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Falls police arrest two men suspected in multiple gas thefts

April 1, 2013

Police have arrested two men in connection with a rash of gas drive-offs that occurred in Menomonee Falls between March 19 and March 24.

About $500 worth of gas was stolen during the thefts, with all but one incident occurring at Speedway, N87 W17245 Main St.

According to the police:

The first theft took place at Speedway on March 19, when the driver of a 1990s black Toyota Tercel with no license plates left without paying for $54 of gas. The suspect was described as a 6-foot-tall male in his late teens or early 20s wearing a green hooded shirt.

The second incident at Speedway occurred at 11:10 a.m. March 20, when the driver of a black Honda Accord with temporary license plates left without paying for $55 of gas. The suspect was described as a male in his late teens or 20s and weighing about 160 pounds.

Two gas drive-offs occurred at Speedway on March 21. The first incident occurred at 10:25 a.m. when an unknown male driving a blue Chevy Lumina left without paying for $48 of gas. The second incident took place at 6:05 p.m., when the driver of a silver, four-door Mercedes with tinted windows and temporary license plates left without paying for $34 of gas. The suspect in the last incident was also described as a 6-foot-tall male in his late teens or early 20s weighing between 150 and 160 pounds.

On March 22, an employee at Speedway called police after two gas drive-offs occurred simultaneously at about 3:10 p.m. According to the report, the driver of a silver, four-door Mercedes with tinted windows and temporary plates pumped $51 of gas at the same time the driver of a green Honda Civic pumped $39 of gas before both vehicles left without paying. The drivers were described as younger males, and the vehicles left the business at the same time, traveling east on Main Street.

Another gas drive-off occurred at 10:50 p.m. March 22, when a police officer on his way to do a follow-up investigation on the recent gas thefts received a call that another gas drive-off just occurred. In this incident, a younger male driving a blue Ford Focus or Fusion with out-of-state license plates pumped $51 of gas and left without paying.

At 2:10 p.m. March 23, police received a report that a car matching the description of one of the vehicles involved in the recent gas thefts had just left the Mobil Gas Station, N85 W16198 Appleton Ave., and was last seen traveling eastbound on Main Street from Pilgrim Road. An officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle, but it sped away. He continued to chase the car with emergency lights and siren activated until the pursuit was terminated at Highway 145 and 107th Street.

At 9:05 p.m. that evening, an employee at BP, N86 W16317 Appleton Ave., stated two young males in a royal blue, four-door Chevy Malibu left without paying for $45 of gas.

At 12:30 p.m. March 24, an employee at Speedway reported two men in a white Nissan Maxima with no license plates left the business without paying for an undisclosed amount of gas and were last seen driving southbound on Shady Lane.

An officer located the suspect vehicle traveling eastbound on Main Street and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, a 21-year-old man, and the passenger, a 20-year-old man, both of Milwaukee, were arrested for retail theft. The police investigation into the men's involvement with the other gas thefts is ongoing.

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