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Ice Shanties Targets for Break-ins

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A crime spree has hit some Wausau area ice shanties, and the criminals are not leaving many clues for police.

It is a way to spend time with family, or escape the cabin fever. But for some ice shanty owners in Schofield, their ice shanties are a target for thieves.

"I just happened to glance out the window the other day and I noticed something strange," described Keith Syring, the owner of nearby Riverside Bait and Tackle, "so I threw my binoculars on and then, sure enough, his door was broken open, you could see it from here."

Syring sees a lot from across the street at his bait shop. He knows first hand how tough it can be to deal with a shanty break-in.

"In previous years, when I was broken into, the officer told me, well, what do you expect, we can't be everywhere," said Syring, "and I understand that."

Police are taking note of the break-ins, they happen nearly every year. But they say much of the solution starts with prevention.

"I think the biggest advice we could give them is to take all your valueables out every night," said Captain Clayton Schulz of the Everest Metro Police Department, "it is kind of like the car scenario too, keep your cars locked, don't keep anything in plain sight."

If you see damage to your shanty, police say to call it in, no matter how small.


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