Police Reports: Man Flags Down Officer for Ride, Gets Busted for Pot
Homeless man weighs need for a lift against his love of marijuana and loses on both ends.
At 3:12 a.m. last Thursday, a 22-year-old man who said he was homeless was arrested for possession of marijuana after he flagged down a Wauwatosa police officer on North Glenview Avenue and asked for a courtesy ride because the buses were no longer running.
The officer agreed to take him as far as the Wauwatosa city limits but advised him that it was policy to search anyone riding in a squad car. The man consented to a search, and when asked whether he had anything on his person the officer should be aware of, the told the officer he had marijuana in his pants pocket.
The officer found 18 small, individually wrapped bags of pot totaling about 8 grams. Asked if was planning to sell the drug, he said, no, it was all for him, for he loved smoking marijuana far too much to ever be able to sell any.
In other recent incidents:
At 5:20 p.m., a 14-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for theft at Mayfair Mall after he was seen stashing a shoebox under a car in the parking lot and it was found to contain merchandise stole from the Hollister store. The boy admitted stealing the items and was cited and banned from the mall for a year.
At noon, a 20-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for theft and battery after she hit a Macy’s security officer with her purse and then punched her in the face when she stopped her for trying to steal three hats from the store at Mayfair Mall.
At 7:55 a.m., a city worker reported that a sewer catch basin worth $500 had been stolen from the 600 block of North 103rd Street. He said that the theft must have occurred sometime since midnight Friday.
A Wauwatosa couple reported to police that they had become victims of identity theft and fraud after the man opened an e-mail he thought was from his accountant and ended up losing $21,000 from his bank account. M&I Bank and a Nevada credit union reimbursed their loss after an investigation showed the money had been fraudulently transferred and ended up in Malaysia.
At 1:35 p.m., the business supervisor of the City of Wauwatosa Treasurer’s Office reported that a fraudulent withdrawal of $303.60 had been made from a city bank account. Police have a suspect and the investigation is continuing.
An 81-year-old Wauwatosa resident reported that she had been the victim of fraud when a man called her claiming to be her son traveling in Ecuador, saying he had been arrested with a large quantity of marijuana. She said she thought he sounded funny and had an accent, but after speaking with his “attorney” she agreed to wire $2,653 to Quito. She then became suspicious and called her son, who was free and well at home near Boston.
At 3:05 p.m., a 35-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he urinated at a bus stop on West North Avenue and Wauwatosa Avenue, just in front of the Wauwatosa Public Library and across the street from Longfellow Middle School, which was about to let out.
A Menomonee Falls woman reported that between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. someone stole the catalytic converter from her car while it was parked at Denny’s, 11155 W. North Ave., where she works.
At 11:03 p.m., a resident of the 6100 block of West Wisconsin Avenue reported that someone had just stolen a copper downspout off her house. She said she had been asleep but was awakened by a loud banging outside her bedroom window. She looked out to see a man twisting the downspout off and then fleeing to a car parked in her neighbor’s driveway. Officers found another section of downspout missing from the other side of the home as well. She described the suspect as a black man in his early to mid-20s, 5-feet, 9-inches to 5-feet, 10-inches tall, slim, with a dark complexion and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt. She described the car as light blue, possibly a late-‘90s or early-’00s Honda with a badly crumpled front passenger side quarter panel.
At 5:33 p.m., an 18-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for criminal damage to property and felony bail jumping after she tore the security sensor from a shirt at Abercrombie and Fitch at Mayfair Mall and fled from security officers. She was found and taken into custody at BW3, 2635 N. Mayfair Rd., and than found to have been banned from Mayfair and, more importantly, out on bail for armed robbery.
At 5:30 p.m., a 16-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for theft from Macy’s after a foot chase involving seven Wauwatosa police squads, including detectives, not far from the police station. The boy had been seen stealing a pair of $20 earrings and was spotted at the bus stop north of Macy’s. A police officer approached and the boy ran west across Mayfair Road and behind businesses there, then south along the railroad tracks where he briefly evaded capture by hunkering down in the brush.
At 8:10 p.m., two 15-year-old Milwaukee girls were arrested for theft at Macy’s after they concealed and tried to steal almost $500 worth of clothing between them.
At 7:36 p.m., a 16-year-old Milwaukee girl was arrested for theft at Boston Store at Mayfair Mall after she tried to steal two pairs of jeans worth about $175 retail.
At 3:21 p.m., a 19-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for theft at Boston Store after she was caught trying to steal almost $350 worth of merchandise.
At 2:38 p.m., a 19-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for theft after she tried to leave Macy’s with almost $1,000 worth of merchandise. Because she had two prior theft arrests and because of the large quantity and value of this theft, her case was referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for possible charging.
A 17-year-old Milwaukee girl and a 15-year-old Wauwatosa boy were cited separately for habitual truancy from Wauwatosa East High School.
A 15-year-old Wauwatosa boy was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after he was found with a marijuana pipe at Wauwatosa West High School.
At 9:30 p.m., a resident of the 500 block of North 107th Street reported that some time since 5:30 the evening before someone had burglarized her home after entering through an unlocked back window. Much of the home had been rummaged through, and she found she was missing a laptop computer and a jar full of coins and dollar bills she kept in her bedroom.
At 12:15 p.m., a 46-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for theft after he was caught trying to steal more than $700 worth of clothing from Macy’s.
At 7:17 p.m., a 15-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for disorderly conduct after a caller reported that he had urinated at a bus stop at West North Avenue and North 60th Street.
At 7:23 p.m., a 24-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for theft after she was caught stealing a pair of $275 sunglasses from Solstice at Mayfair Mall.
At 5:37 p.m., three Milwaukee women and a 17-year-old girl were arrested for theft at Hollywood Threadz, 801 N. Mayfair Rd. They were seen in the act of trying to take more than $850 worth of clothing.
At 5 p.m., a resident of an apartment in the 2500 block of North 124th Street reported that her locked storage unit had been broken into some time since Feb. 19 and a pair of speakers worth $250 were stolen. The storage units are made of chicken wire and the burglar had simply cut through it.
A resident of the 6800 block of West Wells Street reported that some time over the previous three days someone had entered her unlocked garage and taken three tires.
At 11:22 p.m., a 20-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for theft after she was caught trying to steal merchandise from the Icing store in Mayfair Mall.