Three Lodi teenagers were arrested during the early morning hours June 7 in connection with a series of at least 10 recent theft from automobile incidents in the villages of Waunakee and DeForest.

Members of the DeForest Police Department made the arrests arrested Friday, taking the suspects into custody in the 500 block of N. Stevenson Street, according to a press release from the department. They were allegedly found to be in possession of property stolen in previously reported crimes in Waunakee and from recently committed crimes in DeForest.

Those arrested include a 19-year-old male, 18-year-old female, and a 16-year-old male, all of whom are residents of Lodi. Criminal charges have been referred to the Dane County District Attorney’s Office. According to the department, the offenders will not be identified at this time as they have not been formally charged with a crime.

DeForest Police are asking anyone who may have been a victim of an overnight theft from their auto to contact them at (608) 846-6756.

Shortly after the above incident occurred, someone removed a garage door remote control from an unlocked vehicle and opened an overhead door, entered the residence, removed keys to a vehicle and fled in the stolen auto. The vehicle has been recovered and returned to the owner.

According to the press release, the suspects in this offense are believed to be driving a dark colored Ford Edge with a Rosen Dealer license plate on the rear of the vehicle. The driver’s side rear bumper may have damage. Anyone with information on this incident are asked to contact DeForest Police at (608) 846-6756.

DeForest Police Chief James Olson is reminding residents to be vigilant in protecting their property and families by locking their vehicles whenever they are parked and unattended. He also cautions against leaving a garage door remote control in a vehicle parked outside as thieves can use it to open the overhead door and potentially enter a residence without notice.

In addition, Chief Olson urges residents who had a garage door remote control stolen to change the digital code or unplug the opener to prevent criminals from returning to their residence and unlawfully entering later.

DeForest Police are asking the public to contact police to investigate any suspicious people or vehicles that are observed in DeForest.

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