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La Crosse Police report 20 smashed vehicle windows in one day

All the incidents happened on September 11

La Crosse Police report 20 smashed vehicle windows in one day

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The City of La Crosse Police Department issued a crime bulletin regarding multiple incidents of smashed vehicle windows.

According to police, 20 incidents were reported on September 11 between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m.

The incidents occurred between Johnson Street to King Street and 16th Street South to 23rd Street South in La Crosse.

One victim tells News 8 that they didn't take anything out of her car. Even worse, the door was unlocked but they smashed the window anyway.

"In certain cases, we had several items that had been taken out of those vehicles," said Sgt. Tom Walsh of the La Crosse Police Department.

Walsh said there may be ways to deter would-be thieves. Often the criminals took small, transportable items like earbuds or electronics.

"Cover them up or, if at all possible, take those types of things into the residence with you," Walsh said. 

The more lighting the better. He suggests residents keep on security lights.

"That is a really big deterrent to keeping these criminals away from your neighborhood," Walsh said. 

Law enforcement urges residents in the area who have a home security camera to review the system for possible video footage of the crimes.

In late-August, the police department investigated more than 30 break-ins reported throughout the city over a weekend. Now that this seems to be happening around one neighborhood, authorities hope the public will be able to find the person or people responsible.

"We're at a point where we're really asking for our community to step up, pay attention to what's going on out there," Walsh said. 

The La Crosse Police Department would like to remind community members to report any suspicious behavior. When car alarms go off or you hear glass breaking, contact law enforcement immediately.

Contact the La Crosse Police Department at 608-785-5962 with any information.

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