Thursday, May 2, 2013
Shoplifters all around Milwaukee - and the country - are pushing the limits to get their hands on expensive canisters that are often being resold by other business owners.
Thefts of baby formula have been occurring, well, as long as baby formula has been sold in stores. But a rash of recent thefts in the Milwaukee area and even across the country, appear to have escalated in terms of the boldness and brazenness — or maybe desperation — of the offenders. The most recent large-scale bust happened in April when police say Ebony Sims, 26, and Johnetta Webb, 23, both from Milwaukee, loaded 69 cans of formula into plastic totes they had grabbed off the shelves at Walmart in Greenfield and waltzed out of the store. Two days later, the same couple tried again, this time planning a “push out” of about 60 cans before ditching the cans when alerted by an accomplice that police were outside waiting for them. “I think …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
All three were apprehended after each pushed a $299 TV out the door after only one of them made the purchase, according to the police report.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A trio of shoppers tried to take advantage of a BOGO sale—buy one, get one—at Best Buy on Saturday. Make that buy one, get two. Only problem was there was no such sale. Three individuals were arrested for retail theft after police say they purchased one $300 television and then attempted to use the receipt from that purchase to walk out with two more identical televisions. According to the Greenfield Police Department report, a 22-year-old Caledonia man purchased the initial television, loaded it into the backseat of his vehicle and then handed the receipt to his 21-year-old female accomplice from West Allis. Meanwhile, a 21-year-old Milwaukee walked out of the store with an identical TV and put it in the Caledonia man’s trunk. He left the…
Friday, November 2, 2012
A Franksville man was busted by authorities after the Greenfield Police Department acted on a tip from another case last fall.
Updated 1:45 p.m. Nov. 2 A Franksville man found out this week a couple of dump trucks filled with marijuana not only carries a $7.2 million value on the street, but it is also worth a lengthy prison term as well. John Gay, who plead guilty to one count of possession with intent to sell marijuana in July, was sentenced to 6 years in prison with an additional 3 years of extended supervision in Racine County Court this week, one year after police found more than nine tons of pot on his property. Last fall, acting on a tip from a related case at the Greenfield Police Department, investigators obtained a warrant to search a property located at 2743 76th St. in Franksville, according to Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt. There they found 1…
Saturday, July 21, 2012
John Gay, who grew enough marijuana to become the largest marijuana bust in southeastern Wisconsin, pleaded guilty to one felony drug charge on Thursday.
A Raymond man who operated what police called the largest marijuana bust in southeastern Wisconsin, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of possession with intent to sell marijuana in a Racine County Court. He was arrested in October after police found more than nine tons of pot on his property. Jacalyn LaBre, the prosecuting attorney, recommended that John Gay be sentenced to seven years in prison with extended supervision. Gay's attorney may argue a lesser sentence at the sentence hearing on Nov. 1. Judge Wayne Marik has ordered a pre-sentence investigation before he makes a final decision on sentencing Gay. The initial charge carried a modifier with the use of a dangerous weapon, but the modifier was dropped. Gay had also been charged …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Suspect told police she stole jewelry, sports memorabilia and other items so she could raise money to help her brother with his legal bills.
A 27-year-old Franksville woman is facing felony charges after she stole more than $20,000 in cash, jewelry and memorabilia from a Caledonia home so she could pay her brother’s legal bills. Holly R. Bankenbush was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Thursday with one count of felony theft of more than $10,000 in items. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: A Greenfield police officer investigating transactions at area pawn shops found Bankenbush had made six transactions since August at a store, selling items believed to be above her income level. Bankenbush admitted stealing the items from her boyfriend’s parent’s home in the 12000 block of County Road G in order to …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Acting on a tip from one of their cases led Greenfield police investigators to the bust in rural Racine County.
UPDATES: John Gay, 44, of Raymond, was held on a $1 million bond, according to a story by the Racine Journal Times. Gay was charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession marijuana with intent to deliver -- more than 10 kilograms, and manufacturing or distributing marijuana. Also, according to Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt, detectives and drug investigators left the property Tuesday afternoon after a second day of searching yielded 289 full-grown marijuana plants which filled an additional dump truck. The Greenfield Police Department helped shut down a massive drug-growing operation in rural Racine County on Monday. Acting on a tip from a related Greenfield case, Greenfield investigators obtained a warrant to …
Monday, October 17, 2011
The following information was supplied by the Caledonia Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
UPDATE: A Racine man is in police custody for taking jewelry at Kmart, 6141 Douglas Ave. in Caledonia on Oct. 1. Steven Mack, 45, of Racine, is also suspected of taking jewelry from J.C. Penny and Boston Store at the Regency Mall in Racine. At Boston Store, Mack is suspected of taking $28,000 in jewelry on Oct. 7 and taking $23,000 in jewelry from a Kmart store in Greenfield Oct. 1. Captain Paul Schlecht, of the Greenfield Police Department, said in his jurisdiction, Mack is suspected of grabbing a tray of rings, hiding them under his coat and leaving the store. “We’re still trying to put together a case,” Schlecht said. “Mr. Mack has invoked his right not to speak and we’re going to have to prove our case through other means. But we’re …
Monday, March 21, 2011
Four of the thefts were in the City of Racine and the other was in Caledonia.
Officials with the Greenfield Police Department are searching for a man who took cash from Loomis Food & Beverage last week. This isn’t the first time Faheem Babwari, 25, of West Allis, is accused of taking money from a business. He had just been released from jail in Racine County after the Racine County District Attorney’s Office charged Babwari with several similar thefts, one of which was in Caledonia. All of the charges were misdemeanors and he wasn’t armed during any of the thefts. Babwari was released from jail on March 2 after he posted $500 bail. According to court records, Babwari was charged earlier this month with five counts of theft, moveable property, and obstruction after he stole cash from five different gas stations/…