolen, and their vehicle was one of them.

"A little disappointing. We really enjoy living here," Beyer said.

Police say someone managed to break into the locked valet box near the store, where the vehicles' keys were stored. Three sets of keys were taken, and the suspects then made off with the three vehicles.

Police say the Audi was recovered shortly after 9:00 p.m. after it was involved in a crash near Locust and Humboldt.  The suspects fled the scene.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

Bacchus restaurant

Bacchus restaurant

"It's a little Oceans 11 to me. They're kind of bright if they can get into a fancy restaurant, a locked box, with people around and escape with three vehicles," Beyer said.

Bartolotta Restaurants officials call the thefts well-planned and organized. They say they're as shocked as anyone by the brazen and methodical methods.

Beyer says they had to change all their locks after this theft, and she says her husband's doctor passes to several area hospitals were on their keychain for their Lincoln SUV.

"My husband's credentials had to be basically wiped out at different hospitals -- including the Shriners Hospital in Chicago because they have access through his badges," Beyer said.

Additionally, Beyer says the thieves drove away with personalized plates.

Bacchus restaurant

Bacchus restaurant

"My husband's vehicle has his name on the license plate, so if anyone is driving around and sees BEYER MD on a license plate, that's ours," Beyer said.

Late on Wednesday afternoon, FOX6 News learned the Beyers' Lincoln SUV was recovered on Sherman Boulevard.

Additionally, Kelli Beyer tells FOX6 Joe Bartolotta called her husband, and offered to pay for everything.

Meanwhile, officials with Bacchus are reviewing their security procedures.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

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