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‘Paper Team’ crew: 4 charged, $70K worth of merchandise stolen from stores 20+ times in 2 months

WAUWATOSA -- Wauwatosa police have released surveillance video showing retail theft suspects running from the Saks Fifth Avenue store at the Mayfair Collection with their arms loaded with merchandise. This, as charges were filed Monday, Jan. 22 against four suspects. Three of the four remain at large, according to Glendale police. This crew is accused of hitting up stores (many of them at Bayshore Town Center and the Mayfair Collection in Glendale and Wauwatosa) on 20+ occasions.

Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in this investigation.

The charges break down as follows:

Charles Porter, 24:

  • Retail theft -- intentionally taking greater than $500 to $5,000, as party to a crime -- two counts
  • Robbery with threat of force, as party to a crime
  • Robbery with use of force, as party to a crime
  • Felony bail jumping

Tyron Richardson, 17:

  • Retail theft -- intentionally taking greater than $500 to $5,000, as party to a crime -- two counts
  • Robbery with threat of force, as party to a crime
  • Robbery with use of force, as party to a crime -- two counts

Kendall Strickland, 24

  • Retail theft -- intentionally taking greater than $500 to $5,000, as party to a crime -- two counts
  • Robbery with threat of force, as party to a crime
  • Robbery with use of force, as party to a crime -- two counts

Devonte Thomas, 17

  • Retail theft -- intentionally taking greater than $500 to $5,000, as party to a crime
  • Robbery with use of force, as party to a crime
  • Retail theft -- intentionally taking greater than $5,000 to $10,000, as party to a crime
  • Retail theft -- intentionally taking greater than $500 to $5,000, as party to a crime -- two counts

Charles Porter, Tyron Richardson, Kendall Strickland, Devonte Thomas

Paper team crew

Richardson is the only one of these four suspects who is currently in custody, according to Glendale police. He was arrested on Jan. 10 following a chase and crash into a home. There were three other juveniles/young adults in the vehicle. The complaint says Richardson drove 65 miles-per-hour on city streets, disregarding 22 stop signs and four red lights before crashing on W. Olive -- where the vehicle struck a home. Richardson was arrested along with the other occupants. The vehicle had been stolen from a Hertz rental store earlier that day. A search of the vehicle revealed a handgun with laser site loaded with 11 rounds in the attached magazine which matched a firearm pictured on Richardson's Facebook page.  He remains in custody on bail in that case.

The criminal complaint notes that Thomas was arrested on Jan. 10 after a pursuit of a stolen vehicle with Ohio plates that began near 26th and North. After a crash, Thomas fled on foot and was captured in a nearby yard. The complaint says he had a bag containing two grams of marijuana in his pocket. The complaint says when he was taken into custody another vehicle arrived on scene and shots were fired. The vehicle that crashed in this case was the stolen Hertz rental. The complaint notes Thomas posted bail in the case in which he's charged with fleeing/eluding and is at large.

Prosecutors say they're members of the so-called "Paper Team" crew. They've been identified as suspects in multiple "grab and run" style retail thefts, robberies, operation of stolen vehicles during other crimes, fleeing and eluding police, drug dealing and armed robberies since fall of 2017.

They're known to posses firearms, and several members are felons. Of those charged, Thomas is the only one who is not a felon, prosecutors said. Porter was previously convicted of felon in possession of a firearm. Strickland was previously convicted of operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent. Richardson was previously adjudicated delinquent for battery by a prisoner and operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent.

According to the 33-page criminal complaint, they've published videos and photos on social media proclaiming their membership in this crew and their involvement in crimes across the Milwaukee area.

They also wear or display items taking during crimes, and sell stolen items for profit benefiting the group. They're also accused of illegally brandishing handguns and other firearms and flaunting large amounts of cash -- and they utilize stolen vehicles to elude law enforcement.

The criminal complaint offers a lengthy list of further charges these four defendants could face in the future, in addition to the charges they're already facing.

At the Sak's Off Fifth Avenue at the Mayfair Collection on Dec. 3, prosecutors say they started using their belts to fight off store employees who were trying to stop them in the parking lot -- where a fight broke out (see below surveillance video).

The four individuals charged above are accused in connection with these incidents:

  • Nov. 5, 2017: Sak's Off Fifth Avenue at Mayfair Collection: Porter and Strickland charged -- $600 estimated loss to the store
  •  Nov. 12, 2017: Verizon at Bayshore Town Center: Porter and Strickland charged -- $5,324 loss to the store
  • Nov. 22, 2017: Sak's Off Fifth Avenue: Mayfair Collection: Porter and Richardson charged -- $2,175 loss to the store
  • Nov. 29, 2017: Kohl's at Bayshore Town Center: Porter and Richardson charged -- $1,274 in loss to the store
  • Nov. 30, 2017: TJ Maxx at Mayfair Collection: Porter and Strickland charged -- $2,129 in loss to the store
  • Dec. 3, 2017: Kohl's at Bayshore Town Center: Porter and Strickland and Robinson charged -- $1,000 in loss to the store
  • Dec. 3, 2017: Macy's at Mayfair Collection: Porter, Strickland, Richardson charged -- $3,332 in loss to the store
  • Dec. 3, 2017: Sak's Off Fifth Avenue at Mayfair Collection: Porter, Strickland, Richardson charged -- $3,000+ in loss to the store
  • Dec. 3, 2017: W. Burleigh and Menomonee River Parkway: Porter accused of fleeing, eluding officer
  • Dec. 12, 2017: US Cellular at Bayshore Town Center: Strickland, Richardson, Thomas charged -- $1,797 in loss to the store
  • Dec. 13, 2017: Verizon at Bayshore Town Center: Porter, Strickland charged -- $2,217 in loss to the store
  • Dec. 17, 2017: T-Mobile on Marquette University campus: Strickland, Thomas charged -- $2,716 in loss to the store
  • Dec. 18, 2017: AT&T near 76th and Edgerton in Greenfield: Porter charged -- $2,000 in loss to the store
  • Dec. 19, 2017: T-Mobile on S. 108th in West Allis: Richardson, Thomas charged -- $3,663 in loss to the store
  • Dec. 20, 2017: US Cellular on S. Packard in Cudahy: Strickland, Richardson, Thomas charged -- $1,500 in loss to the store
  • Dec. 21, 2017: AT&T near Bender and Port Washington in Glendale: All four believed to have been involved, Thomas' face visible -- $8,700 in loss to the store
  • Dec. 21, 2017: Sprint near 55th and Brown Deer: Strickland, Richardson, Thomas charged -- $3,000 in loss to the store
  • Dec. 31, 2017: Verizon on S. 27th in Franklin: Porter, Strickland charged -- $1,942 in loss to the store
  • Jan. 2, 2018: Spring on W. Layton in Greenfield: Porter, Strickland, Thomas charged -- $5,100 in loss to the store
  • Jan. 2, 2018: US Cellular on S. Howell in Oak Creek: Strickland, Thomas charged -- $5,149 in loss to the store
  • Jan. 17, 2018: T-Mobile on W. Silver Spring in Glendale: Strickland, Porter charged -- $4,929 in loss to the store
  • Jan. 17, 2018: Sprint on S. 27th in Franklin: Strickland charged -- $999 in loss to the store
  • Jan. 18, 2018: Spring on S. 10th in West Allis: TBD which defendants were involved -- $7,700 in loss to the store
  • Jan. 19, 2018: Best Buy on N. Port Washington in Fox Point: TBD which defendants were involved -- $5,300 in loss to the store

 

Prosecutors say the estimated total loss to these stores, and the total amount of restitution owed by these defendants is $70,253.