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POLICE REPORT POLICE REPORT

Information taken from reports filed by the Wauwatosa Police Department Information taken from reports filed by the Wauwatosa Police Department

March 6, 2012

BURGLARY

1A laptop computer bag and jar of coins, valued at $1,340, were taken when someone broke into a home in the 500 block of North 107th Street between 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 26.

THEFT

2Thirteen checks totaling $5,900 were forged and cashed from several bank accounts belonging to a resident of Luther Manor, 4545 N. 92nd St., between Feb. 1 and 27.

3A digital media player and an e-reader, valued at $400, were taken during a residential move to the 500 block of North 113th Street between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 21.

4A man took a chainsaw valued at $299 from The Home Depot, 4100 N. 124th St., at 1:36 p.m. Feb. 25. He was recognized as a suspect in numerous other retail thefts at the Wauwatosa store, as well as others throughout the Milwaukee area.

5A 46-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for retail theft after he walked out of Macy's at Mayfair, 2500 N. Mayfair Road, carrying two bags full of clothing valued at $708 at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 26.

A Wauwatosa woman was the victim of theft by fraud prior to Feb. 27. She sold beauty products online and received a $10 order. The buyer sent two money grams totaling $1,900. The buyer said she made an error and asked for excess money to be returned. The seller sent the difference to Vancouver, Wash. Meanwhile, she learned the money grams she received were fraudulent.

An email scam led to $21,000 being fraudulently withdrawn from a Wauwatosa couple's bank account and transferred to Malaysia on Feb. 27. The couple had received an email about investment properties from a friend's address. When they clicked on the links, it seemed suspicious, and the friend said he never sent such a message. The next day the couple went to an ATM and learned their account was overdrawn. A personal banker said he had received an email from the husband regarding the checking account balance and requesting to withdraw the money and send it to a Nevada credit union. From the credit union it was sent to Malaysia. The bank and credit union refunded the money.

6A wallet was taken from Underwood Elementary School, 11132 W. Potter Road, and an unauthorized purchase totaling $84 was made on the owner's debit card at a gas station between 4:15 and 4:25 p.m. Feb. 27.

7A fraudulent withdrawal for $303 was made on a city account at 1:25 p.m. Feb. 28. The treasurer was reviewing transactions at City Hall, 7725 W. North Ave., and noticed unusual activity.

8A 19-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for retail theft after she took a large quantity of baby clothing valued at $975 into a fitting room at Macy's at 2:38 p.m. Feb. 28. She had no child with her, and she came out of the fitting room empty-handed. The woman previously had been arrested for retail theft in Brookfield and Greenfield.

9A 19-year-old Milwaukee girl was arrested for retail theft after she concealed clothing valued at $347 in her purse at Boston Store at Mayfair at 3:21 p.m. Feb. 28. She wanted to get some gifts for her boyfriend, she said, so she sent him to the car and she took the items.

10A 16-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for retail theft after she was seen prying security sensors off jeans at Boston Store at 7:36 p.m. Feb. 28. She put the jeans and other items, valued at $174, into a shopping bag and tried to leave the store.

11Two 15-year-old Milwaukee girls were arrested for retail theft after they took clothing from the boys department valued at $366 into a fitting room at Macy's, where they stuffed the items into their purses, at 8:10 p.m. Feb. 28. They also had items that had been taken from the store Forever 21. One of the girls had been reported missing from Milwaukee.

12A 16-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for retail theft after he took earrings valued at $20 from Macy's at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 29. He was seen putting the jewelry in his ear at a bus stop. When an officer approached, he ran across Mayfair Road and along the railroad tracks. The foot chase ended behind the office building at 2323 N. Mayfair Road. The boy had a warrant with the Brown Deer Police Department.

A Wauwatosa mother was the victim of a theft-by-fraud scam March 1. She received a call from a man claiming to be her son, who was supposedly in jail following a drug bust in Ecuador. He asked for $2,653 for bail and turned over the phone to another man claiming to be an attorney. The mother sent a money order to Ecuador. Then she got suspicious and called her son, only to find him home in Boston.

13A catalytic converter was taken from a vehicle at Denny's, 11155 W. North Ave., between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 1.

14A sewer catch basin valued at $500 that belongs to the city's Water Department was taken from the 600 block of North 103rd Street between midnight and 7:55 a.m. March 3.

A Wauwatosa man who has been a victim of credit card fraud in the past learned that an account had been fraudulently opened with Dish Network using his name and Social Security number. While trying to get a car loan, he learned the account had a $1,452 balance.

15A 20-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for retail theft and battery after she walked out of Macy's with three hats valued at $105 in her purse at 11:49 a.m. March 3. A security guard tried to stop her, but the woman swung her purse, striking the guard in the face. Then she dropped her purse and punched the guard in the face.

A Wauwatosa business owner's credit card was used to make fraudulent purchases totaling $289 in West Allis prior to 1:47 p.m. March 3.

16Two men filled duffel bags with bottles of gin valued at $168 and walked out of Metcalfe's Market, 6700 W. State St., at 3:07 p.m.

March 3.

Wauwatosa Police Department responded to seven thefts of items valued at less than $100 in the past week.

DRUG POSSESSION

17A 20-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for marijuana possession after his vehicle was pulled over in the 800 block of North Mayfair Road for expired registration and a suspended driver's license due to unpaid parking tickets at 3:57 p.m. Feb. 26. The vehicle smelled of marijuana and a search turned up 0.5 grams of the drug.

18A 26-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for marijuana possession after he and another man were seen sitting in a vehicle behind businesses in the 12000 block of W. Ripley Avenue at 1:28 a.m. Feb. 28. The vehicle smelled of marijuana but none was located. The man then got out the vehicle to walk to his own, where 0.68 grams of the drug was found.

19A 34-year-old homeless man was arrested for marijuana possession after he was found intoxicated and incoherent at Walgreens, 2275 N. Mayfair Road, at 2:34 a.m. Feb. 29. He had two joints totaling 1 gram of the drug and an open can of fermented malt alcohol. Police were familiar with the man from prior incidents of drug possession and public intoxication.

20A 22-year-old homeless man was arrested for marijuana possession after he was found to have 18 small bags containing 8.1 grams of the drug in his pockets at 3:12 a.m. March 1. He flagged down an officer at Glenview and Harwood avenues and asked for a ride home. Policy requires a person be searched before entering a squad car. He said he couldn't possibly sell off his drugs because he enjoyed them too much. Rather he rations the marijuana so he doesn't use it too quickly.

DRUNKEN DRIVING

21A 37-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for drunken driving after his vehicle was pulled over for a suspended license plate at Buffalo Wild Wings, 2635 N. Mayfair Road, at 11:53 p.m. March 1. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.17.

22A 36-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for drunken driving after he was seen speeding at Blue Mound Road and 71st Street at 12:44 a.m. March 4. His BAC was 0.17. He had warrants with Sheboygan County and Menasha.

VANDALISM

23A 13-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for vandalism and disorderly conduct after he threw a rock through the window of a van at McDonald's, 3800 N. 124th St., at 10:09 p.m. Feb. 28. He had gone to a Bucks basketball game, followed by the fast-food restaurant, with other youth and staff from a human services agency. As the kids loaded into the van to leave, he got into a physical fight wrestling and punching another boy. When he was pulled out of the van, he got a rock from the parking lot and threw it, causing $100 in damage. The boy was taken to Children's Hospital for a bloody nose, neck scratches and wrist pain.

24An 18-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for vandalism and bail-jumping after she removed a security tag from a shirt at Abercrombie & Fitch at Mayfair at 5:33 p.m. Feb. 29. She put the shirt down and exited the store when she saw an employee watching her, but she had already damaged the item. She ran across the street to Buffalo Wild Wings, where she was arrested. She had been banned from the mall and was on bail for an armed robbery in Glendale in November.

OTHER

25A 15-year-old Wauwatosa boy was arrested for drug paraphernalia possession at Wauwatosa West High School, 11400 W. Center St., after he was found to have a Christmas ornament in the shape of a horn that he had used as a marijuana pipe at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 24. The boy was on probation for other crimes.

26A 15-year-old Milwaukee boy was arrested for disorderly conduct after he urinated against a fence at a bus stop in the 2200 block of North 60th Street at 7:17 p.m. Feb. 25.

27A man gave a counterfeit $5 to the clerk at Midtown Shell, 641 N. Hawley Road, as part of payment for gas at 7:40 p.m. Feb. 26. His license plate was invalid.

28A 15-year-old Wauwatosa boy was arrested for habitual truancy at 12:13 p.m. Feb. 27 because he hadn't attended school for a single day the second semester at Wauwatosa East High School, 7500 W. Milwaukee Ave. He had already been cited during the first semester, and his mother said he physically refused to attend school, instead sleeping or playing video games all day.

29A 17-year-old Milwaukee girl was cited for habitual truancy because she had missed part or all of more than 10 school days at Wauwatosa East prior to 1:50 p.m. Feb. 27. She had moved out of her parents' home with the agreement that she would attend school. Because the daughter was not keeping up her end of the deal, the mother supported the citation.

30A 35-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he urinated at the bus stop near the library at Wauwatosa and North avenues at 3:05 p.m. March 1.

31Two men, a 19-year-old from Milwaukee and an 18-year-old from Wauwatosa, were arrested for drug paraphernalia possession after their vehicle was pulled over for a broken headlight in the 9500 block of West Wisconsin Avenue at 7:51 p.m. March 3. They had two marijuana pipes, and drug flakes were found on the floor of the vehicle.

Wauwatosa Police Department responded to two domestic violence incidents the past week.

Wauwatosa Fire Department responded to 88 calls including one vehicle accident, six fire alarms and 62 requests for emergency medical service, in the past week.

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