A Pick 'n Save customer tried to pay for his groceries with a counterfeit $20 bill that — once flagged — he said he had no idea was fake.
A clerk at the store at 12735 W. Capitol Dr. determined it was fake with a marking pen, and the 52-year-old customer said he had got the bill "at a party on the north side of Milwaukee," according to police reports.
The man had other money on him, all of which was legitimate. The fake bill was placed on property inventory Nov. 25 and federal authorities were notified.
In other recent Brookfield police calls:
Noise complaint: A 39-year-old woman was warned about excessive loud electric guitar playing after a neighbor complained at 11 p.m. Nov. 25 that it was an ongoing problem. Officers told the woman in the 17500 block of River Birch Drive that if they were called out again for a legitimate complaint, she might be cited for noise violations.
Wolf sighting: A caller reported seeing a wolf walking on Calhoun Road north of North Avenue about 8:30 p.m. Nov. 24.
Stolen purse, green card: A 65-year-old Capitol Heights, Maryland woman visiting in Brookfield told police someone stole her wallet from her purse in a shopping cart at Target, 12725 W. Bluemound Rd., sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 3:50 p.m. Nov. 24. Credit cards, cash, identification and her green card were stolen with the wallet, but at the time of her call her credit cards had not been illegally used. But she was planning to fly back home and was concerned about lack of proper ID.
Teens banned from Brookfield Square mall: Four male teenagers — ages 16, 17 and two 18 — were banned from the mall after some Black Friday shenanigans involving a dumped over table near Sears about 9 p.m. They were warned their behavior could results in disorderly conduct citations and were told by mall security they were banned from the mall.
100-year-old woman not fooled by scammers: The daughter of a 100-year-old Brookfield woman called police Nov. 23 to report that her mother had received two phone calls from someone purporting to be a representative of the Better Business Bureau asking her to send $500. The woman did not comply and lost no money; police referred her daughter to notify www.ic3.gov.
Credit card fraud, loss: A 35-year-old Harwood Heights, Ill. woman called Brookfield police Nov. 23 to report someone had stolen her personal information over Labor Day weekend and opened several credit cards in her name illegally at locations in Brookfield, Waukesha, Illinois and Indiana. Police were investigating.
Grandson needs help scam: An 83-year-old Bexley Drive woman said someone called her, claiming to be her 30-year-old grandson Joe, saying he broke his nose in a car accident and needed her to wire him $1,600 via Western Union. She did not believe it and called police Nov. 23.
What a Scrooge: Someone stole Christmas lights off a tree in a front yard in the 2900 block of San Raphael Drive Nov. 23, as well as a 2-foot-wide Christmas wreath that had been on the garage.
Children left alone in car: Police were called to Toys 'R Us about 6:23 a.m. Black Friday after a caller said there were two children under age five sleeping unattended in a grey minivan parked in a handicapped spot. The mother returned while officers were there and the children actually were ages 9 and 11. The older son said he had a cell phone and could have called his mother. The 36-year-old mother was warned about safety and possible neglect.
Strange behavior? A man in the 3100 block of Marti Lane called police to document something he found unusual. He said a gold newer model four-door sedan stopped by his house about 11 a.m. Nov. 22, and a man in his 40s got out, took a photo of the Marti Lane house with his phone and then sped off.
More strange behavior? A 57-year-old woman said she was concerned there may be prostitution occuring in a field near Lisbon Road and Turtle Creek Drive. She told police she was driving on Lisbon and saw two men in their 50s with a woman in her 20s park in a gravel driveway there.
Stolen mail: A video game was stolen out of a mailbox in the 14900 block of san Raphael Drive, sometime between Nov. 16 and 18, a man reported Nov. 22.
You've won the Publisher's Clearinghouse! A 71-year-old Gebhardt Road woman said someone called her twice saying she had won the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. The male caller, who she said had a foreign accent, told her she needed to pay $205 to get her winnings. She didn't believe it and hung up on the man.
Half-ton sweeper swept away: Someone managed to steal a $6,300 sweepster that weighs 1,200 pounds from a construction site at the southwest corner of West Capitol Drive and Yukon Road. The theft, which the foreman said occurred Nov. 15 or 16, was to be reported as stolen on a national crime database.
Smoking pot in a hotel: Two men, both 23, received municipal citations for possession of marijuana after an employee at the Sheraton Hotel called police at nearly 11 p.m. Nov. 16 to say the odor was so strong it could be smelled in the hallway.
The above items are from reports from local police departments. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt. The arrested person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.