***Update- The Milwaukee County DA’s Office has now charged the subject with Receiving Stolen Property. The River Hills Police Dept appreciates all the support we have received regarding this matter.***
During the afternoon of July 22nd, a resident's home was burglarized. During the burglary numerous items were stolen and a vehicle was stolen out of the garage.
Early the next morning, roughly 14 hours later, we were able to find the vehicle in Milwaukee. The vehicle was parked and in the driver's seat there was a subject sleeping. In his pocket were the vehicle's keys and a card belonging to the homeowner. Throughout the car were numerous items taken from the home. And also in the vehicle were documents that were stolen in a previous burglary in Racine County.
The case was presented to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, and they refused to go forward with any charges. No charges of Burglary, Theft of Movable Property, Operating a Vehicle W/O Owner's Consent, or even Possession of Stolen Property. A subject was in the stolen vehicle, surrounded by stolen items, with stolen property in his pocket and not even a Possession of Stolen Property charge.
A recent study from Wisconsin Policy Forum showed that only 39.7% of cases referred to the Milwaukee County DA's Office in 2022 were actually charged.