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Police Report: Update on Crime in Wauwatosa

Group of would-be shoplifters just won't give up, trying same theft attempt four times.

An incident reported Sunday showed persistence if not talent in the art of shoplifting.

Store security staff at reported that between 1 and 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday several girls or young women made four attempts to steal clothing from the store.

In each case, they were being watched and were approached by a loss-prevention officer. When they saw him, they put the clothing away. When he moved away, they tried it again.

And again. And again, without success. The incident was not reported earlier because the store officer thought he should not report it if nothing was stolen. Police informed him that they wanted to be called in the future whether there was a theft or not.

Monday

At 12:51 a.m., morning and reported as a chronic, daily runaway was again reported absent by the Carmelite Home for Boys.

Sunday

A resident of the 7400 block of Maple Terrace reported that some time between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 a.m. Sunday, someone entered his unlocked pickup truck while it was parked in his driveway, rifled through it, and stole his briefcase. He estimated the value of the briefcase and its contents, including his prescription eyeglasses, to be $743.

Several unlocked vehicles were also entered Saturday night or Sunday morning at two homes in the 600 block of North 79th Street and one in the 7800 block of Geralayne Circle. Nothing was reported stolen in those incidents.

Saturday

At 8:15 p.m., police recovered a stolen pickup truck in the 7700 block of Stickney Avenue. A resident said he had seen a man park the truck there the evening before and he had said he ran out of gas. He walked away and didn’t return.

At 12:36 a.m., a 50-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested for drunken driving, first offense, after patrol officers saw him slumped at the wheel of his car, which was parked on the sidewalk at the northeast corner of Wauwatosa Avenue and Blanchard Street with the lights on and the engine running, with a flat tire and a damaged rim. The man failed a field sobriety test and blew a .21 blood alcohol level.

Friday

At 6:22 p.m., a 23-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for retail theft at in Mayfair Mall after he tried to leave the store wearing a pair of stolen jeans under his own pair.

A Milwaukee woman reported that sometime between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Wednesday someone had broken into her car and stolen a number of items while it was parked at , 2885 N. Mayfair Rd. The driver’s door lock had been punched out.

At 9:45 a.m., the produce manager at ., reported that he saw a man drive off with six tables that had been taken outside during remodeling. The man was driving a blue pickup truck. The produce manager told the store manager, who immediately went to Action Recyclers, 5329 W. State St., Milwaukee, where he saw the truck, with his tables in it, parked on the scale. When the manager approached the truck while taking pictures, the driver took off at high speed, with one of the tables falling off in the process. Action Recyclers had made a copy of the thief’s driver’s license, listing him as a 58-year-old Milwaukee man. Neither the store manager nor staff at the recycling business managed to get a license plate number.

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