Leave a car unattended with keys in the ignition and it may not be there upon return.
That is, unless three of its four tires are flat.
That was the condition of a 1995 Nissan Altima that had sat for nearly two months in the parking lot of the
There was a note under the windshield wipers but it was illegible.
Hotel staff asked police May 10 to investigate. Officers said they would try to contact the owner, but if unsuccessful by May 20 the car would be towed.
Here are some of other recent calls to police:
Suspicious: A resident in the 13100 block of Tulane Street called police about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to report a young woman was lying immobile on the ground next to his mailbox. Before officers arrived, the homeowner said a car pulled up and picked up the woman, in her late teens or early 20s, and drove off. Officers were unable to locate the car or the woman.
Swan crossing Blue Mound Road: The busy commercial corridor became a crossing for a limping swan, according to a resident who called police about 7:15 p.m. Sunday. The was notified to search for the swan.
Facebook threat: A Brookfield woman told police her 12-year-old son was moving to a new school but she was concerned that ex-classmates would continue to harass him on Facebook. She said two boys had threatened physical violence against him on Facebook. Officers said he should remove the boys from his approved Facebook friends and they would contact the other boys' parents.
Tool theft: A 72-year-old man was caught stealing 42 Craftsman hand tools worth $815 from at Brookfield Square at about 10:30 a.m. May 9. Police gave him a municipal citation for retail theft.
Gas thefts: After not paying for gas, a man quickly drove a Mitsubishi SUV away from the BP station, 14000 W. Greenfield Ave., nearly causing several traffic accidents on Greenfield Avenue and Sunnyslope Road. Police recommended state prosecutors charge the 41-year-old man with theft of gas, operating a vehicle after revocation and reckless driving.
Another gas theft occurred about 6:15 p.m. Thursday at , 15565 W. Blue Mound Road, when the driver of a blue sedan drove off without paying for $23 in gas.
Burnt food: A fire alarm at , 1350 Davidson Road, about 8:45 a.m. May 10 was a false alarm, caused by burnt food.
Who is the victim? A Milwaukee man contacted Brookfield police to complain he was the victim of mortgage fraud because a mortgage company had ruined his credit rating. The man said in 2004 he owned a duplex in the 19000 block of Hi View Drive in Brookfield, but the mortgage company foreclosed on him after he couldn't keep up with his mortgage payments. Officers said it was a civil matter but told the man he was the one who was delinquent on payments.
Thumping on the roof: A woman called police for help about 10 a.m. May 10 after hearing thumping noises coming from her attic or roof. The noise would come and go intermittently, and she couldn't see anything on the roof. The noises ended and an officer found no animal in the home in the 2700 block of Spencer Lane.
Keep the noise down, please: Absolute Construction Enterprises assured police its crews would no longer start work before 7 a.m. after a resident complained the company was using very loud equipment earlier than 7 a.m. on May 9 and 10, contrary to city ordinances, while working near 18000 W. Capitol Drive.
That's a lot of cigs: Forty cartons of cigarettes, each worth $60, were stolen from a Slinger man's van, along with a $400 Verizon cell phone and the man's wallet, which contained $80, credit cards and identification.
The thief even took the man's Coleman lunch box.
Someone popped the lock on the driver's side to get inside the van sometime between 10:25 a.m. and 11:25 a.m. May 10 in the parking lot of Concerta, 2455 N. 124th St.
Another car break-in: A $120 Milwaukee Tools Sawzall was stolen from a company van parked in a lot at 2511 N. 124th St., about 10:30 a.m. May 10.
And another break-in: A woman left her purse on the floor of her Grand Jeep Cherokee, parked in the parking lot, while she was at work Sunday evening. Someone broke a window and stole the purse.
Wanted man: Brookfield police were asked to pick up a man who state probation and parole officials had been notified planned to rob a bank and flee to Florida. The man was arrested without incident at his grandmother's house in the 16600 block of Pepper Lane about 1:45 p.m. May 10. He was taken into custody on a felony probation warrant and for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Whose junk? officials contacted police May 10 to notify them that junked vehicles, metal scraps and other car parts were left in woods along a hiking trail between the academy's athletic fields and Police advised them to talk to the city to learn who owns the land and who may own the materials.
Theft of chain saw: While a homeowner was in his backyard, someone stole a 14-inch chain saw in the front yard, police were notified. The theft occurred about 5:30 p.m. May 10 in the 16600 block of Ridge View Drive after the man had cut down a tree.
Graffiti: A 15-year-old student at was issued a municipal citation for criminal damage to property for graffiti at the school, 3305 Lilly Road.
Suspicious: Police got a call that a black Saturn had suddenly pulled over into the Family Center parking lot, 12875 W. Capitol Drive and quickly set off on foot. After checking, officers learned why: they had run out of gas and were walking to get some.
Ice pics and flat tires: Police stepped up patrols around the clock at, 1875 N. Calhoun Road, after a employees continued to have problems with a 73-year-old man whom police had previously arrested for disorderly conduct and told to have no contact with the funeral home.
Employees said the man was again calling the business and they suspected he was involved in flattening tires on three cars in the parking lot. They told police the man had recently come to the cemetery with a bloody hand and bragged he had smashed a car window and damaged tires with an ice pick, and even showed the tools he used. They said he told police he damages tires with a pick and hammer when he gets angry.
Oops, wrong number: Officers were investigating a text message a Brookfield woman received Thursday that appeared to be an attempted drug transaction. The 60-year-old woman said she got a message that said: "Yo raz this is Nick a friend of Mallorys who sold you a bag in the Walgreens parking lot. You good? I need a teener." "Teener" is slang for a sixteenth of an ounce of cocaine.
Foxes: A family of four foxes hung out on the deck of a home in the 4500 block of Three Meadows Drive on May 11 and 12, the homeowner told police. The homeowner's dog was "going crazy jumping at the patio door and the foxes do not budge." The was notified.
Identity fraud: A Brookfield man reported that someone had charged $3,078 on his Home Depot credit card at a store in Oak Lawn, IL. The person reportedly had shown a Wisconsin drivers license and had the Brookfield man's credit card information when the purchase was made.
Honey, I lost my ring: A Wauwatosa woman said she might have lost her wedding ring — worth $14,000 — in the parking lot at Friday. She gave a description in case the ring is found.
Don't shoot that raccoon: A man said there was a raccoon on the roof of his home in the 4400 block of North 148th Street about 10 p.m. Friday and if police didn't come to remove it, he would "go outside and shoot it." Police urged him not to do that and contacted the to remove the animal.
Underage drinking: Officers issued underage drinking citations to two men, ages 19, at , 1200 S. Moorland Blvd, shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday. A woman called Brookfield police after learning her daughter was there and may be intoxicated. Police found the woman's daughter at a New Berlin house and drove her home.
Wedding theft: While attending a wedding reception at Best Western Midway, 1005 S. Moorland Road, a woman's purse was stolen between midnight and 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Cash, credit cards and a cell phone were taken.
Egged house: A homeowner at 800 Sunny Slope Road suspected high school students had thrown three eggs at the house, one hitting the roof and one hitting a car in the driveway, sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. The egg washed off without damage.
Fishing with bow and arrow: Police were unable to locate youth allegedly using a bow and arrow to shoot fish in water at near the baseball fields off Capitol Drive.