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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 18:19

Sheriff’s Office again reminds people to lock their cars after BMW was stolen in Belgium

The Village of Belgium and the area of Lake Church were hit with another series of thefts from unlocked cars late last month, including the heist of a vehicle itself.
This time, a 2011 maroon BMW X5 was stolen from a residence on Penny Lane.
“Ultimately, it’s more of the same,” said Lt. Wayne Lambrecht of the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department.
A total of six vehicles were entered, as well as a garage through an unlocked pedestrian door, Lambrecht said. Tools were taken from the garage.
There could have been more vehicles entered than those reported, Lambrecht said. All the incidents occurred overnight.
“If there’s anything of value they can find within the vehicle, that’s what they’re taking,” Lambrecht said.
The thefts were isolated to Belgium and Lake Church.
“It hasn’t been an issue in the past. For whatever reason, whoever is doing this is targeting this particular area,” Lambrecht said.
Residents are urged to take precautions.
“Every time we have these, we put out information to lock your doors and keep your valuables out of the vehicles,” Lambrecht said.
The department doesn’t have any suspects.
The thefts come a few weeks after a spree in bitter cold weather on Jan. 4 in Lake Church and the 100 block of Park Street in Belgium.
During that spree, a couple of garages were entered since door openers were kept in vehicles. Once thieves are in the garage, Lambrecht warned that they could easily get in the house.
He recommends not keeping garage door openers in cars.
Residents are urged to contact the department if they notice suspicious activity.
“If you see something, say something,” Lambrecht said. “If you see any suspicious vehicles or people during the time frame we’re talking about, contact us.”
People may call the Sheriff Office’s general number at 284-7172 or send a text to its anonymous tip line. Text OZSO and the message to 847411. The department, Lambrecht said, can text back but does not know the identity of the tipster.

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