Police were seeking a known suspect in an apartment burglary reported early Tuesday and were certain enough of his identity they were already seeking charges before having him in custody.
Meanwhile, they quickly arrested a suspect in an earlier apartment burglary who was not hard to find — he was in the upstairs.
According to the police reports:
At 12:13 a.m. Tuesday, a woman who had just moved into an apartment in the 6600 block of West Center Street reported that she had just come home and seen her estranged ex-boyfriend’s car in the alley, and she feared he was inside.
She had called police at 5 p.m. Monday to report seeing him near her apartment, and told officers then that she was in danger from him. She said that a few days before he had shot at her, and Milwaukee police confirmed a temporary warrant for his arrest for endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon.
Officers found fresh tire tracks in the alley, and that her apartment had been forcibly broken into and pillaged.
The deadbolt had been smashed out of the doorframe and thrown in the garbage. A brand new couch had been slashed “on every part of it” and then doused with bleach and Comet brand cleanser.
The victim’s clothing had been piled in her bedroom and also doused with bleach and Comet.
Her television, a Blu-Ray disc player and her wallet had been stolen.
The suspect left a note for the victim that indicated he was jealous that she was seeing another man and that he believed she owed him $9,500.
Police officers were sent to the suspect’s last known address, and as they were approaching saw him drive into the alley. He fled in the car and escaped.
Police were in the process of requesting a charging warrant from the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.
The suspect is the father of a child with the victim, but she said they are separated and he has no custody rights.
Woman's suspicions prove well-founded
At 11:11 a.m. Friday, an 18-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested for burglary after property belonging to a neighbor was found in his apartment.
A resident of the 11800 block of West North Avenue reported that on five occasions dating back to the week before Thanksgiving and including the theft of her laptop on Thursday, she had found things missing from her apartment, among them cash, jewelry and electronics.
She suspected her upstairs neighbor’s son, she said, because he had been an associate of the son of the previous tenant, and she believed he might have acquired a key. There had been no forced entries, she said.
Police went upstairs to interview the young man and his mother and quickly found the victim’s laptop in his room.
Police planned to forward a request for charges to the DA on Monday.