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Juvenile arrested after repeated theft attempts involving retail employee lockers

April 24, 2012

After she was seen searching through employee lockers at four different businesses on Mayfair Road, a juvenile was eventually arrested Monday for theft at Cardinal Fitness, 2881 N. Mayfair Road.

Wauwatosa police will also present charges of obstructing a police officer to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office against the 15-year-old Milwaukee girl, who Wauwatosa police say they were unable to book because of her erratic behavior.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

At 8 p.m. Monday, police were dispatched to Mayfair Mall, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, after they were alerted to a suspicious girl going through employee lockers at the store Justice. When confronted by employees, she fled the store, but police located her on the first level of the mall near Macy's. After she identified herself, she was released.

Less than an hour later, police were again called, this time to Massage Envy, 2751 N. Mayfair Road, after an employee reported seeing a girl in employee locker area. When confronted by an employee, the girl left the locker area, but then asked where the bathrooms were located. A short time later, the employee once more saw the girl emerge from the employee locker area and quickly exit the building. In the locker room, the employee noticed a co-worker's purse and its contents strewn about the floor.

After receiving witness descriptions, numerous police officers began to check the area. At 9:14 p.m., one officer reported that the suspect was seen leaving Discovery clothing store, 2875 N. Mayfair Road.

Five minutes later, an officer was sent to Cardinal Fitness, where employees said they saw a suspicious girl enter the locker rooms. She matched the description of the girl at previous locations.

After she was arrested, the girl told police that the stolen items were in her bag. She said she was looking for bus fare to go home. Police found she had $388 worth of items from the locker room at Cardinal Fitness. Police also found a .40-caliber bullet in her pocket, which she said she found in the fitness center's parking lot.

Police say the girl lied about her name.

Once officers discovered her true identity, she acted erratically, using profanity and physically trying to overcome officers. Because of her behavior, officers were unable to book her and she was turned over to the Milwaukee County Juvenile Detention Center.

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