Police Report: 3 Arrested After Night of Stealing from Cars
GPS units, phones easily traced to owners after officer spots suspects in the act.
At 5:04 a.m. Sunday, two Milwaukee men, ages 19 and 20, and a 15-year-old Milwaukee boy were arrested for theft from an auto and possessing or receiving stolen property after a police officer parked in the lot at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1615 Wauwatosa Ave., saw one of them try to enter a pickup truck parked on the street while the other two disappeared up a driveway in the 7700 block of Milwaukee Avenue. The three were stopped and searched, and two of them had GPS units that were traced to residents in the area whose cars had been rifled overnight. The three suspects had a variety of other items, including phones, an iPod, chargers and loose change that had been stolen. The three admitted in to police that they had entered about 20 cars that night, and had targeted that area of Wauwatosa because “it was easy.”
A 30-year-old Wauwatosa man who lives in the 1000 block of North 119th Street was arrested for battery after he got drunk at a Milwaukee Brewers game and beat up his fiancé, who lives with him.
At 5:53 p.m., a Wauwatosa girl who is a student at East High reported seeing two boys abandon one bicycle and take another from a rack at the school. The abandoned bike had been reported stolen from East High by another student on Wednesday. The girl thought the two boys she had seen were freshmen at East and thought she would recognize them.
At 1:43 a.m., a 45-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for theft after he left the BP gas station at 7532 W. Center St. without paying for a bag of candy bars. He and two other men left in a car but police arrived quickly enough to tail them for several blocks, and then Milwaukee police reported seeing car pull into an alley. The suspect was captured on foot a short distance away, and officers recovered evidence from the car that may identify the other suspects.
At 6:34 p.m., police were called to the clubhouse of the Currie Park golf course, where a clerk had reported that her wallet and a large amount of clubhouse cash receipts had been stolen. She said that she had put the cash in a separate drawer beside the cash register a short time earlier and had then briefly gone outside to park some golf carts. While doing so, she had noticed a man near the clubhouse whom she did not recognize as having been a customer. When she returned to the clubhouse, she found her purse rifled and the wallet missing, then checked her drawer and found the cash missing. Video showed a man entering just after she stepped outside and going straight to her purse and then to the drawer, removing the wallet and money while keeping an eye out for the clerk.
At 6:28 a.m., a resident of the Fountains of Wauwatosa apartments, 4724 N. 100th St., reported that overnight someone had stolen her car from the lot in front of the building. She found broken glass where her car had been and could account for all keys to the vehicle. A neighbor came forward to say that she had noticed the broken glass when she came home at 9:42 the evening before. At 4:50 p.m., Milwaukee police found the vehicle a short distance away, in the 4300 block of North 110th Street, with two smashed windows and the steering column “peeled.”
At 8:17 p.m., a Milwaukee woman reported that her purse had been stolen from her while she was seated at the bar at Juniper 61 restaurant, 6030 W. North Ave. She said she had set her purse on the stool next to her and that a man had entered and set his backpack on the same stool, then suddenly left a few minutes later, taking her purse with him. A server remembered the suspect and said he had asked for a job application. She remembered thinking it odd he would set his backpack on top of the woman’s purse. She said he suddenly grabbed his pack and left, but she did not mention noticing the purse go missing. The victim and the witness described the suspect as being an African-American man 20 to 25 years old, 5’11” to 6’0” tall, weighing 145 to 160 pounds, light-skinned and having “a turned-up nose.” He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans and appeared “dusty or dirty.”
At 3:29 p.m., a 47-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested at Pick ‘n Save, 6950 W. State St., after she tried to leave without paying for a $16.99 bottle of tequila and 26 bars and cans of deodorant worth $125.99. At the time of her arrest, she said that she was stealing the deodorant for family members who needed it; the tequila, she said, was for her. Later, when being booked at the station, police recorded this as her complete, official statement: “I went to the store and took stuff.”