At 10 a.m. last Thursday, a 12-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for disorderly conduct after he opened a fire extinguisher in the basement at Ted’s Ice Cream and Restaurant, 6204 W. North Ave.
The manager said that two boys had come in and went to use the rest room in the basement. He heard laughter, and the boys came running up the stairs and out the door.
The manager smelled what he thought was smoke, and he ran after them. He saw they were heading for a county bus at the corner of 62nd Street and called police.
One of the boys, he said, turned around and shouted profanities at him, and said, “What the … you gonna do about it?”
Police stopped the bus and questioned three boys. Another 12-year-old, they said, was respectful and cooperative and told them his friend had set off the extinguisher. He and a 14-year-old were released.
The suspect 12-year-old lied to police, was belligerent and uncooperative, and was found to have a warrant for his arrest. He was sent to the Juvenile Justice Center.
In other incidents:
A Milwaukee woman reported that between 11:20 p.m. Thursday and 1:10 a.m. while she was at Jo-Jo’s Martini Lounge, 418 N. Mayfair Rd., someone smashed a window in her car and stole her laptop computer and a backpack containing her college textbooks. She placed her total loss in property and damage at $1,100.
A Menomonee Falls man reported that between 2:20 and 2:45 p.m., while he was at Best Buy, 2421 N. Mayfair Rd., someone entered his work van, broke into the cargo space and stole a bag containing an iPad, jewelry and some tools, together worth nearly $6,000. There was no sign of forced entry to the cab, and the victim said he might have left the passenger door unlocked. The cargo door appeared to have been pried open.
A loss prevention manager at Metcalfe’s Sentry Foods, 6700 W. State St., reported that upon reviewing recent store security video, he discovered three liquor thefts: On Feb. 8, two men stole two bottles each of Absolut vodka ($115.96 retail value); on Feb. 9, one man stole a bottle of Absolut and one of Jose Cuervo tequila ($50.98); and on Tuesday, one man made off with two bottles of Absolut, two of Gentleman Jack whiskey, and one of Wild Turkey American Honey ($147.95). The video provided police with reasonably good still photos of the thieves.
Two cars were reported broken into in the parking lot of Starbucks, 151 N. Mayfair Rd., sometime between 9:50 and 10:30 p.m. A Wauwatosa woman lost her backpack containing several textbooks, and a West Allis man lost an iPod dock and a nylon case containing 300 Warlords collectible cards. In each case, windows were smashed and the window frames were damaged by a prying tool.
A 24-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested at City Hall when she made an appearance in Municipal Court and was found to be wanted by the Muskego Police for retail theft. She was unable to post $615 bond and was held for Muskego officers.
Police were seeking a 22-year-old Milwaukee man and expected to get a warrant on charges of battery after his former girlfriend told police he had beaten her up at her apartment in the 3000 block of North 124th Street. She said that she had broken up with him after dating on and off for over a year and a half, and that she had arranged with him to drop off his key to her apartment. After turning over the key, she said, he began punching her in the face, knocked her down, and then punched her in the head. She had cuts and swelling and was taken to Froedtert Hospital for treatment. She told police the suspect had physically abused her probably 20 times during their relationship but she had never called police before.
The loss prevention manager at Metcalfe’s Sentry reported discovering on video the theft of four bottles of liquor on Sunday by a man he believes also committed a similar theft on Jan. 6 and an armed robbery of the store on Nov. 2. The suspect was arrested on Jan. 6 after stealing liquor from Sendik’s, 8616 W. North Ave., shortly after he had taken liquor from Sentry.
At 5:41 p.m., a 54-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested at Mayfair Mall when he was recognized by security as the suspect in a theft of a $300 pair of sunglasses from the Solstice store, and as someone banned from the mall for earlier thefts. Police officers found him and arrested him for trespassing, then questioned him about theft on Monday. After initially denying he’d ever been there, when confronted with the video evidence he confessed and said he’d sold the glasses for $65 to buy food.
At 12:44 p.m., an employee at the Starbucks at 12345 W. Capitol Dr. reported that for the third time in a week someone had stolen the tip jar off the counter. He said he had been working behind the register Wednesday when a customer told him a man had just grabbed the jar and run out the door. He gave chase and saw the suspect jump into a waiting car. He described the man as white, 40 to 50 years old, 6-feet-1- to 6-feet-2-inches tall, 170 to 190 pounds, unshaven with a scruffy beard, long black hair with some gray in it, ruddy complexion, and wearing blue jeans and a blue denim jacket. The complainant said he thought there might have been around $20 in the tip jar this time.
At 12:34 a.m., a 32-year-old West Allis man was arrested for disorderly conduct and on an open felony warrant after a State Patrol trooper saw him urinating in public at the corner of Blue Mound Road and North 68th Street and called police. The suspect was drunk and admitted it was stupid of him. The police report said he was wanted by the Dane County Sheriff’s Department but did not say for what.
At 12:40 p.m., a 21-year-old woman was arrested for trespassing and for theft from Crazy 8 at Mayfair Mall and a 15-year-old Milwaukee girl with her was arrested for trespassing after they were seen in the store with a foil-lined bag. A police officer stopped them in the mall and found the woman with a booster bag containing $36.95 worth of stolen items. Both subjects had been previously banned from the mall for theft.
A Hopkins, IL, woman reported that overnight while she was staying at the Radisson Hotel, 2303 N. Mayfair Rd., someone smashed a window out of her rental car and stole $950 worth of hair-styling tools, 17 Vicodin pills and $27 worth of assorted Valentine’s Day gifts.
At 4:15 p.m., a 19-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for theft from Metcalfe’s Sentry after he was seen putting two bottles of vodka down his pants and was stopped trying to leave the store. The suspect was already on probation for theft and had an open warrant for retail theft in Brown Deer. He said he planned to sell the liquor for money to “buy stuff.”
A teacher at Wauwatosa West High School reported the theft of a school-owned iPad worth $540. She could not say when or where the device had gone missing because it was one of four that had been stored for some time and moved around while inside their original boxes. The absence of one was only noticed now when all four boxes were opened so she could perform software updates.
At 11:47 a.m., a 27-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for theft from the Walgreens at 6600 W. State St. after he was seen stuffing candy bars in his pockets before running out of the store. Police tracked him down at Import Auto Repair, 6210 W. State, where he was found to have 39 stolen candy bars on him worth $68.72. He was also found to have three open cases of theft pending and so was also arrested for bail-jumping and sent to the County Jail.
At 1:31 a.m., a 31-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, first offense, after a patrol officer saw him driving erratically and dangerously on West North Avenue and then saw him run a stop sign at North 62nd and West Wright streets. The driver said he was coming from a restaurant and had drunk a couple of beers, which he knew he shouldn’t mix with prescription medicine he takes. He failed field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a breath test, so he was taken to Wisconsin Heart Hospital for a forced blood draw.