Andre Skeets charged with retail theft, bail jumping after incident at Southridge Mall

Andre Skeets

MILWAUKEE -- Andre Skeets of Milwaukee is accused of attempting to steal from the Kohl's store at Southridge Mall. Skeets, 24, faces the following charges:

    According to the criminal complaint, Skeets was a passenger in a car that stopped at the Kohl's at Southridge Mall on Friday, May 25. The complaint indicates Skeets entered the store, obtained a roller cart, and the selected numerous items of merchandise. He apparently "used a green pair of pants to completely cover and conceal the merchandise in the roller cart." Officials say the total amount of merchandise including the pants was $947.

    The complaint indicates Skeets rolled the cart near the exit of the store -- and then walked away from it and left the store. When he entered the awaiting vehicle outside, police detained him. That is because Skeets was a "known suspect in three other retail thefts at three different Kohl's from May 23." The car Skeets was a passenger in was also listed as being stolen.

    When detectives spoke with Skeets, he stated "he was going to Kohl's to get some things for his girlfriend." He told police " he forgot his wallet and then walked out of the store." But a review of surveillance video does not show Skeets looking for his wallet. When questioned about the stolen car, Skeets told police "he rain into 'Tree' and asked him to borrow a car. 'Tree' said that he could have the vehicle for $20," the complaint says. Skeets also claimed the person seen in surveillance photos of the alleged crime were "not him."

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    When Skeets and the driver of the car were detained, Greendale police officers did a search of the vehicle. The complaint indicates they found a purse in the front passenger compartment and "a puff of white dust-type material went up in the air." The officers inhaled that substance and "started to feel the effects of what was thought to be fentanyl." Both officers were administered Narcan -- and taken to a hospital.

    Skeets was scheduled to make his initial appearance in court on Wednesday, May 30.