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Woman's love of estate sales is thief's undoing

Sept. 14, 2009

A thief got a surprise Thursday when he tried to break into a car and found a woman sleeping inside.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The Milwaukee woman regularly sleeps in her car outside properties that are having estate sales, so she can be the first in line when the sale opens. She heard her car door opening and thought a police officer might be trying to find out what she was doing, but instead, she saw a man in a hooded sweatshirt. He ran, and she called police.

Officers spotted the 21-year-old Milwaukee man in the area and ran after him, crossing the Menomonee River just south of Capitol Drive, until he surrendered.

He had a backpack full of items - including a cell phone, wallet and CDs - that had been stolen from cars in the area.

He was arrested for theft and obstructing officers.

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