A foreman for KS Energy Services of New Berlin reported that some time since May 1 someone had stolen $13,550 worth of tools from a shipping container at a storage site near a construction project the company is working on.
The same foreman had a few weeks ago reported the loss of more than $200,000 worth of custom-made pipes and valves from the same yard.
The container was in a yard behind Lindenmeyer Munroe Paper, 3000 N. 112th St., near where KS is working on a utility project on North Mayfair Road. Police examined the padlock that had been on the container, which was lying on the ground next to it, found it to be undamaged, and concluded that it had not been locked at all but was just hanging on the hasp.
They also found a driver’s license at the scene, and later located its owner, who admitted that he is a “scrapper” but denied he was involved in a burglary or theft.
He was found to be a registered customer with a Mill Road scrap yard and as such did not have to show the product he was selling. Police could find none of KS’ missing property at the yard, and the suspect was released, with a warning that the investigation was still open and he was still a suspect.
In other recent incidents:
At 2:18 p.m., police were called to , 6700 W. State St., on a report of a retail theft in progress, and a moment later were alerted that the suspect was fighting with store security employees. By the time officers arrived, he had escaped and fled. Store staff said the man had been seen hiding a bottle of vodka in a backpack. He was stopped and was being led to the security office when he became surly and then ran. He ploughed into a Sentry employee on his way out the door, ripping the worker’s shirt in the process. He jumped into a blue Saturn SUV with another subject at the wheel and they drove off. The suspect was described as black with a medium-brown complexion, bald, 30 to 40 years old, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 190 to 220 pounds, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans and with sunglasses on top of his head.
A Delavan woman reported that between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. someone smashed a window out of her car and stole her purse while it she was parked at , 10950 W. Potter Rd., attending a class. She immediately canceled her credit cards and stopped her checks, and there was no activity reported on her accounts.
Employees of Kelmann Corp., 12001 W. Dearbourn Ave., reported that overnight someone had broken into the business and ransacked several offices and a conference room. Three television sets and cash were stolen. Police could find no signs of forced entry of an outer door and theorized that the front door had been left unlocked. The inner vestibule doors had been locked but were pried open. Several other interior doors were either pried open or bashed open by bodily force.
At 5:08 p.m., a 48-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for retail theft after she tried to steal two bottles of vodka from . An unknown accomplice concealed three bottles of vodka, and she escaped, but she left her liquor behind in her rush.
A security officer at , 3900 N. 124th St., reported that the accounting department had located a counterfeit $100 bill passed recently and he had been able to trace the transaction to one that occurred at 8:30 the night before, when a woman had bought $7 worth of toiletries and received $93 in change. The bill turned out to be a $5 bill that had been washed of its ink and reprinted to look like a Ben Franklin.
At 8:08 a.m., a resident of the 2200 block of North 104th Street reported that a suspicious character had been peering in her front picture window and had tried her front storm door handle. She confronted the man, and he claimed that he was looking for a place to live. When she sent him away, she said, he went next door and was doing the same thing. She said she had seen the man in the neighborhood the day before, and she had spoken to a neighbor who had also confronted him. After both her encounter and his, she said, the man had wandered off onto the property of Mayfair Mall. He had also claimed to her neighbor that he worked at the mall at a game store, but the manager of Game Stop, the only such store in the mall, said no such man was employed there. The resident described him as black, 28 to 32 years old, 5 feet 4 or 5 inches tall and about 120 to 130 pounds. She said he was wearing all dark clothing and large sunglasses and carrying a backpack.
At 4:37 p.m., a Milwaukee man reported that while he was at , 2885 N. Mayfair Rd., his locker and two other lockers had been broken into and cash and a check from his employer had been stolen. He said he had seen an unknown man in the locker room whom he suspected might have done it, but there were no other witnesses or any evidence to indicate a likely suspect to police.
A 36-year-old Wauwatosa woman was cited for contributing to the truancy of her children after attempts by both their schools and the police were unsuccessful in impressing upon her the need for them to attend classes. Her 16-year-old son had been absent without excuse for all or parts of 23 days from this semester, and her 13-year-old daughter had 53 unexcused absences from since the beginning of the school year.
At 8:03 p.m., a 27-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for retail theft at at after she left the store without paying for $750 worth of clothing, shoes and accessories.
A resident of the 7000 block of W. Clarke Street reported that overnight someone had entered his unlocked car in his driveway and rummage through it, but he did not find anything missing.
Cited for habitual truancy from were:
- A 17-year-old Milwaukee girl for missing all or part of 29 school days this semester.
- A 16-year-old Wauwatosa girl for missing all or part of 26 days.
- A 17-year-old Wauwatosa boy for missing all or part of 21 days.
- A 17-year-old Wauwatosa girl for missing all or part of 14 days just since being found guilty of habitual truancy on April 16.
A 49-year-old Wauwatosa woman was taken into custody at her home in the 2300 block of Swan Boulevard and was being held at the County Criminal Justice Facility on suspicion of stealing three credit cards and a cell phone from a family member. She had recently been released from prison and was ordered held by probation authorities.
The owner of , 12020 W. Feerick St., reported that overnight someone had tried to pry open an overhead door on the loading dock. The door was damaged but there was no entry.
An employee of Anick & Associates, 11933 W. Burleigh St., reported that overnight someone had smashed the outer pane of a window. Police investigated the incident as vandalism as there was no evidence to indicate any attempt to gain entry.