South Milwaukee resident allegedly tried to enter Port home before stealing truck, pulling fire alarm at business
Bill Moran and his wife Pat were watching football on their television about 1:10 p.m. Sunday when they heard what sounded like someone trying to get in their front door of their Wisconsin Street condominium.
“I suspect he was trying to unlock the door,” Moran said. “It was like he was shaking the door, trying to get the key to work.”
When his wife opened the door, she saw a man standing about five feet away, holding a string of 50 to 60 keys in one hand and a beer can in the other, he said.
“She said, ‘What are you doing?’ and he said, ‘Just checking to see if everything’s OK, sweetheart,’” Moran recalled.
His wife stepped outside and repeated her question, he said, and the man also repeated his answer. Then, his wife started yelling a description of the man and his truck, including a license plate number.
He wrote down the information and ran to the door to see the man drive his pickup truck onto the lawn, revving the engine and spinning the wheels in the dirt until he drove out of the yard and down the street.
The couple called police, the first of several calls police received about the 40-year-old South Milwaukee man Sunday.
The man apparently drove to the Harbor Club, where he abandoned his vehicle and allegedly stole another pickup truck, which he drove to a home in the 500 block of West Walters Street, according to the police report.
There, police said, he parked in the driveway, and when the homeowner came out to confront him, he repeatedly asked whether her children were safe and if she had a clean house.
Unsure of his intentions and worried about his comments about her children, the homeowner called police and the man drove away.
About 5 p.m. Sunday, police received a call from the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department after the stolen truck was recovered in Plymouth. The man had apparently run out of gas and left the truck alongside the road.
He then walked to a nearby cheese factory, where he was confronted by a maintenance person, police said. The man said he was there to put out a fire and pulled the fire alarm, police said.
The man, who was arrested by Plymouth police, gave a false name to officers and said his truck had broken down, according to Port police.
When Port police interviewed the man, who officers said appeared confused, he said he did not recall stopping at the Morans’ house. He did, however, remembered asking someone if her children were safe, officers said.
The man told officers he did not know how he ended up in Plymouth, and did not recall being there, according to the report.
The man, whose driver’s license has been revoked, was cited by Port police for criminal property damage.
Police have also asked the district attorney’s office to charge the man with disorderly conduct, operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and operating a vehicle after revocation.