Waukesha residents who have noticed items missing from their vehicles in the 100 block of W. Main Street may want to contact the police.
Three men have been charged with allegedly “car shopping” at several underground parking garages in the 100 block of W. Main Street in June of 2012, stealing more than $6,000 worth of items from approximately 25 different cars.
Hartland resident Jaimie L Hernandez, 17, was charged on Feb. 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two felony counts of burglary of a building or dwelling and one felony count of theft, between $5,000 and $10,000. Waukesha residents Jamal D. Johnson and Zachary A. Nehring, both 18, were charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with the same felonies.
Approximately 50 items suspected to have been stolen from vehicles in the area have still not been claimed by residents and are being held by the Waukesha Police Department.
According to the criminal complaint:
Fourteen individuals filed complaints in June 2012 with the City of Waukesha Police Department stating that they had property removed from their vehicles. The vehicles were parked in two underground parking garages utilized by tenants at apartments at 150 W. Main Street and 100/110 Corrina Boulevard.
Police made contact with two unidentified 16-year-olds and Johnson around 5 p.m. on June 28 in the underground parking garage at 100 Corrina Boulevard.
The teenagers were loitering in the stairwell of the garage and the arresting officer said he believed they were smoking marijuana at the location.
One of the 16-year-olds told police he was staying overnight with his brother, Hernandez, and his cousin at one of the 100 Corrina Boulevard apartments.
Police spoke with the tenant at the apartment, Vanessa Sanchez, who said that her cousin, Hernandez and several friends had stayed with her on June 27 and June 28.
Police said they immediately observed several items in the apartment that they believed to be stolen, based on theft reports from residents.
Sanchez said she found the items in her apartment when she woke up the morning of June 28 and did not know where they came from.
Police recovered the stolen items and all but two of the original complainants recovered their property.
Sanchez’s cousin allegedly told police that on June 27 his brother Hernandez, his sister and he were dropped off near the apartments to stay at Sanchez’s apartment. Later that night, they went to the parking garage for 100 Corrina Boulevard and stole several items from cars, including iPods, GPS units and radios. He allegedly said they broke into approximately 25 cars.
Hernandez told police him, Johnson, Nehring and his younger brother went “car shopping,” checking for unlocked cars and taking items out. They allegedly agreed to split the items equally among the group and used Sanchez’s apartment to store the items.
He allegedly told police he realized it was a stupid thing to do and was sorry for it.
If convicted of all charges, the men could each face more than 30 years in prison, $50,000 in fines, or both.
Their next expected court date is Feb. 25.