Kiel police were busy Tuesday trying to locate a man who was entering homes in the community and reportedly had attempted the same in New Holstein earlier that day.
At 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Kiel Police Chief Dave Funkhouser said a fifth report had been received on entry or attempted entry. The fifth incident was in the 500 block of Fremont Street.
Earlier in the morning, the Police Department took four separate complaints from city residents who reported a man entered or attempted to enter their homes between 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. Those incidents occurred in the 400 block of 6th Street, the 500 block of Fremont Street, the 900 block of Fremont Street, and the 800 block of 7th Street.
In three incidents, the man walked into the home without permission through an unlocked door; the fourth incident the homeowner met him at the door and refused entry. When confronted, each time the man provided a different excuse as to why he was there. The man did not threaten anyone or harm anyone who had contact with him.
The man is described as a black male, lighter skin tone, late teens or 20s, thin build, 160 to 180 pounds, wearing dark-colored pants and a dark-colored shirt, and a knit stocking cap. The man is also reported as having dreadlocks or braided hair pulled back. The man was driving a dark-colored Volkswagen sedan, possibly with damage to its front end, and possibly having chrome trim on the vehicle.
Deputies from both the Calumet County and Manitowoc County Sheriffs’ offices assisted Kiel officers in checking the entire city but the man and his vehicle were not located as of early afternoon.
It is believed the same man may be responsible for similar conduct at locations in the city of New Holstein before 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.
As a preventive measure, Kiel did have its public and private schools go into a soft lockdown and they asked the schools to prohibit outside activities for a short time Tuesday morning. That lockdown was lifted before 11 a.m.
Anyone who may have seen this man or this vehicle should contact the Police Department (920-894-2211) with any information that they may have to assist in the investigation.