Just after Milwaukee Police gave a news briefing to media on the problem of burglaries citywide involving open windows, District 7 officers showed residents that they’re on the case by arresting two burglary suspects!
On Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 2 p.m., District 7 Sgt. Rodney Washington responded to a burglary in progress in the 2800 block of N. 86 St. Also responding was Officer Jermel R. Wilder, who was planted on the rear door off the home. Sergeant Malcolm Blakely and Police Officers Elgerrith Tucker and Troy Johnson planted on the front of the house. Police Officer Melissa Takacs and Sgt. Washington cleared the upper and first floor. Officers Wilder and Takacs then cleared the basement. The suspect had cut the rear screen to gain entry.
Officer Wilder found a computer and safe at the rear door of the unit, leading the responding officers to believe that the suspect had a lookout because they left in a hurry, leaving the items behind.
The police dispatcher put the description of the suspects over the air for squads in the area. The keen ears of Police Officers Michael A. Mattioli, Neil Verburgt Michelle Farney, Troy Johnson and Elgerrith Tucker conducted a field intervew stop of two suspicious suspects in the 8500 block of W. Center Street.
The officers spoke to the suspects and they gave conflicting stories as to why they were in the area. One suspect confessed to being the lookout for the burglary and both men were arrested.
All the responding officers did an outstanding job regarding this incident. The officers listened to the description, stayed in the area and conduct excellent stops of the possible actors. Outstanding teamwork by all involved!