The La Crosse Police Department is investigating a wave of car break-ins in the campus area that began Friday.

According to police reports, about 20 vehicles were broken into over the weekend in a similar way, including nine in a four-block radius near 11th and Vine streets. People went to get in their cars Friday morning to find windows smashed, some of which were shot with a BB or pellet gun.

Stolen items include a Garmin GPS, 9-millimemter ammunition, cash, shoes, a wallet and a dancing pole.

The police department advised people to avoid leaving items of value in plain view within their vehicles.

Police recommend taking valuables inside, locking vehicles and garages, parking in well-lit areas and to report any suspicious behavior to police.

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Contact the La Crosse Police Department at 608-785-5962 with any information. To remain anonymous, contact La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at 608-784-8477 or submit online at https://www.p3tips.com/459.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering local government and city issues for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218.

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