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Police Reports: Window Peeper Proves Bicycle Thief

Girl sees boy prowling at front window of her aunt's home, then finds bike stolen.

A 16-year-old Milwaukee girl who was visiting her aunt’s Wauwatosa home in the 2000 block of North 107th Street on Wednesday reported that her bicycle was stolen by a boy she saw peering in her aunt’s living room picture window.

She said did not want to open the front door to confront the stranger, but she went out the back door and was walking toward the front of the house when she saw that her bike was gone.

The girl checked with neighbors and learned that the boy had been seen riding away on Fisher Parkway. She found her backpack, which had been attached to the bike, near the Menomonee River, with all its contents. Police searched the area but did not spot the suspect.

The victim described him as black, 12 or 13 years old, about 5-feet-4-inches tall, about 90 pounds, with a nearly shaved head.

In other recent incidents:

Thursday

At 5:47 p.m., a 21-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for retail theft at at after she concealed $167.50 worth of clothing in a foil-lined bag and tried to leave the store. She told a store security officer, “It’s almost my birthday and I wanted something for myself.” She was ticketed and banned from the mall.

Wednesday

A Brookfield woman reported that between 7:20 and 8 p.m. someone had smashed a window in her SUV and stole her purse while it was parked in the 1600 block of Underwood Parkway. More than $1,000 in fraudulent charges were made on her credit card before she could cancel it. She said that her heavily tinted windows would have prevented anyone seeing the purse, so she thought someone had actually watched her putting the purse in the back storage area before leaving her vehicle.

A Wheaton, Ill., woman reported that between 7:15 and 7:47 p.m., while she was at , 10842 Blue Mound Rd., someone smashed out a window in her rental car and stole her friend’s company laptop computer.

A Milwaukee man reported that between 6:40 and 7:15 p.m., while he was at , 2635 N. Mayfair Rd., someone smashed a window in his car and stole his company laptop computer.

A resident of the 2400 block of North 64th Street reported that overnight someone had broken into his garage by prying open the service door, rummaged through his car and stolen his daughter’s bicycle.

A resident of the 9200 block of Watertown Plank Road reported that overnight someone entered her unlocked car in her driveway and stole a GPS unit and a cell phone charger.

A resident of the 2500 block of North 63rd Street reported that overnight someone broke a window in her car, parked in her driveway, and stole GPS unit.

A resident of the 7700 block of West Wisconsin Avenue reported that between 1:45 and 7:14 a.m., someone stole his conversion van out of his driveway.

Tuesday

At 2:50 p.m., an 18-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for retail theft at Macy’s after she was caught trying to steal $105.50 worth of clothing.

Monday

A resident of the 3200 block of North Knoll Boulevard reported that sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 8:20 p.m. someone entered her home through her attached garage and stole cash and a coin counting machine. She said she had left the overhead door open about 2 feet to air out the garage and thought the service door might have been left unlocked. There was no sign of forced entry.

A couple of the 7500 block of Wellauer Drive reported that between 9 a.m. and 5:40 p.m., someone broke into their home through a bedroom window and stole jewelry and a TV set. The burglar or burglars removed a window air conditioner to gain entry. The couple’s daughter found a screwdriver in the shrubbery near the sidewalk, and police kept it as possible evidence.

A 14-year-old Wauwatosa boy reported that between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. his bicycle was stolen from in front of , where he had locked it with a cable lock to a metal handrail.

A resident of an apartment complex in the 2500 block of North 124 Street reported that sometime since Friday morning someone had cut the lock off his basement storage locker and stolen his toolbox and tools.

At 3:01 p.m., a 47-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for theft, trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia after she was caught trying to steal nearly $800 worth of merchandise from at Mayfair Mall. The woman admitted she is a crack addict and turned over a kit of paraphernalia. She had been given a five-year ban from the mall on May 8 and had seven prior misdemeanor retail theft convictions. She had been sentenced to probation for retail theft on July 3.

A resident of the 2500 block of North 67th Street reported that overnight someone entered her unlocked car parked in her driveway and stole a GPS unit.

Sunday

At 11:27 p.m., two male subjects who appeared to be teenaged fled on foot from a traffic stop in the 2000 block of North 60th Street after they ran a flashing red light at West Vliet and North 60th streets. Police officers combed the area but couldn’t find the two. They found an unloaded .22-cal. rifle in the back seat, where the passenger had been sitting. Milwaukee police contacted the owner of the vehicle, who said it had not been stolen from her; rather, she had lent it to a friend. That man denied having used the car and did not match the patrol officers description of the physique of either of the two suspects he saw run from the car.

A resident of the 4700 block of North Parkside Drive reported that as she was sitting on her couch in her living room, watching television, someone threw a large rock through a window in the room. She said that even as she jumped up to get out of the way, another window was smashed by some other large object. Police found a fist-sized rock on her coffee table and an 8-inch paving brick behind the blinds in the second window broken.

At 7:20 p.m., a 29-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia after police found him passed out in his car on North 115th Street at West Potter Street. An officer said he found the man at the wheel of his running car, with his door partly open and his left leg sticking out with his foot on the pavement. The officer turned off the engine and took the keys, then tried to wake the man. He said that after he raised his voice loudly and nudged his shoulder, the driver suddenly bolted awake, called out “Oh, (expletive)!” and tried to put his car in gear. He and his car were searched, turning up the heroin and a wide variety of syringes and drug-cooking gear.

A couple living in the 10500 block of Grantosa Drive reported that between 12 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, while they were away, someone burglarized their home by removing an air-conditioner and entering the window. They lost two television sets, jewelry and cash.

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