MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police are investigating a rash of thefts from vehicles on the city's south side. Police said the suspects in this case took property from vehicles after they forced their way inside.
Conquered cars, tossed trucks and mangled minivans. That was what some woke up to Wednesday, January 18th near 12th and Montana.
"Everybody was here and just upset. It was a bad morning," said Roziah Harun, whose minivan was damaged.
Harun said she parked her minivan around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night. Hours later, a neighbor served notice of the nuisance.
"I missed school! I missed my final exam today! This is a bad day for me," said Harun.
The damage varied by vehicle.
"There's been a lot of people driving by with broken windshields, looking at each other, seeing if it happened to them," said Linda Chojnacki, whose SUV was damaged.
While it appeared as though some vehicles were simply sifted through, others suffered significant loss.
"They took the manager of the building's battery from one of his cars, and then from the other car they took a lot of tools that cost a lot of money," said Jose Perez, whose cousin's car was damaged.
As Milwaukee police investigate, the victims worked to clean up Wednesday.
"Usually it's a pretty good neighborhood to live in, but not lately I guess," Harun said.
Police said they are investigating five total reports of thefts from vehicles Wednesday morning.
One of the victims said fingerprints and a blood sample were taken from her SUV for testing by investigators.