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Police Reports: K9 Officer Addy Has a Busy Week

Dog sniffs out a dangerous fugitive, who surrenders rather than facing fangs.

Wauwatosa's police dog, Addy, confronted a dangerous escaped criminal and rooted out hidden drug paraphernalia last week.

On Tuesday, a 31-year-old Oak Creek man was arrested on multiple, unspecified warrants after he escaped and fled at 7:30 p.m. from the Froedtert Hospital Emergency Room, where he had been taken on a medical detention by the West Milwaukee police. Wauwatosa police were advised that the man had a lengthy history of assaultive behavior and use of weapons.

He was spotted by an officer in an alley east of North Robertson Avenue near Gridley Avenue. The Tosa Police Department’s K9 officer arrived with Addy, who canvassed the neighborhood with his nose and pulled his officer in through an open gate at a residence in the 8300 block of North Portland Avenue.

He then led the way toward a shed in the back yard. After two demands to come out, accompanied by warnings that the dog would be released, the Oak Creek man emerged from the shed and surrendered without resistance.

The nose knows

At 9:41 p.m. Monday, police were called to , 2201 N. Mayfair Rd., on a complaint from a manager that she had twice that evening seen one of her employees, a server, smoking marijuana in the parking lot.

Officers interviewed the server, a 21-year-old Verona man, who denied having or smoking any marijuana. But when Addy was called in, he immediately zeroed in on a backpack inside the man’s employee locker.

Inside was a quart jar containing flakes of marijuana, which the man admitted was his. His car was then searched, and a digital scale was found, also with marijuana residue. He was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

In other recent incidents:

Thursday

At 5:22 p.m., a 50-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for possession of stolen property and trespassing after police scanning Mayfair Mall Security radio heard a report of an attempted retail theft from the store.  The message said that the woman had been stopped and had returned the store’s merchandise, then left. An officer found the woman at the Treats by Bernadette shop, but she denied having stolen anything. However, a shop employee pointed out a bag in the store and said the woman had dropped it when the police officer showed up. The bag contained jewelry that proved to have been taken from Aldo, and it turned out that the suspect had in fact returned to Aldo not its items but others stolen earlier from and . The woman was also under a five-year ban from the mall since a 2009 theft, and another five years was tacked on to that.

A Waukesha man reported that some time since 5 p.m. Tuesday both license plates had been stolen off a company van belonging to ., while the van was parked there.

Wednesday

A citizen turned in a Ford vehicle key with an electronic entry fob found in during Fourth of July observances. Anyone believing it to belong to be his or her property may contact the Wauwatosa Police Department, where it is being held for safekeeping.

Monday

At 5:49 p.m., a 21-year-old Franklin man was arrested for retail theft after police were called to seek a thief in Mayfair Mall who had taken a pair of Gucci sunglasses from . The suspect was described as wearing a white T-shirt and gray shorts and was carrying a Build-a-Bear box. Police spotted him just outside the main entrance, and he admitted to the theft, opened the Build-a-Bear box, and handed over the hidden glasses. He said he had come to the mall to get his girlfriend the toy bear and had only taken the sunglasses on the spur of the moment.

At 4:10 p.m., police were called to , 6931 W. North Ave., on a report that five women had just run out of the store with a large selection of Dora the Explorer children’s party goods. A sales clerk said two of the women had come in first and were looking over and selecting the themed party favors, then began arguing loudly. The other three women entered and joined the first two, and the clerk felt as though these new subjects were trying to distract her from the first two. Eventually, she said, they just all ran out of the store together, one of them carrying a shopping basket full of Dora plates, cups, banners, stickers, pencils and napkins, in all about $60 worth.

The pharmacist at the . reported that a known Milwaukee woman tried to pass a forged prescription for Oxycodone written on a Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare pad. The pharmacist tried to contact the doctor who had signed it only to learn that she is not affiliated with Wheaton. The pharmacist noted that at least two Oxycodone prescriptions had been filled for the suspect recently, but she was now flagged as a forger.

Sunday

At about 11:52 p.m., someone set a portable toilet on fire in Hartung Park, at Menomonee River Parkway and West Keefe Avenue. A resident called police after he heard an explosion in the park and looked out the window to see the toilet in flames and a dark-colored SUV speeding away north on the parkway. A engine arrived just after police and quickly put out the fire. No evidence could be found of what kind of explosive device or accelerant was used. The portable toilet belongs to Waste Management Inc.

At 8:27 p.m., a Wauwatosa police officer on his way to a call was almost hit by a blue Chrysler Sebring darting out of the parking lot of , 11155 W. North Ave. The officer said he had to swerve hard to avoid a collision, and that the Sebring fell in behind him as he continued east on North Avenue toward his call. But soon his call was cancelled and he was told to respond to a report of six people running out of Denny’s without paying their bills and fleeing in two blue cars, one possibly a Sebring. The officer slowed, then changed lanes in the hope that the car would pass him so that he could make a stop. But the Sebring stayed right behind him, slowing and changing lanes with him. Finally, he pulled to the curb and stopped, and the Sebring pulled over too and briefly stopped behind him. It soon pulled out, though, and now the officer was able to use his emergency lights and pull them over. But when the officer got out of his squad car and approached the Sebring, it suddenly accelerated away again at very high speed down North Avenue, and the officer said that by the time he got behind the wheel again, it was already almost out of sight. The car was spotted by another officer on North Avenue near North 69th Street, but he was unable to pursue. Going back to Denny’s, the first officer learned that the six people had come in and sat at two tables next to each other, requested separate checks, and then run out together when they were finished, stiffing the restaurant for bills of $23.93 and $56.01.

Ray Ray Johnson July 08, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Funny. All around Dave and Busters are people of varying degrees of buzzed, all of whom will be getting behind the wheel when they leave, driving away with alcohol in their blood and brains. Yet, in the absurd hypocrisy of the 75 years of marijuana prohibition, this guy gets arrested for a few flakes of weed stuck to a jar, some ashes, and, GASP...a digital scale! And this is a misdemeanor, unless he's been arrested for such aggregious conduct before...then it's a felony. Rassmussen reports that 58% of Americans surveyed favor legalizing marijuana. Chalk ol' Ray Ray (a non-partaker) down as one of the majority. The only crime here was arresting this kid for doing what 40% of Americans do or have done...smoke a little weed. I own a digital scale. Come and get me!
alt ideas needed July 08, 2012 at 12:29 PM
thank you Ray Ray. If cannabis were to be legalized, police could focus on violent crimes with actual victims, jails could keep violent offenders locked up for their full sentence, and oh yeah, the jobs and tax revenue. Plus, the National Insurance Association has proved that states with medical marijuana programs and medical marijuana users are statistically safer drivers than the overall population. It is time to end the tyranny and oppression. Legalize Cannabis. We are an agriculture state, not an alcohol state.
James Jamm July 08, 2012 at 12:43 PM
This guy took it to work though, bad move. He also had a scale in his car which makes it look like possible distribution not just personal use. A bar risks losing its liquor license if there is drug activity on site and it's not reported. Smoke at home all you want but don't get high at work or bring it with you into the workplace.
Mike Knight July 08, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I was pulled over for a head light being out by Officer Addy. I was beyond surprised a dog could pilot a police cruiser, and speak somewhat decent English. Addy was very professional, and gave me a warning before driving off into the dark summer night on the hunt for nefarious underworld figures. I feel much safer with Officer Addy on patrol!
Ray Ray Johnson July 08, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I understand what you are saying, Mike. Anyone who watches cartoons can attest to the wit, wisdom and judgment of a dog. (Hong Kong Phooey, as but one example of the craftiness and intuition of the crime fighting canine.) And for the ability of a well-trained human being to actually speak dog, and interperet unquestionably the motives and opinions of his furry pooch partner is remarkable. I'll bet officer Addy can smell electric meters to see if a home grower is operating grow lights, or can determine from grocery store sales data who's buying all the baggies. Not only is that one amazing dog, but so are the handlers that can effectively read Addy's cop-speak. I'll bet they both can tell you what I ate for dinner last night just by sniffing my...
Ray Ray Johnson July 08, 2012 at 03:57 PM
It doesn't say if the scale has a 12V adaptor to power it from the cigarette lighter. And speaking of cigarette lighter, that, in and of itself, is suspect. A cigarette lighter in the CAR? That's posession of drug paraphenalia if there ever was case! I drove home with an avacado in my car yesterday. I'll bet you can make a little pot pipe from an avacodo. Therefore, avacados are drug paraphenalia. I also have an envelope in my car. Envelopes can and have been used to contain and distrubute weed. They are, therefore, illegal drug paraphenalia. I'll bet that a reasonable percentage of D&B's customers put the liquor license at risk every day by having such things on the D&B property.
Mike Knight July 08, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I've never had any interest in drugs but I don't believe there's any Constitutional authority to make them illegal. Certainly Congress had to pass a prohibition amendment to the Constitution to make alcohol illegal in 1919 so it makes no sense that they are able to ban drugs without such a thing as well. Due to the illegality of drugs we have the largest prison population on Earth in the land of the free. 50% of those are non-violent drug offenders. I think the only crime should be when someone does cause harm when under the influence. All banning drugs does is create a black market which in turn creates violent crime. Prohibition was responsible for the birth of the major crime families in America.
Ray Ray Johnson July 08, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Mike, I agree; In the black market system, the dealer is the gateway to harder drugs, and harder crime, not marijuana per se. Marijuana is improperly legally classified as a narcotic. It's not a narcotic.
Deb Strzelecki July 08, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Didn't know Tosa had a K9. Kudos to Tosa PD! Sounds like a good PD. MPD just lost a very hard working and enthusiastic PO to Tosa because of the rudiculous MPD residency rule. MKE's loss, Tosa's gain.
Jim Price July 08, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Deb, as you can see from the photo of Addy with his handler, he's not a big dog – size-wise. He IS a big dog when it comes to training, investment in his mission, and heart. Addy is trained as both a sensing dog – able to locate not only a variety of drugs but also other contraband or persons by scent – and also as a "take-down dog," despite his small size able to "decentralize" or demobilize a crime suspect by taking them down. Harsh as it sounds, for Addy it is both work and play. The drugs and contraband are just a game of hide and seek. The takedown is a function of intense loyalty and devotion to his trainer and training. Addy has tracked bank robbers and dangerous fugitives like this one, also sniffed out drugs on the road, also does locker walk-throughs in our schools. He's as dedicated an officer as we have – but of course, he can only be as dedicated as his handler, whom we unfortunately cannot name.
uncle george July 09, 2012 at 12:17 AM
This dog needs to run with an officer down any of Tosa's paths near the creek...every high school aged person is smoking ganja.
alt ideas needed July 09, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Police drug detection dogs have an error rate between 28 and 74 percent. A police dog does not give police probable cause for a search of your person and property. This is another tool cops use for intimidation to obtain a warrantless search. Know your rights.
uncle george July 09, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Just like the Waffen SS with the german shepards.
No thanks July 09, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Addy's handler is dreamy!
pupdog1 July 09, 2012 at 02:52 PM
"But when the officer got out of his squad car and approached the Sebring, it suddenly accelerated away again at very high speed down North Avenue, and the officer said that by the time he got behind the wheel again, it was already almost out of sight. The car was spotted by another officer on North Avenue near North 69th Street, but he was unable to pursue." I wonder why they come to Tosa.
Nick Schweitzer July 09, 2012 at 03:14 PM
The other problem with Police dogs, is that while they are excellent at sniffing out drugs in a controlled environment... in an uncontrolled environment they often times "signal" not because they found drugs, but because they are reacting their handlers expectations. Dogs are incredibly smart, and also EXTREMELY eager to please... especially dogs that are trained as drugs dogs. Because of this, they often signal not because they smell drugs, but because they sense their handlers movements, and see that their handler expects them to find drugs there... in other words, they react to their handlers preconceived expectations. This is why their rate is so incredibly high.
Melissa Long July 25, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Sorry but just because you have a scale in your vehicle that DOES NOT mean or have anything to do with distribution. In fact 9/10 times if someone has a scale in their vehicle it's going to be for personal use. Dealers don't generally drive around with that kind of stuff. I know you saisd "possible distribution" but more than likely it's not going to be that. Dealers are waaaaay too smart (most of the time).
Melissa Long July 25, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I graduated in 2005 & they had locker searches somewhere around once a month. They used the dogs for those.

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