Police Notes: March 19

March 19, 2013

Police seeking

hungry thief

Greenfield police are seeking a heavy-set man who has been observed stealing sandwiches and pizzas, mostly from area gas stations between Feb. 11 and March 13.

In the first three of four cases, the thefts occurred around lunchtime, and the suspect was seen driving off in a white Pontiac Grand Prix.

The man was first observed shoplifting carryout food items at Citgo, 8333 W. Layton Ave., at about 1:10 p.m. Feb. 11. The unidentified man, described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, in his 40s with dark hair, fled the station.

Police tied a second incident to the same suspect when an employee at Speedway, 6000 W. Layton Ave., reported that a heavy-set man attempted to shoplift several food items at noon March 13. The suspect ended up leaving the items behind and fled the lot.

About 15 minutes later police received a report likely involving the same suspect who had just shoplifted frozen pizza, soda and other food items at Speedway on 60th Street and Layton Avenue.

The same man was a suspect in a fourth incident later that day. A cashier at Sendik's, 7901 W. Layton Ave., told police a heavier-set man put a sandwich from the hot bar into a container and walked out of the store at 4:30 p.m. The license plate number of the vehicle was obtained by employees and video surveillance. However, a search revealed the plates were cancelled and might be stolen.

Police track down

stolen vehicle

A vehicle stolen from a Greenfield gas station on March 14 ended up involving police departments from three municipalities before it was recovered three days later.

According to police:

A man called Greenfield police after his vehicle, a black Toyota Rav4, was taken from the lot of Andy's, 4710 S. 108th St., when he went inside to pay for gas at about 7 p.m. March 14. The victim told police he last saw the suspect, whom he described as a black male in his early 20s wearing a tan hooded sweatshirt, driving his Toyota eastbound on West Layton Avenue.

At about 8:10 p.m., an employee at Citgo on 92nd Street and Howard Avenue told police he saw the stolen vehicle drive through their lot about an hour earlier. The employee stated several occupants inside the vehicle discarded numerous items, including a manual and insurance and debit cards, while they drove through the lot.

Greenfield police were advised that more property from the victim's vehicle was located in the 2300 block of North 73rd Street. The items were collected and returned to the victim by Wauwatosa police.

At about 5:25 p.m. March 17, Greenfield police were advised by the Menomonee Falls Police Department that the stolen vehicle was recovered in their city and the driver was in custody.

The driver, whose identity was not disclosed, was arrested for operating a vehicle without the owner's consent and the stolen vehicle was towed to the Menomonee Falls Police Department for processing.

18-year-old charged

after home invasion

A felony charge was issued last week against an 18-year-old West Allis man who allegedly broke into a Greenfield home with two other subjects, beat an 18-year-old man and stole a safe containing $1,800 on March 5.

According to police:

The victim was in his bedroom at his residence in the 4400 block of South 43rd Street when three males broke into the side door of the home at about 12:30 p.m.

The intruders ran into the man's bedroom, struck him over the head with a crowbar, punched him in the face multiple times and ransacked the room, pulling out all his dresser drawers and dumping the contents on the floor. The subjects then left the house with the safe and fled through the backyard.

The victim told police he recognized two of the suspects - an 18-year-old man and his younger brother. The victim stated he had met both through mutual friends, and they had been at his home to gamble about one week prior to this incident.

The third suspect was unknown to the victim.

Officers found damage to the side door frame and multiple sets of footprints in the snow leading toward 44th Street and Bottsford Avenue. Neighbors reported having seen three people running towards a car parked in the 4400 block of West Bottsford shortly after the incident. They were last seen driving eastbound on West Bottsford Avenue towards South 43rd Street.

Greenfield police tracked the 18-year-old man to Waukesha, where he was taken into custody by police there for an outstanding traffic warrant.

On March 8, the Milwaukee District Attorney's Office issued a criminal complaint against the 18-year-old for home invasion burglary while armed, a felony. If convicted, he is facing up to 15 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.

In July 2012, the 18-year-old was arrested for burglarizing a home in West Allis and was sentenced to one year in prison. His prison sentence was stayed and he was on probation when the home invasion occurred.

He is currently being held in the Waukesha County Jail on a probation violation hold.

According to the police report, the juvenile suspect was not located on the day of the incident. Police are still seeking the third suspect.

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