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Police Find Stolen Car in Bayside Driveway

A 21-year-old Milwaukee man stole the vehicle from his mother.

At 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, a Bayside officer ran a license plate check on a vehicle and discovered Milwaukee Police had it flagged as stolen. The officer called for backup and moved in.

According to the report:

They approached the car, guns drawn. There was movement inside the vehicle and officers ordered all the occupants to put their hands up. They were all removed from the car and questioned. None of the occupants were armed.

The 21-year-old asked police why he was under arrest. The officer told him it was because he was driving a stolen vehicle. He explained it was his mother’s.

His mother told police she had reported the car stolen when she had found a set of keys missing. She never gave her son permission to take her car.

Her son also had a warrant through Glendale police for $1,033 in retail theft.

The 16-year-old passenger came up with a missing juvenile warrant through the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s office. He was released to his mother in West Allis at 6:10 a.m

The third man in the car was questioned by Bayside police and he said he did not know the vehicle was stolen. Officers asked why they were hiding in the vehicle then when police arrived, and he said, “That’s what you do when you see the police.”

The 21-year-old was cited for operating without a valid license and operating without owners consent.

Absolutelyfabulous March 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Simple question: Why do the police in Bayside drive around in SUV's or an SUV? What necessitated this move to a vehicle that will most likely get less gas milage than a conventional cruiser or possibly a cruiser that is a hybrid. I've seen them in Fox Point for quite some time, yet just noticed them in Bayside. They don't have them in Shorewood and possibly WFB and I don't believe there is any difference in altitude or steeper roadways or the weather is that much more different in Bayside, so what is the point to have an SUV patrolling all day burning more gas than would be necessary?
Sarah Worthman March 08, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Hi Absolutelyfabulous, Thanks for the comment/question. I'm not sure why that is. I will reach out and try to find out for you. Thanks, Sarah
Sarah Worthman March 08, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Hi, again, Absolutelyfabulous, Here's what I received from Bruce Resnick, Bayside Police Chief: every North Shore agency (including Shorewood and Whitefish Bay), Mequon, City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Sheriff and beyond have SUV’s. These vehicles carry specialized equipment that will not fit in a conventional squad, they give high visibility, and they have the ability to move through snow and mud. While Village streets are well maintained, often officers respond to homes during the winter with driveways that have not been plowed. The four-wheel drive vehicles give us the ability to quickly access homes and businesses under all conditions. We also often use the SUV’s when we have officers in field training. They provide more seating room and a better environment for training. (We currently have two officers in field training) We have found that the gas mileage is similar and in some cases better in the SUV’s. That is due in part to the technology in the engines, which in the newer SUV’s, have Active Fuel Management. The system switches from eight to four cylinders when engine is not under load. This increases fuel mileage. This feature is not available in the traditional squads.
Absolutelyfabulous March 09, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Thanks for the reply. I thought about the visibility issue but since most of the cars are still squads, then that really wouldnt be a determining factor. Something new every day. I wonder how long this Active Fuel Technology has been around? Only because when the bottom fell out of the economy and gas prices were on the rise, dealerships couldn't give away SUV's. I'm veering, but any idea when this technology came into being? Is it now standard on SUV/Utility vehicles across the board? Will this buy time or delay SUV's/larger vehicles from transfering over to being hybrids or is electric even possible for such large vehicles due to their weight and the loads they may carry? Gas prices are on the rise and that's going to put the brakes on everything again. Interesting to see if SUV's/larger vehicles will take the same kind of hit they took ~08/09.
Sarah Worthman March 09, 2012 at 06:30 PM
You've got a lot of good questions there. I'll keep my eyes open and let you know if I find anything. :)

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