Five burglars – and their guns – are off the streets, thanks to outstanding work by District 4 officers and some good neighbors.
It all started with a bold daytime burglary near 102nd and Greenwood Terrace last week. Taken were 10 guns and a TV. Observant neighbors saw the suspects around the house that was burglarized but they saw them walk away from the house carrying nothing. They did the right thing and called police to report suspicious persons in their neighborhood. Officers responded but could not locate the suspects who were described as several males with two females.
A short time later the homeowner returned and found the residence had been broken into. The same officers who responded earlier, Officer Jamie Fohr and Recruit Officer Ryan Fidlin, responded again. Using good police skills, the officers checked the surrounding area, including checking the wooded area behind the house but they found nothing. A squad stayed to patrol the area because officers knew that the suspects who were seen walking likely would go get a vehicle and return to get the stolen property that they likely hid in the woods behind the home.
Officers Kyle Mronzinski and Travis Jung were on patrol in the area and had alerted neighbors to call if they saw any suspicious persons. Sure enough, a good neighbor called to tell police she saw a red Chrysler minivan with several males driving around approaching houses in the neighborhood. She then advised that the suspects went to a residence in the 7300 block of N. 95th St. Officers Mronzinski and Jung responded to that location and saw the suspects prying and door of the residence. They and other officers assisted in arresting five suspected burglars who were riding in a Chrysler minivan which had been reported stolen. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun when he was arrested.
This is the kind of cooperation between police and residents that Milwaukee Police work to build every day. We thank the good people in this northwest side neighborhood and we thank the officers for giving them back their streets.