Police Reports: Resident Finds He Has a Guest In His Garage

Homeowner begins to find things appearing in, rather than disappearing from, his unlocked garage, and determines he has a tenant.

A week doesn't go by when someone in Wauwatosa does not report that someone has entered or broken into their garage and taken something away.

But one Tosa homeowner recently found things appearing in his garage – things that definitely did not belong there.

A resident of the 8900 block of Stickney Avenue reported to police June 17 that over the past week he had noticed some items in his detached garage that did not belong to him and upon further review and investigation believed that some stranger had been living there.

He found several bottles of urine beside his car, and also a cell phone, a pocketknife, some gift cards and a dark green winter coat.

The gift cards, one from 2008, were either outdated or never activated, and provided no clue to their owner.

Police said that the coat was “soiled, wet and unsanitary,” and finding nothing of evidentiary value about it, they threw it away.

The cell phone, however, proved to have been reported stolen in a car break-in in Milwaukee in late May.

Police suspect that the trespasser may be a 47-year-old homeless man they had field-interviewed in the same area in May, and they are seeking him for questioning.

The homeowner said the service door handle on his garage was broken and could not be locked. Police advised him to put a new doorknob and deadbolt on the door, which he did that very evening.

In other recent incidents:


A resident of the 9900 block of Argonne Drive reported her rear license plate stolen. She was not sure just when or where it was taken.

A resident of the 6400 block of Washington Circle reported that overnight someone had entered her unlocked car in her driveway and stolen cash she kept in the center console.


A resident of the 8600 block of Ravenswood Circle called police at 7 p.m. to report that she had found a black fleece jacket and a black leather satchel in her otherwise empty garbage cart, and she correctly believed them to have been stolen. Papers in the satchel led police to their owner, a Franksville man, who said his work van had been broken into earlier in the day near West Wisconsin Avenue and North 92nd Street, and he had not yet gotten around to reporting the crime.

Last Monday

At 7:40 p.m., a known suspect identified as a 29-year-old West Allis man tried to pass a fraudulent prescription for 90 Oxycodone pills at , 7520 Blue Mound Rd. He presented a valid driver’s license, and video footage later revealed that it was in fact his correct ID. The pharmacist said he immediately suspected a forgery when he looked at the prescription, and the doctor listed on it confirmed that he had not written it. Police were attempting to contact the suspect.

At 7:22 p.m., police arrested two Milwaukee boys, one 17 and one 15, for disorderly conduct after witnesses reported they had been harassing an older man on the sidewalk and street near the bus stop on the west side of North 60th Street south of West North Avenue. The manager of , 6002 W. North Ave., told police she had been watching the two boys because they appeared suspicious to her when she saw them approach a man at the bus stop and begin to lunge at him threateningly, “like a cat pouncing on its prey.” By the time police arrived, the alleged victim had gotten on a bus and left, but officers chased down the two boys, one of whom tried to hide out by running into and jumping over the counter of the Taco Bell at 5630 W. North Ave. The two boys admitted they had been harassing people along the street, including customers of McDonald’s, 6431 W. North Ave., just to shock and frighten them. Both had been stopped in December in Wauwatosa after a resident reported that they had urinated in her yard. In that incident, both were wearing bandanas around their necks, their jackets turned inside out, and one of them had a homemade weapon consisting of a padlock swung on a shoelace.

A resident of apartments, 2524 N. 124th St., called police after she and other tenants were alerted by management that their storage lockers had been broken into. Police found her padlock cut and she told them she was missing large bulk packages of toilet paper and paper towels and two folding lawn chairs and their bags. All together, 20 locks were found cut in storage units at the apartments.

At 10:35 p.m., a Racine man, the manager of , 11727 W. Dearbourn Ave., reported that after he tried to turn on the air-conditioning in the morning and it didn’t work, he found that the entire compressor unit and 10 to 12 feet of copper piping connecting it to the building had been stolen.

A Milwaukee County Parks worker reported that overnight someone had climbed on to the roof of the pool building and smashed three skylights and filled several of the bathroom vent pipes with pebbles from the roof. He said an exit sign in the lobby had also been broken, and police noted that several other incidents of vandalism had been reported there recently.

pupdog1 June 25, 2012 at 07:46 PM
"At 7:22 p.m., police arrested two Milwaukee boys, one 17 and one 15, for disorderly conduct after witnesses reported they had been harassing an older man on the sidewalk and street near the bus stop on the west side of North 60th Street..." Assault, and maybe battery, and certainly elder abuse, with a witness--but you can't say CRIME IS DOWN with statistics like that. So let's call it "disorderly conduct."
Exrepublican June 27, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Pup dog. Please tell us who is saying this. I haven't heard any city official preach to us that crime is down. I think it's about where it normally is from comparing past years. Not quite sure what your deal is, but NOBODY keeps telling us that crime is down. I think you are confused about the Milwaukee hoopla about the crime stats.
pupdog1 June 27, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Oops--I forgot to add to my list that according to the article, these predators also attempted to evade arrest, as witnessed by at least several taco-cams. So, assault (at least), elder abuse, evading and resisting arrest... that spells DISORDERLY CONDUCT in Tosa, which is right next door to spittin' on the sidewalk. Wouldn't want folks to think there was a ruckus on the streets of Mayberry. Keep those crime stats under control. Nice and tidy. Here is an example of Weber discussing crime stats, claiming violent crime and robbery is down in Tosa: http://www.xadamx.com/Frequency-Of-Accidents-On-Motorcycles-68.html
Jim Price June 27, 2012 at 05:37 AM
pup, without getting into a debate about overall crime stats – which I have reported are down in Tosa over the past 10 years – in this particular case, the police were unable to interview the victim, who left the scene on his own volition. There were witnesses, yes, but it would be very hard to make a more serious charge hold up absent a victim. While the liquor store manager's statement is certainly colorful – the boys were, she said, lunging at the victim “like a cat pouncing on its prey.” – she was some distance away and it does not imply battery by any means. Assault can be charged just for intentionally causing the reasonable apprehension of a real threat of attack or injury. But a DA (or in the case of the younger kid, a juvenile court) is not going to go there without any testimony or statement from the victim. Disorderly conduct is the most serious charge that could possibly stick, and frankly I was surprised the police arrested them at all without a victim present. I think they did so because both boys had been involved in that earlier incident, when they had to let them go after a field interrogation. So, what you are implying is softness on crime, I would suggest is getting as tough as you can. The police have to act within the law. I won't be surprised if both the DA and the juvey authorities dismiss both cases for lack of evidence. But even if they do, our cops will have sent the best message they can: Mess with people in Tosa, you will be arrested.
Ray Ray Johnson June 27, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I say, fill the 90-pill prescription and make him take them all. That's how my pop dealt with me when I tried smoking at 14. He made me sit there and smoke them all. I learned my lesson and never smoked again. I'll bet with a similar punishment, he'd never steal oxydodone again.
tom dusick September 11, 2012 at 03:54 PM
he'd be dead within two hours....


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