A 40-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested Thursday and has been charged with felony possession of narcotics after police were called about suspicious activity at the north end of the city dump.
Robert Pekrun stands charged with possession of methamphetamine and another less-potent drug.
A 30-year-old male relative from the same address – just north of the dump on North 113th Street – was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia in the same incident.
According to police reports, at 12:42 a.m., officers were sent to North 113th Street and West Gilbert Avenue after a caller reported a dark-colored van parked in the intersection, and a man with a flashlight walking into the dump.
The first officer arrived to find the younger man loading large chunks of wood into the back of the van. He said he was just collecting firewood, but the officer said he seemed very nervous and appeared to be high on drugs.
Two more officers arrived, and they heard a noise from the dump and spotted Robert Pekrun coming through the trees with a flashlight in one hand and the other hand in his coat pocket. When ordered to show both hands, he refused, and rather began to dig around in other pockets.
Two officers had to grab Pekrun by both arms to control and then handcuff him. In a coat pocket, they found a bag within a bag, containing nine tablets identified as methamphetamine, a Schedule II narcotic, and six identified as Alprazolam, a schedule IV narcotic.
The younger man had a homemade crack pipe and a straw with what appeared to be powdered drug residue at both ends.
Another relative from the same address, John Michael Pekrun, was killed in June 2011 by an Iowa State Patrol officer when he charged with a knife after a crash in a stolen pickup truck. He had been on the lam after stealing three cars in one night, two of them from the same home of a near neighbor in Wauwatosa.
A brother of John Pekrun's, Matthew Pekrun, was arrested and charged in 2008 in the screwdriver stabbing of an off-duty Milwaukee police officer, who shot him three times, grievously wounding him, but he was never convicted after four mistrials.
Wauwatosa police say that the Pekrun home – which is just a few blocks north of the police station – has been the subject of more police calls and investigations, for far longer, than any other address in the city.