Police: Off-duty officer helps solve burglary investigation in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police say an off-duty officer helped solve a burglary investigation after she noticed the suspect in a nearby neighborhood.

District Four officers responded to the neighborhood near the Milwaukee River Parkway just before 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18th for a report of a burglary. The caller told officers he arrived at his relative’s home and saw a suspect inside the home. As the caller approached the home, the suspect, wearing a blue shirt, blue shorts, and orange shoes, fled from the scene on foot. Officers noticed that a cell phone was missing from the home and other items were moved around.

An off-duty officer spotted the described suspect near Green Bay and Hampton -- and then alerted other officers.

The suspect, still in his shorts and shoes, was taken into custody a short time later and had the stolen cell phone on him.

Officials say the suspect, a 26-year-old Milwaukee man, is a convicted felon and has a criminal history dating back to 2006. Milwaukee police will present this case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days.