A Milwaukee man is facing charges after he got caught stealing candy bars from a Wauwatosa gas station then and then selling the bars to another gas station.
Peter Ward Jr., 44, was charged Thursday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with one count of retail theft and one count of bail jumping. If convicted, he could face up to 18 months in prison and $20,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Dec. 3, a worker at Speedway, 6804 W. North Ave., saw Ward enter the store on three separate occasions and leave without paying for anything. The worker became suspicious of the activity and discovered he had stolen four large boxes of candy bars.
On Dec. 13, Ward came back and stole more candy bars from the gas station. He came back again Wednesday, but the worker recognized him from the previous thefts and called police.
Ward immediately admitted to the thefts when police arrived, saying he would steal the candy bars, then take them to another gas station where “Arabs” would pay him cash for the merchandise.
He then told police “I can’t believe I’m going to jail for some candy bars,” and then followed with “I’m never working for those Arabs again.”