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Police Beat: Another Fighting Shoplifter, And Another Arrest

Loss prevention officers were confronted with another stubborn shoplifter - this time at Target.

It’s been a tough past several days for loss prevention officers at local stores.

On Friday, a 29-year-old man wrestled and boxed a plainclothes security guard at Pick’n Save on his way to an arrest. On Monday, loss prevention officers found themselves in a confrontation of their own.

At 3:48 p.m. Monday, Menomonee Falls police officers were dispatched to Target after receiving a report that a thief was fighting with loss prevention outside the store. When police arrived, they saw 21-year-old Letesia Howard running from the scene.

Like , she didn’t get far.

She was quickly arrested and charged with felony retail theft. She had attempted to steal $1,897.88 worth of merchandise from the store.

Also in the reports:

  • At 2:05 a.m. Friday, police responded to a call of shots fired near Parkway Drive and Ravine Drive. Two girls were found walking in the immediate area of the complaint. When officers spoke with both girls they smelled of marijuana and both admitted to being at a party in a home in the area. They said marijuana smoking and underage drinking were occurring at the house.
  • At 12:14 p.m. Aug. 9, a suspect stole $35.01 worth of gasoline from .
  • At 5:34 a.m. Monday, an officer was dispatched to after an unknown suspect damaged the window on the rear door of the business. The manager said the act of vandalism likely occurred sometime after 10 p.m. Sunday. It appeared that a person threw an object at the window, which left a large spider web crack.
  • At 11:56 p.m. Friday, police arrested a 35-year-old woman for a first offense OWI near Appleton Avenue and Ruby Road. The woman was deviating into other lanes and was slurring her speech. A preliminary breath test indicated the woman had a blood-alcohol level of 0.227.
  • Between 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, a suspect shot a metal ball bearing at a window at . The bearing left a ½-inch hole in the window, and caused roughly $450 in damage.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) August 14, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Target and a Milwaukee citizen. Guess I don't stereotype from the previous Patch article.
Craig August 14, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Time for loss prevention officers to carry. At the minimum, they should have a big honkin' tazer!
Linda Pasbrig Molenaar August 15, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I agree Craig! I'm getting a bit tired of these Milwaukee residence coming here and causing trouble. Enough is enough....maybe a good zap will correct the idiocy in them =)
Craig August 15, 2012 at 02:33 AM
A properly positioned piece of lead would prevent repeat offenders, and free up the court system. :-P
Craig August 15, 2012 at 03:20 AM
And a well positioned high voltage taze would prevent these offenders from procreating!

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