Police Notes: Dec. 6

Dec. 6, 2011

Reward increased in suspected homicide

The family and friends of Jeffrey Garnier, whose death on a street in West Allis is under investigation as a homicide, have raised $8,000 to bring the total West Allis Crime Stoppers reward for information to $10,000.

Surveillance video shows Garnier, 57, of West Allis was approached for four males as he crossed the street about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 20. One of them struck him, causing him to fall to the pavement, police said.

He subsequently died Nov. 25, with an autopsy indicating the cause as blunt force trauma to the head, police said.

Investigators are asking for help from the public to solve the case. Anyone with information should contact the West Allis Police Department at (414) 302-8000. If they wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for the $10,000 reward, they can contact the West Allis Crime Stoppers tipline at (414) 476-CASH (2274).

Information sought in gas station robbery

Police are looking for the man who robbed a West Allis gas station while claiming he had an explosive device and a gun.

The robbery at Mass Petro Mart at 60th Street and Greenfield Avenue happened occurred shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The suspect, described as black man between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds and possibly in his early 30s, handed the clerk a note stating he had the explosive device and a gun. The note also demanded cash from the drawer. The man fled with $310.

No weapon was seen and no injuries were reported.

Officers with a police dog searched the area. They are asking anyone with information to contact the West Allis Police Department at (414) 302-8000 or Crimestoppers Tip line at 414-476-CASH.

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