An alert victim who provided officers with the license plate of a suspect helped District One officers solve at least three crimes in Downtown Milwaukee and on the East Side. The most recent incident happened around 10:20 a.m. on September 11 when the victim, a 24-year-old woman, was walking in the 1900 block of N. Oakland Avenue. A male suspect in his car drove past the victim and parked his car about a block away. The suspect walked up to the victim and grabbed the victim’s wallet and cell phone out of her hands. He then fled from the scene in his car.
The victim in this incident was able to memorize the car’s license plate and provide that to officers. Through their investigation, MPD officers determined the make/model of the vehicle and a potential suspect and on September 12 took the suspect into custody in the 5500 block of N. Teutonia Avenue. The suspect, a 21-year-old Milwaukee man, confessed to this crime and two more theft incidents, an August 17 theft in the 100 block of N. Water Street and an August 23 theft also in the 100 block of N. Water Street. MPD will present this case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days.