1About $700 in coins was stolen from vending machines, coin boxes and the office at Skip & Son's Car Wash, 9530 S. Howell Ave., between 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24 and 11 a.m. Nov. 26. More than $3,000 in damage was done to the car wash.
2Six gambling machines were damaged after someone broke into American Legion Post 434, 9327 S. Shepard Ave., through a door on the east side of the building between 12:35 and 6 a.m. Nov. 28. Cable and phone lines on the north side of the building were cut, causing the alarm system to deactivate. Surveillance video shows a white man with a beard and carrying a backpack walking around the business just before 4 a.m. It is unknown how much money was stolen. Damage to the business is estimated at $400. Investigation is ongoing.
· A male was arrested for theft and fraud for stealing his grandmother's checks, forging her signature and cashing them between mid-October and Nov. 24. In all, he stole $745.
3A man was arrested for shoplifting a $50 drill battery and $48 worth of drill bits at Menards, 6800 S. 27th St., about 9:30 a.m. Nov. 27.
4A 4-foot-tall, lighted Christmas tree was stolen from a porch at Hy-View Mobile Home Park, 2541 W. Carroll Ave., between 7 p.m. Nov. 27 and 8 a.m. Nov. 28. Police received a phone call from an anonymous resident Nov. 29, who stated the tree was found by a Dumpster. Officers returned it to the owner.
5Three aluminum, two-piece tree stands, valued at $550, were stolen off a trailer in a driveway in the 10700 block of South 10th Avenue between 8 p.m. Nov. 27 and 10 a.m. Nov. 28.
6A flip phone was stolen after it was inadvertently left in the restroom at Wendy's, 7940 S. Howell Ave., between 2 and 3 p.m. Nov. 29.
7A caller reported his Styrofoam, "life-like" painted deer with a real eight-point rack was stolen at the Victoria Motel, 10131 S. Chicago Road, between 3 p.m. Nov. 29 and 7:30 a.m. Nov. 30. The deer is valued at $100.
8A man was arrested for shoplifting after he was seen concealing two bottles of vodka, valued at $42, inside his coat at Pick 'n Save, 6462 S. 27th St., at 4:50 p.m. Nov. 29. He admitted to police that he shoplifts liquor often and is unlikely to stop. He was told not to return to Pick 'n Save or he would be arrested for trespassing.
9A cellphone, valued at $800, and its $50 black case were stolen after they were inadvertently left inside a restroom at South Shore Cinema, 7261 S. 13th St., between 6 and 7 p.m. Nov. 30.
10A $300 purse containing $120, credit cards, a checkbook and a pill container with prescription medication; a diaper bag valued at $200; three $500 slot machine mother boards; a $200 black wool jacket; a $1,000 white gold necklace with a circular pendant; and a pair of $200 white gold hoop earrings were stolen from a pickup truck parked at T.J. Maxx, 8571 S. Howell Ave., between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 1.
11A male attempted to shoplift $286 worth of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Fanta Orange and Red Bull at Woodman's, 8131 S. Howell Ave., but then left the merchandise in the parking lot when he was chased by an employee about 2:45 p.m. Dec. 2. The male, described as a 6-foot-2, white male with blonde shoulder-length hair and wearing a plaid red baseball hat and vest, ran to Howell Avenue and jumped into a white Impala driven by a bald, black man in his early 20s.
12A man was arrested for possession of heroin after a motorist reported an erratic driver in the 1500 block of West Rawson Avenue about 12:30 p.m. Nov. 26.
13A female was arrested for possession of cocaine at Villa Vista, 8060 S. 27th St., about 9 a.m. Dec. 1.
14A man was arrested for possession of cocaine after officers found a small plastic bag containing 0.90 grams of cocaine on the rear driver-side floorboard of his vehicle in the 6500 block of South Pennsylvania Avenue about 2:45 a.m. Dec. 2. He had been pulled over for speeding. In addition, he was taken into custody on a Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office warrant for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
15A man was arrested for drunken driving and cited for driving without a valid license in the parking lot at Melrose Restaurant, 6840 S. 27th St., about 5:10 a.m. Nov. 29. His blood-alcohol content was unavailable at the time of the report.
16A man was arrested for drunken driving and cited for driving with a suspended license after an officer saw him speeding, squealing his car's tires and driving into the median curb several times in the 9500 block of South Howell Avenue about 2 a.m. Nov. 30. His BAC was 0.18.
17A person was taken to the hospital for treatment of head and spinal pain after another driver backed into the person's vehicle while backing out of a parking space at the Oak Creek Post Office, 200 E. Centennial Drive, about 11 a.m. Nov. 25. The driver of the striking vehicle stated the accelerator got stuck. No citations were issued at the scene. The victim's name, age, sex and community of residence were redacted from the report.
18One person was taken to St. Luke's South Shore hospital for treatment of head and back pain after a driver heading east on Puetz Road made a left turn to head north on Howell Avenue and struck a vehicle driving west on Howell about 5:15 p.m. Nov. 25. The turning driver was cited for failure to yield the right of way while making a left turn. Information about the drivers' identities, age, sex and community of residence was redacted from the report.
19A vehicle's rear window was smashed out while it was parked in the 4200 block of East Alton Road between midnight and 9 a.m. Nov. 28. A neighbor told police she heard the window break at 2:10 a.m., but didn't see anyone when she looked out her window. Damage is estimated at $500.
20A resident reported seeing a coyote in his front yard in the 300 block of East Estates Place at 2:10 p.m. Nov. 28. The caller stated the coyote has been coming up to his fence while his dogs are in his backyard. Officers were unable to find the coyote, but did see a fox walking through the neighborhood.
21A resident of an apartment complex in the 600 block of West Riverwood Drive called police the afternoon of Nov. 29 to report there was a "burning flesh" odor coming from somewhere in her building, and stated that it occurs often. An officer went to the building and reported the he detected the smells of fresh baked bread, pumpkin pie, ham seasoned with brown sugar and cloves, taco seasoning, several Asian spices and various candle scents. The officer did not detect any odors that would be deemed as obnoxious or smelled like burning flesh, and the complaint was deemed unfounded.
22A resident reported a group of foxes aggressively approached her boyfriend while he was walking his Rottweiler in the 300 block of East Estates Place about 8 p.m. Nov. 30. No one was bitten and the dog was OK, but the caller said this was not the first time it has happened. The responding officer spoke to another resident who stated that a fox approached him in his front yard and growled at him, and the fox then headed north through a wooded area. The officer was unable to find any foxes in the area and told the residents to contact the Department of Natural Resources if it occurs again.
· Oak Creek police responded to four domestic violence calls and assisted with 23 rescue calls and one fire call between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2.
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