1. Tosa police detective shot in Milwaukee
A Wauwatosa police detective was shot in Milwaukee June 19. The officer was hospitalized with nonlife threatening injuries while investigating a burglary in the 7100 block of North 60th Street. Several law enforcement agencies responded to search for the armed suspect. Jeffrey Griffin, who has worked for the department for 25 years, was released from Froedtert Hospital June 30.
2. Car theives take vehicles on joy rides
Throughout the southeastern region of Wisconsin during summer 2015, the number of carjackings and stolen vehicles increased significantly. Police said more and more, thieves take vehicles to joy ride instead of selling its parts to make an extra buck. In Wauwatosa, there were no patterns in the make or model of a vehicle, time of day or neighborhoods in which the incidents happen, although a string of Dodge Caravans were stolen this year. Police said the vehicles were easy targets due to their lack of anti-theft technology.
3. Wauwatosa dealerships not immune to car thefts
Two car dealerships in Wauwatosa, Uptown Motors Inc., and Russ Darrow Kia of Wauwatosa, were both hit by car thieves in 2015. Three unknown people took a 2015 Ford F150 pickup truck from Uptown Motors Inc., 2111 N. Mayfair Road, according to reports from the Wauwatosa Police Department. The vehicle was found the next day. At Russ Darrow Kia of Wauwatosa, four vehicles and 13 sets of keys to new vehicles and unregistered license plates were taken between midnight and 1:30 a.m. Nov. 17. The Tosa thefts were part of an areawide string of dealership thefts.