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Brookfield police issue second warning about ongoing wallet thefts

Dec. 19, 2012

The City of Brookfield Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding suspects in ongoing wallet thefts in the area.

According to a crime alert issued this week:

On Dec. 11, a woman’s wallet was stolen from a purse at Pick ‘n Save, 12735 W. Capitol Drive. Video surveillance showed a black man, 5 foot, 5 inches to 5-10, and 40- to 45-years-old in glasses and black woman, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7, and 35 to 40-years-old, both wearing black coats, using one of the stolen credit cards the same day at a Wauwatosa Target, 3900 N 124th St., to purchase three electronic tablets and other electronic items totaling more than $2,700. The couple had a toddler in a pink coat and hat in a shopping cart.

On Dec. 12, a purse containing credit cards was stolen from a locked minivan parked at the Brookfield Indoor Soccer Complex, 19485 W Lisbon Road. The suspect smashed the front passenger window of the van to gain access. Video surveillance showed a white man in a black jacket and baseball cap (pictured) using one of the stolen credit cards to buy two electronic tablets 20 minutes later at the same Wauwatosa Target.

The same suspect was seen on video surveillance using the same card to buy another electronic tablet at a West Allis Target, 2600 S 108th Street.

The man is seen entering a silver minivan or SUV which parks away from the store entrance, driven by a second suspect.

Last month, police issued a similar warning about a group of suspects believed to be part of a theft ring targeting elderly women in stores.

At least four incidents of wallets being taken from credit cards at area stores and cafes were reported.

Suspects in those cases used stolen credit cards at area Target and Best Buy stores.

Capt. Jim Adlam said people can protect themselves by paying attention to where they keep their valuables.

"I've seen women walking away from carts with their purses in it," Adlam said. "I've also seen people leave valuables on the seats of their cars in parking lots. You are a target."

As of Wednesday, no arrests had been made in connection with the thefts, and police have not said if the thefts are related.

Brookfield police urge anyone with information about the thefts to call (262) 787-3702

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