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Fashion faux pas: Young suspects accused of stealing $40K worth of clothing; returning to scene in stolen items

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MILWAUKEE -- Two suspects are in custody, accused of taking $40,000 worth of clothing from a store at the Shops of Grand Avenue in downtown Milwaukee -- and police didn't have to go far to find them.

 Shops of Grand Avenue

Shops of Grand Avenue

It was less than an hour before the J Bees store opened on Wednesday, September 23rd when the owners say thieves ransacked their store shelves.

Police responded to the store around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Surveillance video shows three teens peering into the store -- with two eventually breaking in.

For 15 minutes, the store's owners say the teens could be seen pillaging the store -- taking high-end, designer jeans, shirts and hats.

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In all, $40,000 worth of merchandise was taken.

Some near the mall on Wednesday were shocked to learn the value of the merchandise the teens were able to get away with.

"That's a lot of money worth of clothes!" one person said.

The store's owners say around noon, police arrived and began looking for fingerprints when a clerk noticed some familiar faces outside the store's entrance. Two of the suspects were outside a nearby store.

And that's not all. They were wearing clothing stolen from the store. The store's owners say the tags were still attached.

J Bees at Shops of Grand Avenue

J Bees at Shops of Grand Avenue

The two suspects taken into custody are just 14 and 16 years old, according to the store's owners.

"I don't know how to react to that to be honest with you. I don't know," one person said.

The store's owners tell FOX6 News they were told by police the young suspects were kicked out of school on Wednesday morning.

A third teen, seen wearing a stolen hat, was questioned and released.

The store's owners say most of the stolen clothing is still missing, but they're hopeful the teens will turn it over to police.

J Bees at Shops of Grand Avenue

J Bees at Shops of Grand Avenue

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  • dookus broomfart

    When people stop using race based comments then I’ll stop reporting until then every comment race is I will delete!

    • Opinion8d

      Nice of you to be the speech police – but take a look at the bottom of this page…on related stories….I see 6 pictures of black men suspected in crimes….you may not like the facts, but if race is mentioned, it may be warranted…..

  • Lorraine

    How in the world did these idiots get into the store Tuesday night after the mall was closed?! Did they hide somewhere after closing like In the garage?!! Where was the flashlight cops?!!! Security is normally 24 hours!!! Unless it was an inside job!!

    • Harry Wang

      There is a parking structure and large apartment complex attached to the mall, as well as a few other businesses. While key cards are needed to get into the area, it’s pretty easy to get into the mall area after hours. I used to date a girl who lived at the apartments attached to the mall and she would park in the parking structure and walk through the mall to get to her place. I’m more concerned about the penalty that the kids will get from this. I predict, from a lot of other sentences carried out in Milwaukee, that they’ll just get a slap on the wrist which will continue to promote this type of behavior.

      • Lorraine

        I agree Wang! The law needs to stricter and put fear in the teenagers! They want to do the crime they should do the time! I don’t mean give them probation or house arrest!!! Lock them up!


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