Oshkosh police warn residents to lock doors after spike in break-ins

By Heather Sawaski, Local 5 News

Published 06/30 2014 05:24PM

Updated 06/30 2014 07:11PM

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) - Barb Dusenske does a lot of shopping in downtown Oshkosh, and calls the increase in area crime unsettling.

"It's scary," Dusenske said. "It really is, especially on Main Street."

According to Oshkosh police, six vehicles were broken into Friday night. Most, while they were parked on North Main Street. Stereos, electronics and golf clubs were taken. Officers said all six vehicles were left unlocked by the owners.

"They're going around pulling on door handles," explained Officer Joe Nichols. "They're not going to smash windows because there are so many vehicles out there that are unlocked."

A main street business and nearby home were also burglarized. Officer Nichols said the crimes are likely linked and due to an increase in local drug activity.

"Do to the heroin trade that is going on in Oshkosh and the fox valley," he explained. "They'll get anything they can get their hands on. They'll trade it or sell it to someone then take the money and by the drug with it."

The problem is prompting police to issue a warning to all residents: lock your vehicles and don't leave any valuables inside. It's something Barb Dusenske said is already a habit.

"You get to be a senior and you have to take care of yourself," she added. "And I think it's a good habit for anyone."

Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact Winnebago County Crime Stoppers at  (920 231 - 8477.

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