Police tracking serial storage shed burglars

CREATED May 14, 2014

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SAUKVILLE - You could call them serial storage shed burglars.  Police say they break into locks with a bolt cutter and if they see something they like, they come back again.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department released a photo Wednesday, showing some of the loot they've recovered after taking two suspects into custody in Milwaukee, a 54-year-old man and his 29-year-old nephew.
 
Police believe they broke into lockers in West Bend, Slinger, Barton, Jackson, Kewaskum, Polk, Trenton and Saukville.  By the time thieves got to the Be-Safe Lockers in Saukville, police in many jurisdictions were already hot on their trail.
 
"Everybody got together. Suspects were developed," said Saukville police chief Jeff Goetz.
 
The thieves also broke in to more than a hundred sheds in Washington County.
 
"Just about everything from fishing reels and fishing rods to a Harley Davidson motorcycle," said Chief Goetz.
 
The Be-Safe lockers, where that Harley was stored, played a big role in breaking open this case.
 
"The owners of the storage had installed a video camera system in there two days before they came back, so that was a big help for our case," said Chief Goetz.
 
That Saukville facility was hit three times since March. Police have recovered about 90 percent of what was stolen here.