Police are asking for our help after more than a dozen cars become the targets of thieves. Most of the victims in Dundee awoke early Monday morning to the sound of police at their front door.
The break-ins happened in the overnight hours in front of homes along 57th Avenue, an area more associated with historic homes than car break-ins.
The thieves appeared to make their way along the street, going through some unlocked cars and breaking the windows of others. After a little more than a block, a total of 16 cars were hit in front of nine houses.
Thursday afternoon, Paul Plofchan was busy sweeping up the leaves in his driveway. But early Monday morning, it was a different kind of cleanup.
Plofchan says, "about four in the morning the police woke us up and notified us a number of cars had been broken into."
The car his son drives was one of the targets. "The police asked us to come out so I looked at the one car and saw clearly the window was gone and glass was everywhere and fortunately the other car they didn't touch."
Just down the street, Cathy Hinrichs says, “it's a nuisance for sure, an inconvenience. My daughter was ready to leave for school and of course couldn't use her car."
That’s because both of of Hinrichs' daughters had their cars hit.
But for these victims, it was just the frustration and expense of fixing broken windows. No valuables were stolen. “Fortunately not, it's kind of happened before so the girls know not to leave anything in there," says Hinrichs.
But down the street, another neighbor was not so lucky. She tells Channel 6 News “it was just broken glass everywhere and missing electronics, IPODs, GPS systems, things like that."
With 16 cars now rifled through, someone calls police around 3:30 in the morning.
Omaha officer Jacob Bettin says, “there were suspects in the area seen acting suspiciously and then ran from the vehicles that they were by. The neighbor felt that was suspicious to them."
But the suspects had left by the time police arrived, leaving only damage behind and some angry neighbors. "You feel very violated. We're definitely changing the way we do things, the cars now definitely go into the garage at night, the lights are left on."
With hopes car windows will stay intact here, along with peace of mind.
If you have any information, you are asked to call Omaha Police. That number is 444-7867.
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