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Police investigating a string of overnight thefts on Hiawatha Island

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The La Crosse Police Department received ten service calls for items stolen overnight near Nakomis Avenue late Monday night.

Thieves took items out of sheds, garages, and vehicles. A car was also stolen and later recovered on Caledonia Street. The La Crosse Police Department is currently reviewing security footage from local homes to track down suspects. They believe the string of thefts to be isolated to just the island.

News 19 obtained security footage from two of the victims. One video shows two people walking through a yard.

Two people walk through a yard overnight on Monday on Hiawatha Island.

Another video shows a man wearing a bandanna over his face and backward cap before the security camera feed was cut.

A man wearing a backward cap and bandanna in one of the victim's driveway.

The La Crosse Police Department is encouraging residents to register their security cameras with the department to assist in investigations.

"Cameras are a very valuable asset when it comes to investigations," said Officer Dustin Darling. "Especially when you have thefts like this that occur in the middle of the night because when you have nothing to go off of, it's very difficult to track someone down and recover these items, where if we have video footage or photos that are provided we have a lead to work off of."

Officer Darling also provided some other helpful tips including locking your vehicle, keeping your garage closed, never leaving keys in the car, and not leaving valuables inside.

To register your security camera with La Crosse Police Department, click here.

Mike Beiermeister

WXOW Weekend Anchor and Reporter

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