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Girl Goes Straight from Probation Meeting to Mall, Gets Caught Stealing

Threat of incarceration for prior juvenile felony is not enough to keep her from committing more crimes, and not waiting long after her latest reminder to do it.

It's hard to get through to some people.

A girl on probation for armed robbery met with her probation officer late Friday morning, then went right to Mayfair Mall to pick up some new clothes – with no intention of paying for them.

At 2 p.m. Friday, the 17-year-old Milwaukee girl was arrested for theft from at Mayfair Mall.

A store security officer noticed the girl carrying some clothing, and moments later saw her walking quickly toward the door. The security alarm went off, and he followed her out and stopped her.

She reached into her large purse, handed back a T-shirt and asked, “Can I go now?” Without waiting for an answer, started off toward the exit.

The store officer followed, believing she had more stolen apparel. He repeatedly told her to stop, but she kept walking, at the same time calling someone on her cell phone to pick her up at the door.

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But before she got there, she was surrounded by additional mall security officers and detained. She finally gave up four more stolen items from her purse.

She gave police a false name and only provided her real identity when told she would be fingerprint-scanned. Then she was asked for her mother’s phone number, but when a police officer called the number, he said he knew instantly he was not talking to the girl's mother.

Only when told she would not be released from custody until police contacted her mother did she give them the real number – admitting that the first number was for the same friend and accomplice she had been calling earlier.

An officer reached her mother, who told them that her daughter was already on juvenile probation for being party to the crime of armed robbery – in fact, she and her daughter had both met with the girl’s probation officer late in the morning, just a couple of hours earlier.

The girl acknowledged it – she had met up with her friend right after the probation meeting and they laid plans to go on a shoplifting spree.

She also had prior arrests for theft and obstructing, and was supposed to be living at a group home.

The girl was ordered to appear at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office and was released to the custody of the group home supervisor.

alt ideas needed September 11, 2012 at 06:04 PM
thanks Jim, I try to stay away from Mayfair at all costs -
Betty September 12, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Dear alt ideas, I am the mother of two teenagers. Neither are honor roll or juvies. They are just good kids in need of something to do after they complete homework, sports, work, music lessons, church, volunteer service hours, etc. They don't want mom or dad tagging along to the mall with them, nor do I want to follow behind them. I trust my kids, have taught them values. I'm not a helicopter parent. For all those who want to ban teens from the mall, what other solution do you have for a social life for teens? They can't go to the movie theater at Mayfair, even though they could walk there. Instead, they spend their work and babysitting money in Waukesha County at the Majestic Theater and Brookfield Square. That's not good for the Wauwatosa community. Stop throwing the blanket of blame on all teens because of the actions of a few. Come up with some alternative ideas please.
Cheryl in Tosa September 12, 2012 at 03:49 PM
How about raising your kids with proper values? I went to Mayfair everyday afterschool to take the city bus because I was involved in sports at Whitman and West after school and needed an alternative way home other than the school bus. I spent most of my allowance money at Mayfair and was never arrested for stealing, vandalism or the like. My parents would have killed me if I caused problems and if I suddenly had some shiny new big ticket items, they would have been suspect as to where I got them and probably marched me down to the police station themselves. Pay attention and raise your kids right; HOME is the first and most important step!
Tosa720 September 12, 2012 at 03:56 PM
It is not just teens shoplifting. There are all ages and manner of people who shoplift. Maybe all bags and purses should be checked for receipts upon leaving the mall. When purchasing something, each shopper could be told their bag will be searched when they leave, so they should make sure to have their receipt with them. If they don't they get escorted back to the store to check if they bought the items.
BleedingHeart617 September 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Contact the owners of Mayfair Mall and tell them to put the policy into affect every day. If kids are good, and have good values, they shouldn't mind their own parents being in the same place as them. Better yet, tell the owners to stop catering to children.

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