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STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL ARCHIVES

RACINE COUNTY — Since the beginning of the year, about 90 thefts from vehicles have been reported in the City of Racine, according to Racine Police Sgt. Adam Malacara.

In the past two weeks alone, 28 vehicle thefts have been reported, Malacara said.

Mount Pleasant also is experiencing issues related to thefts from vehicles, according to Sgt. Matt Kwapil of the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

On Tuesday, Racine police received three calls regarding vehicle thefts: The first was reported in the 2300 block of Virginia Street, another was reported in the 2400 block of Virginia Street at 5 p.m. and the last call was received at about 6 p.m. near Regency Mall.

Issues in Mount Pleasant

Kwapil said that since Jan. 1, 24 thefts from vehicles have been reported in Mount Pleasant.

While that number is not out of line with previous years, the number of windows being broken during thefts from vehicles has definitely increased. Kwapil said about half of the reported thefts from cars resulted in windows being broken.

The thefts from vehicles have been largely spread throughout Mount Pleasant, with thefts reported at the YMCA on 90th Street, the Quarry Lake Park dog park and near commercial areas of the village.

Sturtevant Police Chief Sean Marschke said an increase in vehicle thefts has not been noticed in Sturtevant, with only two thefts reported in January.

Preventing theft from vehicles

To combat thefts from vehicles, area police are reminding those who live and park their cars in the greater Racine area to remember to lock their vehicle’s doors.

“Often, the offenders check random doors to see if they’re unlocked,” Malacara said. “Unlocked vehicles are then rummaged through for valuables.”

Kwapil said drivers should also remember to not leave valuable items in plain sight.

“Don’t make it a crime of opportunity,” Kwapil said.

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