Wauwatosa Home Depot theft; suspects flee and crash, child injured

A retail theft led to a police chase and crash and child being injured in Wauwatosa on Tuesday evening, June 18.

According to the Wauwatosa Police Department, at 6:12 p.m., officers responded a retail theft from the Home Depot near 124th and Capitol.

The theft suspect got into the passenger side of a red van that was last seen heading east on Capitol.

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Officers found the vehicle eastbound on Capitol approaching Grantosa Ave.

Scene near Grantosa and Capitol

When the driver saw police, he tried to turn north onto Grantosa in front of another vehicle that was traveling west on Capitol, causing a crash.

Both the driver and theft suspect then fled on foot. After a foot pursuit, the theft suspect was taken into custody. The driver was not found.

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The people in the other vehicle included a mother and her 6-year-old child. The 6-year-old girl sustained injuries from the crash and was taken to the hospital for medical attention. 

Officers searching the vehicle

No other people complained of injury.

Wauwatosa police note that there was no police pursuit, as the suspect vehicle crashed prior to officers attempting to make a traffic stop.

On Wednesday, June 19, FOX6 News reached out to the Wauwatosa Police Department on the current status of the driver, as well as the 6-year-old girl.