Village of Germantown — Germantown residents woke to fresh footprints in the snow on Thursday, Jan. 25, that led from the street to their driveway, stopping at their car doors and garages.
Eight cars — all of which were unlocked — were entered and stolen from in subdivisions on the southwest side of Division Road, south of Donges Bay Road all the way to County Line Road.
"Germantown is a very safe community, but yes, people can be too trusting," said Police Chief Peter Hoell. "It’s just a good habit people need to get into; every time they leave their car, they should lock it no matter where it is parked."
Based on the footprints, the suspects passed up all locked vehicles and garages, but made away with electronics, credit cards and a small amount of cash from the eight vehicles between 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, and 6 a.m. the following morning.
Chief Hoell cautioned residents about the vulnerability of their property after the department received an influx of calls the morning after the footprints and thefts were discovered.
"Please share with your friends and family," Hoell wrote on the department's Facebook page. "Take that extra time to make sure you don’t leave valuables in your vehicles and that the doors are locked on both your vehicles and your garage."
It is unknown whether there were multiple suspects in the case, or whether the perpetrator acted alone. The case is still under police investigation.