GRAFTON — A string of burglaries has been reported in
the town of Grafton over the past several weeks, with
construction supplies disappearing overnight.
Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office issued a release Monday
reporting four incidents since June 13.
“The incidents appear to be occurring in the proximity
along (Interstate) 43 in the town of Grafton,” according
to the release.
most recent burglaries occurred Sunday or early Monday,
before 6 a.m. Burglaries were reported from two
commercial buildings, as well as from four enclosed
trailers that were located on the properties of Paul
Crandall & Associates and Cherney Brothers, both on
North Port Washington Road. “We are asking the public to
keep an eye out for suspicious behavior and to report
any information regarding these incidents. Call us at
262-284-7172 or text ‘OZSO’ + your tip anonymously to
847411,” Sheriff’s Lt. Marshall Hermann wrote in the
first two incidents occurred either the night of
Tuesday, June 13 or early in the morning June 14, both
of which were reported later that day. A home under
construction on Lakefield Road was entered by force and
equipment was stolen between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Tools,
construction materials and copper wire were taken.
“These incidents appear to be similar in nature based on
the location of the targeted areas (commercial
buildings, construction sites and trailers in the
proximity along I-43 in the town of Grafton) and items
taken (tools and construction equipment),” Hermann
second incident that night was also on Lakefield Road, a
block from the other burglary. At another residential
construction site, a locked work trailer was broken into
and tools and other equipment stolen. That incident was
reported to have happened between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Last Friday, a third burglary was reported. The
maintenance shop on the grounds of Fire Ridge Golf
Course was forcibly entered between 2:45 p.m. Thursday
and 5 a.m. Friday. Several items were removed, including
tools and equipment.
“We’re missing quite a bit of tools that were stolen,
and small equipment we use for the golf course,” Fire
Ridge owner Paul Melotik said.
Melotik said the business is working with the Sheriff’s
Office on some ideas of how the burglary might have
occurred, but has nothing solid yet.
While hopeful the burglaries will stop and the people
involved will be caught, Melotik commented it is
difficult with the events’ proximity to I-43, as the
people burglarizing could be coming from anywhere.