Police Reports: Woman Makes Off with a Haul, Then Repeats Feat

Among the mix of retail thieves, most of whom either hide things in bags or clothing, or just grab stuff and run, this one stands out for not standing out while making the big hit.

An unknown woman somehow found the key to getting away with the goods from a local department store, leaving company security agents a bit baffled and embarrassed.

A security officer at Target, 12725 Blue Mound Rd., reported to police on Jan. 19 that a review of the the week's video surveillance records showed that on Jan. 15, a woman had somehow managed to walk out of the store unnoticed with a TV set, a mini-refrigerator and a DVD player.

The next day, the same woman returned and stole another large TV, also without drawing any attention from store staff.

Security is now on the lookout for her should she return for another load.

In other incidents:

Jan. 17

At 9:21 a.m., an employee of Metro Market, 17630 Blue Mound Rd., reported that a man had just left the store with five bottles of liquor, refusing to stop for clerks. He fled in a 2011 Chevy Cruze and could not be found, but police have his license number and photos from store surveillance.

At 10:29 a.m., Brookfield police were called to assist the Fire Department when a load of garbage in a Waste Management truck caught fire at West Greenfield Avenue and South Sunnyslope Road. The operator was forced to dump the burning refuse in the street to save the truck.

At 3:26 p.m., a 47-year-old Waukesha man was arrested for theft at Sears at Brookfield Square after he was seen stealing cologne worth $52. He left the store and got on a bus, but police had already alerted the bus driver, who stayed put until officers arrived to take the suspect into custody.

Jan. 18

At 3:30 p.m., police were called to North Calhoun Road and River Birch Drive on a witness’ report that an AT&T van had just tried to speed through the railroad crossing there and had ripped off one of the crossing gates when it came down on top of the vehicle. The driver kept going, and the approaching train ran over the displaced gate, destroying it. Police were attempting to locate the driver through AT&T’s dispatch records.

At 3:30 p.m., a 49-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for theft from Claire’s Boutique at Brookfield Square after he took “a whole lot of earrings” and ran from store security officers. Police tracked the suspect down and captured him near 300 N. Executive Drive. The suspect had dumped the goods, but a search turned up the ill-gotten earrings at 180 N. Executive, and they were returned to their rightful owners.

Jan. 19

At 10:14 a.m., a 59-year-old Wauwatosa man was arrested for theft from Piggly Wiggly at 2315 N. 124th St. after he reportedly tried to take 26 grocery items worth $107.01. He told police he had made a mistake, that he didn’t have any money for food and is a Vietnam veteran going through a divorce. The suspect also had two warrants for his arrest through the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, one for retail theft and one for jumping bail.

At 2:30 p.m., a 48-year-old Milwaukee woman was arrested for theft from JC Penney at Brookfield Square after management called police to say that she had taken a bunch of clothing into a fitting room and come out without any of it visible. In the fitting room were only empty hangers. Police were waiting and she was stopped and arrested as she walked out the door with $295 worth of merchandise.

At 7:35 p.m., police received a frantic call that a car was stuck on the railroad tracks at Pilgrim Parkway and West North Avenue. Police did find that a driver had mistakenly turned onto the tracks and the car was immobile, caught on the rails up to its frame. Police contacted the railroad company to halt any trains until the car could be removed.

Jan. 20

At 2:06 a.m., a 30-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested for disorderly conduct after he got drunk and became loud, boisterous and profane at the Sheraton Hotel, 375 S. Moorland Rd. The man wandered into the hotel manager’s office, clearly marked “Employees Only,” carrying a bottle of liquor.  He began yelling profanities at a security officer who asked him to leave, then took his behavior to the lobby and the halls. When police arrived and called to him to stop, he yelled more profanities at them. He was “obnoxious,” one officer noted.


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