Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Detectives leave no stone – or scrap of paper – unturned after Swan Pharmacy is robbed for drugs, and federal indictment leads to long sentence.
After Wauwatosa detectives developed him as the suspect in a series of armed robberies of pharmacies for narcotics, a Milwaukee man has been tried and sentenced to 65 years in prison. According to federal sentencing guidelines, most of that sentence is mandatory, meaning Daniel Lee will probably not leave prison. Lee, 50, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court on four counts of armed robbery, including the March 15, 2012, robbery of Swan Serv-U Pharmacy in Wauwatosa. That was the first of several robberies recounted in a criminal complaint when Lee was charged, but a key piece of evidence found early on by Tosa detectives would lead to his identification and arrest. Get local stories like this on Facebook. Click to join us! When Lee fled …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
In plea deal, 24-year-old defendant cops to one count in which he held up a pharmacist for drugs and was caught red-handed by a handy police officer. Two more counts were dismissed but read in to his record.
A 24-year-old Wauwatosa native pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to robbing a Walgreens pharmacist at gunpoint for prescription narcotics, according to court records. Robert John Schweitzer initially had been charged with three pharmacy robberies, all while armed and all for narcotics, and had pleaded not guilty despite having admitted them all to police. In a plea negotiation, the state dismissed two counts but ordered them read in to the record. As such, they may be considered by the judge at sentencing but are not recorded as convictions; neither can they compound Schweitzer's sentence beyond the maximum penalty for one count. As it is, armed robbery is punishable by up to 40 years in the Department of Corrections – typically maximums of …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Teenager clams up as police try to get the details of her story of being assaulted and beaten by five assailants after leaving Mayfair Mall.
A 16-year-old Milwaukee girl reported that between 5 and 6 p.m. Thursday she was beaten, robbed and threatened with a knife by five girls and young women as she was walking to the bus stop at North Mayfair Road and West Burleigh Street. But police expressed some skepticism in their reports of the incident. While not discounting her story all together, they hinted that she might, maybe, have just been covering up an unexcused tardiness in getting home when she was supposed to. According to their reports: The girl arrived at the police station at 12:17 a.m. Friday with her mother to report the assault. She told officers she had gone to Mayfair Mall alone, by bus, and had made eye contact with a girl with whom she has had altercations at …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
With more than a few odd twists and turns, the holdup unravels after an informant tells the FBI where Wauwatosa Police can start looking.
Three Milwaukee men are in custody in the armed robbery early Friday morning of the Walmart Market in Wauwatosa, according to police reports. Two of the men are accused of driving to the door of the store and carrying out the holdup while the other waited with a backup vehicle. After the robbery, they swapped cars and transferred their guns and other evidence from one to the other, to "throw off police," one of them confessed. A criminal complaint charging each of them with robbery of a business while armed will be signed Wednesday, Wauwatosa police said. The robbery was something of an inside job, according to the suspects' statements. Two of the suspects, one 20 and one 26 years old, were discussing robbing a bank or business Thursday …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Robbery occurred early Friday morning and suspects are still at large.
Wauwatosa police are looking for two people who robbed the Walmart Neighborhood Market near 124th Street and Capitol Drive early Friday and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Two armed individuals, who were wearing all black, entered the store at 3850 N. 124th St. at 2:50 a.m., police said. The robbers, who police believe are male, took the money and left in a vehicle. They remain at large, and Wauwatosa police are not releasing any additional information about the robbery.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Sitting at traffic light Tuesday, a Wauwatosa patrolman hears call that a Walgreens right in front of him is being robbed at that moment. The suspect, already charged, admits to two other recent robberies for narcotics.
A Wauwatosa police officer had just pulled up to the corner of North Mayfair Road and West Capitol Drive on Tuesday afternoon when a dispatch call came over his radio. "Armed robbery in progress at the Walgreens, 10800 W. Capitol Drive..." – a couple hundred feet away. Hearing further that the robber was leaving the store at that moment, the officer hit his lights and started across the intersection, already in pursuit even as he saw the suspect run out the door. He easily caught up with his man in the alley behind the store before he could even get into his running getaway car. Robert John Schweitzer, 24, of Wauwatosa was charged Thursday afternoon in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with that crime and two more counts of armed robbery, in …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Unknown suspect armed with a knife robbed pharmacist for drugs while masked, but he'd earlier cased the store, showing his face on camera.
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- Jim Price
Wednesday, February 20
A masked robber with a knife held up two Wauwatosa pharmacists Monday for drugs, leaving no evidence. But he had cased the store about a week before, police say, and that may prove his undoing. He showed his face clearly on camera. Wauwatosa police are asking the public's help in identifying the lone white male from still photos grabbed from in-store security video. According to their reports: At 8:20 a.m. Monday, the unknown suspect entered CVS Pharmacy at 7520 Blue Mound Rd. wearing gloves and a full-face orange ski mask. He went to the pharmacy counter where two technicians were working, showed the knife and asked for OxyContin. The pharmacy techs said the robber behaved "timidly" during the holdup. He was given an undisclosed amount of…
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
All together 11 armed robberies and one attempt could add up to several lifetimes worth of prison sentences.
The man arrested on suspicion of robbing and carjacking three young men at gunpoint on Feb. 2 in Wauwatosa has been charged with that crime and 16 more, all felonies, most of them also armed robberies. Kenneath Turner-Harris, 22, committed the string of robberies and some burglaries from at least early November through his capture on Feb. 3, according to a criminal complaint. That came after the car he was driving in a Milwaukee robbery was identified as the one he'd stolen from a Wauwatosa man. All told, Turner-Harris is accused of 11 armed robberies, 1 attempted armed robbery, two burglaries, two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and one count of fleeing an officer. Each count of armed robbery is punishable by up to 40 years …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
21-year-old says one of his assailants was someone he went to high school with, and that he was robbed and pistol-whipped besides losing his car.
At 2:10 p.m., a 21-year-old Milwaukee man reported that he had been robbed at gunpoint of his car and possessions by two men and was pistol-whipped by one of the robbers. Officers found him being treated by Fire Department paramedics, but he had no visible injuries. He said he had gone to Kmart, 3201 N. Mayfair Rd., to fill out a job application, and just after he got out of his car, he saw one man get out of a blue Hyundai Sonata with a gray semi-automatic pistol in his hand. Another man, whom he recognized as a former schoolmate, came at him from between two parked cars, he said, carrying a black pistol. The first said, “Yeah, you know what time it is!” he told officers, and the second ordered him back into his car. He was then ordered …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Police are a bit leery of circumstances, but man claims he and someone he'd met just once elsewhere happened upon each other on State Street and the guy pulled a gun on him.
A Wauwatosa man reported that at about 9:15 p.m. Jan. 5 a man tried to rob him at gunpoint outside the Applebee’s at 6750 W. State St. He said when he walked into the parking lot he noticed a man sitting in a car whom he recognized from a party in Milwaukee a couple of weeks before. The car, he said, was parked in the furthest stall from the store, near the bus stop. He said the driver called him over, pointed a black handgun at him and demanded his money. He said he didn’t have any, and he told police that after two more demands without getting any cash, the subject drove off. Wauwatosa police, suspicious that such a single chance meeting elsewhere would lead to a second chance criminal encounter in Wauwatosa, questioned the man as to …