The auto theft gang targeting the Southside has become a structured operation in one year.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
October 16, 2015
Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, Milwaukee Police Lieutenant Craig Henry from the Milwaukee Second Police District Station confirmed during a Crime Analysis meeting at the Walker’s Point neighborhood that most of the stolen vehicles in the near Southside of Milwaukee have been committed by the Cut Throat (CT) auto theft gang. The CT gang began to steal vehicles about a year ago and today the gang has become structured involving juveniles and adults.
Lt. Henry issued a community alert of possible auto theft suspects, one of those suspects is Nelson A. Lopez who has been connected to 25 auto thefts in the Southside of Milwaukee. Other alleged suspects in the community alert include Victor S. Perez, Dahsanti Giovanni Bennett and Daniel A. Vela. Lt. Henry warned and alerted community members at the meeting about these suspects and want people to call police, if they are spotted in the neighborhood, so police could question them about their activity in the neighborhood
The TC members in the Southside are being monitored by police. Lt. Henry says, that at least 21 TC members reside in the Southside of Milwaukee and West Allis alone. Today, the membership by the gang has increased to more than 50 members including adults and many reside in Milwaukee. TC recruits teens through Facebook and has attracted membership by promoting a new trend to steal autos. Most of the stolen vehicles are Honda Civics and Accords between model years 2001 to 2008 for its faulty ignition key system. The vehicles are stolen between 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., according to police.
Lt. Henry says, that the Walker’s Point neighborhood has had no armed robberies or strong arm robberies, no shootings, had two aggravated assaults, 1 residential and 1 business burglary reported from September 1 thru September 30. The 2nd Milwaukee Police District Station crime stats for the entire area that it patrols during the same month reported 6 shootings, 57 robberies, 50 aggravated assaults, 54 burglaries and 125 vehicles were stolen last month.
Alderman José G. Pérez announced at the meeting that the Milwaukee Common Council is working to add at least 100 new police officers in the City of Milwaukee. Ald. Pérez says, that on October 22 at 3:00 p.m., Cermak Grocery owners will have a ground breaking event at S. 1st Street and W. Greenfield Ave. A new Cermak Grocery store will be included among two other businesses in the Fresh Water Plaza development.
Recently Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barret who is running for reelection reported that a $1.8M grant award from the U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS Hiring Program will allow 7 police officer’s to be hired by the Milwaukee Police Department.
Paul Grippe, who volunteers for the 2nd Police District Station neighborhood watch program announced during the Crime Analysis meeting that future meetings conducted in Spanish will be held monthly at the St. Adalbert’s Church, 1800 W. Becher St. in 2016 and the English version meetings will be held at the new library that will open at the 900 block of W. Historic Mitchell Street located in the Hills Building. Recently, the Crime Analysis meetings for the 2nd Police District Station had been held around the district.
Lt. Henry also welcomed back Police Officer Jesús Gloria, as the Liason Community Officer to the 2nd Police District Station who will be working directly with Henry concerning community and police issues. Officer Gloria used to manage the neighborhood watch program for years and was a popular Liason Community Officer, but was transferred out of the 2nd Police District.
The Spanish version of the same English language Crime Analysis meeting presentation will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church basement, 1923 W. Becher St. at 6:00 p.m.
An unidentified man was found fatally shot at the 900 block of W. Harrison Ave. and S. 9th Place St. around 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Milwaukee police investigating.
92 women were taken into custody for prostitution and 69 men were arrested in 2014 for soliciting sex in the Southside of Milwaukee Police 2 District area, according to the Milwaukee Police Department. (Click on images to enlarge)
Family members and acquaintances on Facebook are disputing the Milwaukee Police Department’s community alert of possible auto theft suspects that named a family member or friend. The Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) “Cut Throat Auto Theft Gang” article has gone viral.