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Police Report: Update on Crime in Wauwatosa

A stolen car, a toy gun and a sex offender who grew uncomfortable in his bracelet are among the week's incidents.

Friday

A resident of the 2400 block of North 71st Street reported that some time between 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 5:30 a.m. Friday, someone stole her car from her driveway. She was unsure whether she had locked the car, and police found no broken glass or other signs of a forced entry.

Thursday

At 4:05 p.m., a 21-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for theft at Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Rd., after he put three ink cartridges and an electric razor, together worth $331.96, in a bag and tried to leave the store without paying. He was given a $618 citation.

At 3:37 p.m., a 44-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he was seen urinating in the street near the corner of North 64th Street and West Milwaukee Avenue.

Wednesday

At 5:43 p.m., two women, one from Kohler and one from Menomonee Falls, reported that their wallets had been stolen from the employee office at American Laser Skincare, 1233 N. Mayfair Rd. #304. The office door, marked “Employees Only,” is off a main hallway and was left unlocked.

At 4:39 p.m., a 14-year-old Wauwatosa boy was arrested for carrying and displaying a facsimile firearm in public after a customer at Noodles & Co., 7700 W. State St., called police to complain that  one of a group of boys in front of the restaurant was showing off a gun. It turned out to be an airsoft toy gun his mother had bought him.

At 3:50 p.m., a 25-year-old Dousman man was arrested for theft at Target, 3900 N. 124th St., when he tried to steal $730 worth of BlueRay DVDs and was also identified as the suspect in the theft Saturday of another $661 worth of DVDs from the store.

At 1 p.m., two men left Kmart with a cartload of merchandise they hadn’t paid for, including at least three throw rugs worth $59.97.

At 3:02 a.m., a 26-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested as a fugitive on six outstanding warrants from Milwaukee County, New Orleans and Las Vegas. The New Orleans warrant listed five felony and eight misdemeanor counts of fraud. The woman was also cited for obstructing an officer after she initially gave a false name to officers because she knew there were warrants out for her.

Tuesday

At 8:54 p.m., a 23-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested for possession of heroin after he was found preparing to “cook” and inject the drug in the public restroom at Mayfair Mall.

At 5:04 p.m., an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl, both from Milwaukee, were arrested for theft and obstructing an officer after they were caught trying to leave Macy’s at Mayfair Mall without paying for $175 worth of merchandise and then gave false names to police officers.

At 4:39 p.m., two Milwaukee men, one 26 and one 27, were arrested for arrested for theft at Target, 3900 N. 124th St., after they were caught trying to steal a video game console and games. Store employees were watching them because one had been recognized as a suspect in the theft the day before of $1,794 worth of game controllers. That man, the 27-year-old, was positively identified from a video recording and admitted the earlier theft, netting himself a second count of theft.

A Two Rivers man reported that some time between 9 a.m. and noon someone had broken the rear passenger window and punched out the front passenger door lock on his work truck while it was parked at a road construction site in the 10800 block of Blue Mound Road. Nothing was taken from the truck.

A resident of the 6100 block of Washington Circle reported that some time between 11 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday, someone had stolen his golf clubs and a cell phone charger, together worth $905, from his unlocked car while it was parked in his driveway.

At 7:38 a.m., two men were seen punching out the lock of a truck belonging to a Milwaukee man while it was parked at Wisconsin Athletic Club, 8700 Watertown Plank Rd. The men fled in a car when an employee came out to confront them.

At 2:18 a.m., two 17-year-old boys, one from Wauwatosa and one from West Allis, and an 18-year-old West Allis man, were arrested for underage drinking and prowling after they were found intoxicated and hiding in a garden shed during a police search for suspects in at least one complaint of an auto entry. A resident of the 6500 block of Powell Place had called police after seeing several juveniles rummaging through a car.

Monday

At 11:32 a.m., a 26-year-old Wauwatosa man who lives in the 2200 block of North 73rd Street was arrested for violating his parole as a two-time life sex offender by removing a GPS ankle bracelet imposed by the Department of Corrections. Police were alerted by an automatic alarm that goes off if such a bracelet is removed. He admitted police officers to his apartment but when they asked to see his bracelet he at first did not pull up his pants leg far enough to show it. When police demanded he pull it up farther, the bracelet fell to the floor. “That’s weird, don’t know what happened there,” he said. Upon questioning, though, he admitted he had been tugging at the bracelet for a year and it had finally come off. The man is required to wear the bracelet for the rest of his life.

At 2:08 a.m., a 22-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for carrying a concealed knife after he was stopped for questioning when he was seen near three bicycles that were lying in the grass at Roosevelt Elementary School. The bikes turned out to have been stolen from a garage at a residence in the 7300 block of West Clarke Street. A screen had been cut and the window broken to get at the bikes, and a screen had been cut on a window of the house as well. The 22-year-old denied any involvement and was not arrested in the burglary. He gave DNA samples that will be used in the further investigation of the burglary.

Alexia Wilhelm August 01, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Hi Jim, considering ALL the burglaries that have recently taken place and being a victim of such a crime as well a few years ago, I am completely upset and don't understand why the street lights are turned off in our neighborhoods at night/early a.m. I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and noticed again it was pitch black outside, how convenient for a burgulary, don't you agree??? Can you answer that question for me or who can? Sincerely, a very concerned longtime Wauwatosa resident
Jim Price August 01, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Hi Alexia – Although the action was taken some time before Wauwatosa Patch came into being, I can tell you that the city decided last fall to "experiment" with reduced hours of street lighting in parts of the city. In most areas that meant turning them on 30 later and off 30 minutes earlier; but in some places they were turned off much earlier. The idea, of course, is to save money by saving energy, but if it is upsetting to you, you should let your aldermen know. The Police Department had no part in the decision to do this. There is no evidence at this time that the reduced lighting has or has not contributed to a general increase in burglaries or other crimes; in fact, through July 4 burglaries this year were down by almost half from that date last year. I will do some checking, though, and see whether there is any evidence of more crimes occurring in those areas without late-night lighting, and also whether the police have had any trouble pursuing suspects in unlighted areas.

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