Two Teens Caught in Theft of Parent's Jeep

They tried to burglarize a Fox Point garage, then led police on a chase using the K9 unit that ended near Cardinal Stritch University.

After a lengthy chase through Fox Point, a Whitefish Bay and Glendale teen were cited after stealing a jeep and rummaging through a Fox Point garage.

At 7 p.m. Jan. 8, a woman in the 200 block of West Indian Creek Court in Fox Point returned home to find a young man running down her driveway from the open garage, jump into a Jeep and take off.

According to the report, the driver of the Jeep actually waved to the homeowner as she drove into the driveway. After the teen took off, she went into the garage and noticed the passenger-side door of her husband's car was ajar. A leather wallet with no money in it was missing from the car.

While a Fox Point officer was interviewing the woman, a dispatcher told officers that Glendale police had located the Jeep in the parking lot of Coventry Court Apartments in Glendale, but there was no one inside.  

Officers then brought in Boomer, a member of the Glendale K9 unit to conduct a search, however, neither teen was found.  

After taking the Jeep back to the Fox Point station, police found a cell phone, a marijuana grinder, an iPod, 0.22-caliber shot shell rounds, bank records, a clear plastic container with tools that had a piece of tape with a name handwritten on it. Other paperwork in the vehicle showed a last name which did not match the name of the registered owner who lives on Lake View Drive in Whitefish Bay.

Officers went to the home of the registered owner, who told police they noticed the Jeep was missing sometime between 9 and 9:30 a.m. that day. They said their son had been working on the car, trying to get it running, but believed he hadn’t left the house that evening.

They brought their son to the Fox Point station the next day for questioning. The 16-year-old admitted to police his involvement in the incident, implicating his friend, a 16-year-old from Glendale, as the individual who was seen running down the driveway.

Because the Whitefish Bay teen was cooperative, police only cited him for driving without a license.

Officers went to the Glendale teen's home and spoke with the father who agreed to bring him into the station for questioning.

The Glendale teen came to the Fox Point station and kept denying involvement, saying he didn’t know what officers were talking about. About 20 minutes after he got to the station, officers put him in cuffs and told him he was under arrest for burglary. As soon as the cuffs went on, he said, "Take the cuffs off me ... I want to get this done and tell you guys everything."

He admitted to driving around with the Whitefish Bay teen and corroborated the other teens' statement.

He was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to property and theft. He faces a possible total of $20,000 in fine and up to 18 months in jail for Criminal Trespass to Dwelling and Theft.

Absolutelyfabulous January 26, 2012 at 10:05 AM
wfb51- I was thinking exactly the same thing w/ regard to the WFB teen. According to this report they BOTH were looking for a garage to rob. http://foxpoint.patch.com/articles/glendale-teen-charged-after-breaking-into-fox-pont-garage How does the WFB teen get off so easy? Is there a lawyer in the family or someone just very well connected to keep something more serious off juniors record so it won't dampen potential college/employment prospects. Marijuana grinder? Maybe just a rearview mirror adornment. "After a lengthy chase through Fox Point." Isn't there something about ELUDING an officer or refusing to stop in the law books somewhere and all the driver received was driving w/out a license. Next time a police officer's lights start flashing behind my car, I'll take off and try to elude them and see what additional citations I receive as well as seeing if they pursue the marijuana grinder I have. What happened w/ them parking the car on the Coventry parking lot? That is a hidden parking area not seen from the street? If I came outside and my car was gone, the first thing I would do is report to the police that my vehicle was stolen. Then again, after the "lengthy chase" they may have decided to ditch the car in the lot and hoof it back home on foot/call a friend for a ride and not say anything. Also, the speed limit in that area is only 25-35 mph, I believe. Was this whole "lengthy chase" w/in the speed limits while officers were being ELUDED?
Absolutelyfabulous January 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Makes you wonder if there is a vicious cycle that occurs when some of these teens in the North Shore get a slap on the wrist from either mom/pops or the police for whatever reasons. Then possibly they (or their friends because they know they can get away w/ it because so & so did or just have a few calls made/strings pulled on their behalf ) go out and do yet another stupid/illegal thing that endangers not only theirs but others lives yet this time they or someone else may not be so lucky and just a few lives are altered forever as happens every few years in the North Shore.
Sarah Worthman January 26, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I'd like to apologize for that - it was a typo. There were only two teens involved, one from Whitefish Bay and one from Glendale.
Sarah Worthman January 26, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Thanks for the comment, Absolutely fabulous. I'm not sure, the only information I had in the report I included in the story above - that because he was cooperative, officers only charged him for driving without a license. I guess that's something you'd have to contact Fox Point PD about for more information unfortunately, I don't have that answer.
Absolutelyfabulous January 26, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Sarah- Maybe I wrote something that was misinterpreted, but I took the articles to mean that there were only 2 involved as well. Any reason why the WFB teen got or seemingly got off so easy? They both were on hunt for places/garages to rob; they fled the scene of the "crime", they eluded police as they were being chased and it was a lengthy one from what the article states. Why not a barrage of charges and especially for the WFB teen since he was behind the wheel? I'm not on a witchhunt, but something doesn't add up or is not being reported. Was there a deal cut on the WFB teens end? So he fessed up, he still drove the vehicle and was an accessory to a break in/criminal tresspass. Maybe if he wrapped his jeep around a tree/ran someone over while eluding officers then the mourning could have started and an "emergency" meeting by North Shore parents could once again commence to deal w/ the "drug" problem (ie marijuana grinder in the car, though maybe he was borrowing it from 1 of his parents) as well as now eluding police which seems to be the flavor of the day for some people. I was at the Schlitz Audubon awhile back on the trail down to the beach and I came across a memorial ~1/3 of the way down. I couldn't figure it out at the time and then later on it hit me..~1995 another North Shore teen decided to "elude" the police while intoxicated and slammed into a tree. It's not a matter of if it will happen again, just when and what the end result will ultimately be


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