Underage port residenet was trying to buy brew when struggle with clerk ensued
A Port Washington man charged in January with attempted robbery for trying to wrestle a case of beer from a convenience store clerk has pleaded guilty to less serious crimes.
William G. Breen, 20, was sentenced by Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams last month to four months in jail after pleading guilty to attempted retail theft, a misdemeanor.
Breen also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of retail theft and disorderly conduct. Williams sentenced him to six months in the county jail for those crimes, but stayed the sentence, which means he will not have to serve the time if he completes three years of probation.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court, an employee of Mad Max South, 1100 S. Spring St., Port Washington, told police that shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, Breen, who was 19 at the time, came into the store and tried to buy a bottle of liquor.
The clerk said she refused to sell the liquor to Breen because state law prohibits alcohol sales after 9 p.m.
Breen hung around the store for about 30 minutes, she said, then asked if he could buy a case of beer. The clerk said she agreed and took his money, but after looking at his driver’s licence and realizing he was younger than 21, took the beer away from him and placed it behind some displays.
The clerk said she was in the process of refunding Breen’s money when he grabbed the case of beer. She also grabbed the case and a struggle ensued, causing a display case filled with mini liquor bottles to be knocked over.
Breen then let go of the case, grabbed several mini liquor bottles and ran from the store, according to the complaint.
When questioned by police, Breen admitted to trying to take the case of beer and stealing two mini bottles of Captain Morgan rum, the complaint states.
Breen became angry while being taken to jail and said he wanted to punch and kick the clerk, according to the complaint.
As conditions of his probation, Williams ordered Breen to maintain absolute sobriety, have no contact with the convenience store or the clerk he struggled with and undergo a psychological exam. He must also earn a high school equivalency diploma and/or maintain full-time employment.