Two cars were stolen last week, due to vehicle owners leaving their keys in the car.
The first car was stolen in the 2000 block of Glendale Avenue, sometime between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday. The keys were left in the car. The vehicle was recovered later in the day in the 4400 block of Oakland Avenue.
Another vehicle was stolen in the 4700 block of Cumberland Avenue sometime between 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday. The vehicle was unlocked and contained keys to the vehicle. The vehicle has not yet been recovered.
Whitefish Bay Police Chief Michael Young said the police department is investigating the car thefts, but has not yet identified any suspects. Young believes the car thefts, and two recent entries to unlocked cars, were probably carried out by the same group of people.
One of the entries to unlocked cars occurred on Christmas Eve on Lake Drive. The other auto entry occurred between 6 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday in the 4800 block of Ardmore Avenue.
Young said the best way to avoid a break-in or a car theft is to lock up.
"Don't leave your keys in your vehicle, and be sure to lock your doors," he said. "You don't want to make it any easier for them to take your property."