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Another Citizen Takes Matters Into His Own Hands

Wauwatosa resident drives 25 blocks to get his stolen bike back from kid who took it while his back was briefly turned.

On Tuesday, we reported on a Milwaukee man living on the very border who witnessed a crime in Wauwatosa last Wednesday and .

It wasn't the only such recent incident – in fact, a Wauwatosa resident echoed that emotion the very same day.

A man living in the 3100 block of North 106th Street took matters into his own hands when he discovered his bicycle had just been stolen.

He said he had been working in his garage with the overhead door open at about 7:15 p.m. when he went to his basement for no more than a minute and returned to find a strange bicycle abandoned on his lawn next to the garage.

He looked inside to find his bike missing, then spoke to a neighbor who said he had just seen two teenagers riding away on bicycles.

The owner got in his pickup truck and went searching for them, heading east on West Burleigh Street on a hunch. He drove for 25 blocks before he spotted the two boys, one of them on his bike, at North 81st Street, pulled up next to them and demanded his bike back.

At first, the boy on his bike claimed it was his, but after the man told them he would not call police if he returned the bike, the boy gave it back. The owner said he waited about an hour, then thought better of his promise and reported the crime.

He described both boys as being black, 14 to 16 years old, about 5 feet tall, weight about 125 pounds with short hair, one wearing a blue running jacket and the other a red hoodie.

Ray Ray Johnson May 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM
The police are an illusion of safety and protection. That's no indictment of them but they can't stop punks from stealing a bike. Punks like this are successful because they know the people are generally unwilling to engage them. If more people made it more unpleasant for criminals at the spot of the foul, and if neighborhoods had the reputation of having a bunch of badass vigilantes living there, that's a good deterrent to being seen as the kind of place where a criminal can treat your house like he was in the aisles of where he shoplifts.
Joseph May 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM
You are absolutely correct Ray, police have no duty to protect us from the criminals. http://forum.opencarry.org/forums/showthread.php?87330-New-to-Open-Carrying-%28OC%29-In-WI-Here-s-what-you-should-know Why carry? Law Enforcement has no duty to Protect: DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services (109 S.Ct. 998, 1989; 489 U.S. 189 (1989)) Balistreri v. Pacifica Police Department (901 F.2d 696 9th Cir. 1990 Zinermon v. Burch (110 S.Ct. 975, 984 1990; 494 U.S. 113 (1990) Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C. Ct. of Ap., 1981) Riss v. New York, 240 N.E.2d 860 (N.Y.1968). Hartzler v. City of San Jose, 46 Cal. App. 3d 6 (1st Dist. 1975) South v. Maryland Bowers v. Devito Davidson v. City of Westminster Westbrooks v. State of California No duty to protect article, with sources. http://www.firearmsandliberty.com/kasler-protection.html http://www.endtimesreport.com/NO_AFFIRMATIVE_DUTY.htm
Alfred May 24, 2012 at 01:36 PM
New Jack City=Tosa
alt ideas needed May 24, 2012 at 02:05 PM
thankfully the Castle Doctrine was recently passed. If you enter my property illegally, you will be shot dead on site. If you try to steal my property or threaten my safety, I will stand up and fight. Do not tread on me. I live in Wauwatosa and Milwaukee Country = new Detroit.
Tosa720 May 24, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I do not agree with the idea of gun-toting vigilantes and people with high emotions running around with hair trigger reactions to teenagers poor decisions. Fine if you want to confront a teen verbally and ask for assistance from law enforcement, but look what the vigilante approach got Zimmerman in Florida..... Follow the teen in your car, call the police while still following, and they will come and assist. You will not wind up trying to fight for your life or future in court later..... this is not the Wild, Wild West.... people should learn better problem solving skills than shooting others in the heat of the moment.
alt ideas needed May 24, 2012 at 03:11 PM
you might feel differently if you have ever been a victim. just don't enter my house illegally, and we should be fine.
Alfred May 24, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Tosa720 that is certainly your right to be a victim, knock yourself out. Fortunately we have the 2nd amendment which many of us hold dear and we take it very seriously in protecting our family and property. But by all means, if you enjoy being a victim, continue.
jbw May 24, 2012 at 09:43 PM
The proper term is "law enforcement", as opposed to "crime prevention". The police are a law enforcement agency - meaning their primary purpose is to apprehend people after they violate a law so that the penalty proscribed by the law may be applied (i.e. enforcing the law). Protecting people is part of crime prevention, so is running regular patrols and teaching people to stop leaving their valuables in unlocked cars on the street overnight. Doing those things can make the neighborhood a better place to live, but it isn't law enforcement. Realistically speaking the police aren't going to be there when a crime occurs because there aren't nearly enough of them to blanket the city. So yeah, everyone is responsible for his/her own safety and property. Weird concept, eh? Here's another blindly-obvious eye-opener: anyone can easily break into your home, fire a gun, grab something, and run off long before police can respond unless you live in a fortified estate with bulletproof windows. Just think what can happen if you walk down the street! That's the chance we take every take everyday just by being alive, though most people lack the basic intelligence to see the reality. It doesn't mean you have to freak out and start shooting everyone who looks at you cockeyed, though - life has always been that way.
acroyear May 25, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Saturday, I caught a black teen stealing a bicycle from a driveway around 70th/69th street and Milwaukee Ave. Minutes before stealing the bike, he asked me what was the quickest way to get to 45th and Wright. I called the police about the incident. But the officer that showed up at my doorstep seemed rather indifferent about the matter. I even told him the location where he'd find the thief! The cop told me he'd call me if they catch the suspect. I never called me.. I'm sick of all this black crime, notably black youth crime. Be it at Mayfair or where ever. Last summer, I came across 4 or 5 black prowlers at around 83rd and Warren at 9 pm on a Saturday night. I must've caught them off guard since they seemed surprised to see me- since they were cutting through someone's yard. And I know for a fact that they don't at that house. They were probably looking to steal copper downspouts.
alt ideas needed May 25, 2012 at 12:20 AM
you gotta do what you gotta do. Milwaukee is the new Detroit, therefore Wauwatosa is now becoming the new Flint.
Bucky May 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Alfred ... If your not doing anything sometime , go over to Alt's house and you can get a BEER and a ( get ) SHOT !
alt ideas needed May 27, 2012 at 01:41 AM
WalkerGate, What are you going to do when a gun toting, drug addicted, rapists breaks into your house in the middle of the night? Why would I shoot Alfred if I invited him over for a beer? I would shoot you if you decide to enter my property.
Ray Ray Johnson May 29, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Bragging about your willingness to take a life over some hunk of crap you bought at Wal Mart does not advance the platform of safety among self-protection advocates.
alt ideas needed May 29, 2012 at 05:31 PM
RayRay Johnson, I am not bragging, just stating my opinion. I do not shop at WalMart. I would only shoot to protect my own or others' lives. Thank you.
Satori May 29, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Does the Castle Doctrine have any sobriety requirements? If so, Alfred is screwed.

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