A thief caught in the act will usually drop the goods and run. Not this character.
At 1:20 p.m. Jan. 28, a thief escaped from the Pick ‘n Save at 12735 W. Capitol Dr. even though at one point, four employees had him pinned on the floor.
He had been seen trying to make off with two bottles of liquor, and staff closed in on him. A melee ensued, and somehow, he managed to wriggle free, still with the liquor.
He drove off in a dark metallic blue sedan, bleeding from his right eye. He could not be found, and area hospitals were advised to be on the lookout for a man of his description and injuries.
The store suffered $149.47 in losses and damage – the two bottles of booze, and $70 worth of flowers ruined in the wrestling match.
In other incidents:
At 6:07 p.m., a woman called police to complain that two political protesters were blocking her from leaving a parking lot in the 17300 block of Civic Drive. One of the men was holding an “Impeach Obama” sign, the other had one that said “Obama is a cracker.” Before police arrived, the men moved and allowed the woman to leave. The protesters were reminded not to block access to driveways.
At 5:37 p.m., a manager at Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant, 15 S. Moorland Rd., reported that a woman employed as an event coordinator on Jan. 17 had been given $537 to deposit but records later showed it was never made. Further checking showed that other deposits were short or missing and all together just over $1,500 was unaccounted for. The employee has not been seen since Jan. 18 and on Jan. 21 called to say she was in the hospital.
At 6:14 p.m., three young Milwaukee women were taken into custody, two for theft and one obstructing an officer, at the Pick ‘n Save at 12735 W. Capitol Drive. Store loss prevention agents said the three "worked together" to conceal and try to leave with $34.38 in shampoo and soap between them.
At 6:48 p.m., a caller told police his 18-year-old son stole some Blue Ray discs and video games from the residence in the 16005 block of Brentwood Drive to sell for cash, and he wanted him arrested. Police went to Mega Media Xchange, 19555 Blue Mound Rd., and learned that the young man had been around 3:30 p.m. to sell the items, then had been back to try to buy them back just about 10 minutes before, but had left again when his mother picked him up. Police interviewed the father, who remained insistent that he wanted his son arrested and charged.
At 12:20 p.m., a 53-year-old man was cited for theft at Metro Market, 17630 Blue Mound Rd., after he walked out with a cartload of $70.38 in groceries. He claimed he had forgotten his debit card in his car and was going to get it – with the groceries.
12:41 p.m., American Eagle Outfitters at Brookfield Square reported that three subjects came in, bagged up 21 pairs of jeans worth $50 each, and got away. No other details were available in the $1,100 heist.
At 2:18 p.m., a customer at the Pick ‘n Save at 12735 Capitol Dr. reported that a man had snatched her purse out of her shopping cart. She saw him take it and went after him, but couldn't catch up. She said he was wearing a shirt and tie and he fled in a small red sports car.
At 9:49 a.m., the parts manager at Crest Cadillac, 12800 W. Capitol Dr., reported that some time since 5 p.m. Saturday someone had smashed the back window out of a brand new 2013 Escalade and stole the 52-inch upper rear tail light assembly, causing more than $1,000 in damage.
At 9:37 a.m., Advance Auto Parts, 18795 Blue Mound Rd., reported that two men had just stolen a rear-view camera worth $180 and gotten away in a late-model Chevy that was jacked up in the back and had a temporary plate. An area check by patrol officers failed to turn up the suspects.
At 2:50 p.m., Bath and Body Works at Brookfield Square reported a theft on Monday that had only then been noticed. Video showed two subjects taking a large amount of merchandise from freshly stocked shelves.
At 6:54 p.m., a known suspect, a 26-year-old Milwaukee woman, was referred to the Waukesha County District Attorney for bail jumping and retail theft after she fled from the TJ Maxx store at 17460 Blue Mound Rd. She had tried to steal a set of bed linens, but when an employee tried to stop her at the door, she dropped the linens and ran, escaping in a burgundy Chevy Malibu with two other subjects inside. She was recognized and positively identified as a repeat offender, and police were still seeking her at last report.
At 7:08 p.m., a Hubertus man reported that some time since 6 p.m. someone had smashed a window in his Jeep and stolen his briefcase while he was at Maxim's, 18025 W. Capitol Dr. While investigating, officers learned that a Lexus SUV in the lot had also been broken into the same way, and its owner also lost a briefcase.
At 10:19 a.m., a 61-year-old Brookfield man was arrested for theft from Pick ‘n Save on Capitol after he was seen concealing a Cover Girl nail trimmer and a brow grooming kit, each $9.99. In his pockets were 16 more items including cocoa butter, light bulbs, eye shadow, a matchbox toy and more, along with the first two items all valued at $92.26.
At 4:47 p.m., a 26-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for theft from Kohl’s at 2315 N. 124th St., after she was seen concealing clothing in a bag inside a cart being pushed by her young daughter. 10 items, claims she forgot they were in the cart.
At 4:06 p.m., a resident of the 600 block of Cardinal Crest Drive reported she had just arrived home after being out all day to find a kitchen window broken and a the back patio door smashed. She was missing jewelry. Officers learned that her son had gotten call from their alarm company at 10:30 a.m. but had told the caller to disregard it. Footprints were found leading away from the home, but police had no supects.
At 7:54 p.m., a 17-year-old Brookfield boy was arrested in the 1300 block of Lois Ave. for abusing a hazardous substance after he was caught “huffing propane.”