A 16-year-old Milwaukee boy was banned from all Wauwatosa School District property after two East High girls complained that he had been stalking them, waiting for them after school and approaching as they walked home.
Both said that he wanted to find out where they lived, and that he made suggestive comments.
One girl said the boy had tagged after her through the Village and then tried to stike up a conversation, telling her he thought she was pretty. He asked where she lived, and she lied and said her home was still a long way away, then pretended to take his phone number just to placate him.
She told her parents about it when she got home, and they contacted police and school officials.
Meanwhile, another girl had also became a target of repeated, unwanted encounters, including one in which the boy told her how pretty she was and then said, "You should take off that sweater, you're making me cry."
At one point, surveillance video shows, the boy actually entered the East High building and appeared to be looking for the girl. It so happened she was sitting in the office area, open to view, going over surveillance photos of him with the school police officer at the very moment.
The boy appeared to have spotted them and ran from the building.
Police found the boy at 2:35 p.m. Friday at Lincoln Elementary School, across from East, and and he told them he was waiting for one of the girls. Officers found he had three sheets of paper with love messages to the girl, by name, one of them the lyrics to a love song.
East Principal Nick Hughes imposed an immediate ban, warning that if he ever again set foot on school property he would be arrested for criminal trespass. Police added that if he was caught on the city streets approaching either of the girls or any others he would be arrested for stalking.
In other recent incidents:
A resident of the 600 block of Glenview Avenue reported that between 2 p.m. Friday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday someone broke into his garage and stole bicycles, tools and golf clubs. He said he and his family had been away for the weekend, and when they returned, he found the side door to the garage open, then discovered that a small window had been broken. Missing were four bicycles, including a triathalon model, his set of golf clubs and a variety of yard and workshop tools.
At 6:32 p.m., a 24-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for theft at Hollister & Co. at Mayfair Mall after she ripped the security sensors off four articles of clothing worth $163 retail and tried to leave with the goods hidden in her purse. A records check revealed four prior arrests for retail theft. She was issued a citation with $429 bail and was banned from Mayfair Mall for five years.
At 5:08 p.m., a 29-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for theft at Target, 3900 N. 124th St., after she tried to leave with 10 pieces of clothing worth $172 retail hidden under a sweatshirt in her shopping cart. “I was trying to be slick,” she told police. She wasn’t. Her every move had been under observation by a store loss prevention specialist.
A resident of the 6600 block of West Wells Street reported that some time since June 18, during ongoing renovations to his home, someone had stolen 23 bottles of wine. His general contractor told police that five different subcontractors also had access to the home during the makeover. He said the had fired one employee last Monday for poor performance and that the worker had sounded drunk over the phone a couple of days before that. He said he would have his office forward any contact information he had to police.
At 4 p.m., a 22-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for employee theft at Macy’s in Mayfair Mall after store management put her under surveillance and saw her pocketing money out of her cash drawer. A loss prevention specialist told police that corporate accountants had noticed a number of discrepancies in the woman’s cash receipts going back two months and asked that she be watched. After being recorded on camera stealing cash, she was confronted and accused and admitted to at least 18 thefts of cash and more of merchandise, together totaling nearly $1,200.
Milwaukee police reported that they had recovered a minivan stolen Wednesday night or early Thursday morning from a woman in the 2700 block of North 75th St. The woman’s 2000 Dodge Caravan was found without its license plates and with the ignition “popped,” but was otherwise undamaged. That should come as a relief to the owner, who had inherited the van from her deceased grandfather just days before it was stolen.
At 7:01 a.m., a woman called police to say that she had just seen a man enter the back yard of her neighbor to the rear and steal a stepladder. Police visited the neighbor, who checked and found that he was missing his 6-foot aluminum stepladder. The witness could provide no physical description of the thief except to say he was wearing a brown hoodie.
A Milwaukee woman reported that between 5:30 and 10 p.m., while she was in classes at Milwaukee Career College, 3077 N. Mayfair Rd., someone stole the air conditioner compressor out of her car. She believed she must have left the car unlocked, allowing the thief to unlatch the hood from inside the car.