Four Wauwatosa West High School boys, two 16 and two 17, were arrested Wednesday at the school for underage alcohol consumption and for consumption of alcohol on school grounds.
One of the boys had brought a sports bottle to school filled with a mixture of vodka and Dr. Pepper soda and had been sharing it with the others during the day – beginning well before classes, at about 7:30 a.m. in the school library.
They were discovered when a member of the school staff smelled alcohol on the breath of one of the boys and he confessed to the school police resource officer under questioning.
In other recent incidedents:
A Greenfield couple reported that between 10:35 and 11:15 a.m. someone broke into their car and stole a purse by smashing a window while they were at Currie Park Golf Course, 3535 N. Mayfair Rd. Police found 13 BB-gun shots in the front passenger window of the car, but it was unbroken. The thief then smashed the rear passenger window and crawled through it to get at the purse under the right front seat without ever unlocking or opening either door. The woman lost cash, identification and a number of bank and store credit cards, one of which had already been used to make a $400 purchase at a Target store before she could cancel them.
A resident of the 2500 block of North 82nd Street reported that someone had slashed a large inflatable spider decorating his yard for Halloween.
A resident of the 7600 block of W. Clarke Street reported that overnight someone had entered her unlocked car in her driveway and rummaged through it, but nothing was taken.
A resident of the 7900 block of Livingston Avenue reported an overnight entry of her unlocked car and the loss of a small amount of loose cash.
Police were called to the BP gas station at 11417 Watertown Plank Rd. on a report of an attempted break-in. A large rock had been thrown through the front door at 10:40 p.m., smashing it and setting off an alarm. The would-be burglar apparently fled without entering the business.
At 7:49 p.m., a 48-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested for theft and trespassing at the Pick ‘n Save at 1717 N. Mayfair Rd. after he was recognized as a habitual retail theft offender and then seen trying to leave without paying for three four-packs of Natural Ice beer. He was stopped after he set off a security sensor and found to also have a 750ml bottle of whiskey stuffed down the front of his pants. A manager said so many bottles of that brand had been going missing the store had attached sensors to all of them. The man had been arrested twice on Oct. 24, just three hours apart, and had been arrested earlier Wednesday as well. He was ticketed and informed that another incident of retail theft, no matter how small, would result in police seeking state criminal charges.
The manager of CVS Pharmacy, 7520 Blue Mound Road, reported that at about 3:30 p.m. he recognized a man in the liquor aisle as a repeat retail thief and approached, telling him to stop, whereupon the man ran out of the store with three bottles of liquor and escaped in an older green conversion van.
At 11:30 p.m., a 32-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for substantial battery and violation of an injunction after he beat up a Wauwatosa woman in front of her four children, three of whom he fathered.
A Hartland man reported that some time during the day someone smashed a window out of his car while he was at Milwaukee Career College, 3077 N. Mayfair Rd. No property was missing from the car.
At 7:56 p.m., a 53-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for disorderly conduct at Mayfair Mall and turned out to be a habitual offender. The man first drew the attention of a mall security agent when she saw him trying to walk up a down escalator. When she helpfully told him he couldn’t go that way, he became profanely belligerent and made a disturbing scene in public, screaming and shouting incoherently at shoppers. Police were called and said they immediately smelled strong odors of alcohol and urine on the man. He turned out to have a bench warrant for an earlier case of disorderly conduct and a total of 26 arrests on his adult court record, 11 of those also for disorderly conduct.
At 4:51 p.m., police were called to Office Max, 12140 W. Burleigh St., on a report that an unknown man had just run out of the store with a laptop computer worth $580 retail. Police searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. He was described as black, 30 to 40 years old, 6-feet-1- to 6-feet-3-inches tall, 200 to 220 pounds, with a beard. He was last seen wearing a dark green-and-black plaid coat and matching winter hat.
A resident of the 6800 block of Milwaukee Avenue reported that in the past couple of days someone had stolen a cast iron hitching post from her front yard.
At 9:30 a.m., police recovered a 2011 Chevy Malibu in the parking lot of Mayfair Mall that had been reported stolen in Milwaukee. The car had been sitting in the lot for several days and had been ticketed a number of times before mall security called police to investigate.
The owner of Elite Energy Distribution, 4700 N. 124th St., reported that some time since late Saturday someone had unbolted and stolen the catalytic converter off a leased commercial truck parked at his loading dock. He reported the cost of replacing the converter at $2,000.
At 2:45 a.m., a 23-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, first offense, after a patrol officer saw him driving erratically in the Village and followed as he crossed the Harmonee Bridge and then turned south on Glenview Avenue. The driver tried to elude the officer by turning into secluded Rockaway Place and pulled into a resident’s driveway, going all the way to the back of the house. After waiting 17 minutes and thinking the officer had left, the driver emerged and was pulled over. He admitted having been drinking, performed poorly on sobriety tests and registered a .14 blood alcohol concentration on an evidentiary breath test.
At 3:17 p.m., the manager of Sendik’s reported that an unknown man had just escaped with two bottles of liquor. Police were unable to locate a suspect in the theft.
A Brookfield man went to the Wauwatosa police station to report that on Thursday, while he had been parked in the 900 block of North 87th Street, someone had entered his unlocked car and stolen his checkbook. Later, a check was forged for $250 on his bank account.
A resident of the 2300 block of North 63rd Street reported that between 7 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. someone broke into her home and stole a laptop computer. Police found that the burglar had cut a screen and raised a window to get in. It appeared the window had not been locked.
At 5:53 p.m., a 19-year-old St. Francis man was arrested for theft at Boston Store in Mayfair Mall after store security detained him and found a stolen shirt stuffed under his sweatshirt.
At 3:18 p.m., a 20-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for theft at Macy’s in Mayfair after he was caught trying to steal a pair of socks and a sports jacket, totaling $91.
At 12:48 p.m., a loss prevention agent at Target, 3900 N. 124th St., reported a known suspect had just attempted to steal a large TV set and that he was part of a known group of four or five suspects who have committed numerous electronics thefts from area Target stores. The man police are seeking has a warrant for his arrest for burglary.