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Police Reports: Fake Lottery Winnings, Harassing Photo, Handcuff Mishap

The latest police reports also include several smash-and-grab thefts from cars, thefts and problems with traffic signals and train crossing gates.

Make that a cool million?

A Brookfield woman got a call July 3 that she had won $750,000 from Winners International Gaming Commission. The woman in the 3400 block of Wilshire Road searched online and learned it was a scam from Jamaica. She ignored it.

The same day, another Brookfield homeowner got a call that he had won $330,000. The catch: he needed to transfer $250 via Western Union to claim his winnings. While a Brookfield police officer was at his home in the 4600 block of N. 158th Street investigating, the fraudulent caller phoned again. Police told the man to stop calling and he hung up on the officer. No money was wired or lost.

In other recent police calls:

Accidentally handcuffed: A 43-year-old security employee for , 12735 W. Capitol Dr. accidentally handcuffed himself and did not have a key, calling police for help about 8:30 p.m. July 3. The cuffs were removed.

Bees complaint: Police got a 911 call about 5:15 p.m. Monday from a woman in the 16600 block of Pepper Lane. She wanted an officer to come because “there were a lot of bees outside her patio door.” No one was injured. Police advised her the call was an improper use of 911.

Distempered raccoon: The retrieved an possible distempered raccoon found under the water tower at Mary Knoll Park about 5 p.m. Monday.

Harassment: Former Ald. and police officer Michael Franz reported that on June 23 he received a text message photograph of an unknown woman showing her pierced genital area. The investigation was ongoing.

Drug overdose: A 16-year-old girl called for medical help after she said she drank too much and smoked marijuana and all but one friend left her in a home in the 2400 block of Anita Drive about 10 p.m. Sunday. She was taken to Elmbrook Memorial Hospital and her parents notified.

Homeless man sleeping in car: A man found sleeping in a car outside at Brookfield Square mall Saturday morning told police he was homeless but working at a Brookfield hotel working to save money to rent an apartment.

Dancing prowler: Police got a call at midnight Saturday about a possible prowler in the 2700 block of Wembley Circle. The homeowner said a male tapped on the kitchen window, scaring his daughter who didn’t recognize him. The male did a dance and fled.

Underage drinking complaint: An anonymous caller said there were a half dozen underage drinkers and more coming later at a party in the 4700 block of Shasta Drive before 10 p.m. Thursday. Police contacted the homeowner, who was not home, with a warning and also warned the 18-year-old son at the house.

Panic alarm: A hold-up alarm went off at , 1260 S. Moorland Rd., at 9:26 p.m. Thursday. A manager told police he dropped and broke the panic alarm, setting it off. Diners had no idea and it was a normal scene when officers arrived.

Road rage: A motorist called police to say he was concerned that two men in a grey Chevy Malibu were following him on eastbound I-94. The man said he honked at the Malibu after seeing someone throw a KFC cup out the window on the interstate near West Bluemound Road and the Malibu then appeared to follow him. The man lost the car, however.

Traffic, train signal problems:

The train crossing arms and the traffic lights at the intersection of West North Avenue and Pilgrim Road were malfunctioning about 6 p.m. Sunday. One caller said a train was coming but the train crossing arms went up to allow traffic through. A control panel blue light that notifies CP Rail there are problems was burned out and has been replaced. Also, the traffic lights at the intersection were red in all four directions, motorists told the city.

Fraud:

  • A man in the 200 block of Le Chateau Drive told police Monday that someone had applied for three credit cards in his name. Two rejected the application (Best Buy and Sak’s Fifth Avenue); a third accepted it (Kohl’s), giving a $1,000 credit limit. No charges were made before the man discovered the card and canceled it.
  • Someone stole the identity of a man in the 2900 block of Emery Drive, opening an AT&T mobile account in his name and charging $2,155, the man told police July 5.
  • Police are investigating whether a 27-year-old employee at , 15850 W. Bluemound Rd., fraudulently transferred money from clients’ accounts to her personal account

Smash and grabs, car entries:

  • A $100, 80-pound aluminum plate was stolen from the bed of a truck parked Sunday at , 19100 W. Capitol Dr. for an A/C repair. The unlocked Ford F250 was entered, the keys left on the seat and center console rummaged through.
  • A $1,250 laptop was taken from a 2005 Dodge Caravan between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday at , 12730 W. Capitol Dr. Entry was through windows that were cracked open.
  • A Garmin GPS was stolen after someone smashed a car’s rear driver’s side window between 11:40 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. Saturday at , 13100 W. Capitol Dr.
  • An $800 Dell laptop computer and $400 Samsun cell phone were taken from a 2011 Suburu after the left rear passenger window was smashed sometime after 1 a.m. Saturday at , 18155 W. Bluemound Rd., the Oak Forest, Ill. Car owner told police.
  • A computer was stolen from a Mercedes after a window was smashed between 6:30 and 8:10 p.m. Friday at , 18355 W. Bluemound Rd.

Thefts:

  • Eight Hummel figurines worth $4,200 to $6,200 were reported missing from a home in the 13000 block of Kent Avenue. The homeowner suspected a former painter who she said stole and pawned some of her jewelry in March or April.
  • A pair of swimmers at , 2925 N. Barker Rd., said they left their purse and wallet on the beach and they were stolen when they returned about 6 p.m. Friday.

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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.

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