Two charged with felony theft after I-43 chase

Man, woman who fled police accused of stealing clothes from Grafton sporting goods store
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

A Milwaukee man who along with a woman is accused of stealing $1,700 worth of clothing from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Grafton before leading authorities on a chase in Milwaukee County Sunday appeared in an Ozaukee County courtroom this week.

Judge Sandy Williams set bail for Darrell L. Brown, 38, at $15,000.

Brown and Letosha L. Walton, 36, of Milwaukee, were charged in Ozaukee County Tuesday with felony retail theft.

Walton was hospitalized after a crash during the chase and did not appear in court with Brown.

According to the criminal complaint, a Grafton police officer was called to Dick’s Sporting Goods at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, where a store manger told him that two people later identified as Brown and Walton ran out of the store without paying for merchandise.         

A store cashier saw the two people get into a silver Chevy Malibu and recorded the license plate number.

A short time later, the Malibu was spotted by a Bayside police officer heading south on I-43. Glendale police officers attempted to use spike strips on I-43 to disable the car, but it drove around them, hitting another vehicle and causing it to roll over in the process, the complaint states.

The car continued south and was eventually disabled by a police officer. In the back seat of the car, authorities found clothing from Dick’s Sporting Goods worth $1,702.

Interviewed at a hospital, Brown told a Grafton police officer that after he and Walton had selected a number of items at Dick’s Sporting Goods and approached the checkout area, Walton told him she did not have money to pay for the clothing.

That is  when Walton ran out of the store, Brown said, and he followed her because he was scared, according to the complaint.

Brown said he intended to return to Dick’s to pay for the merchandise.

Felony retail theft is punishable by a maximum 1-1/2 years in prison and two years of extended supervision.

However Brown, who was convicted in 2016 of fleeing an officer in Milwaukee County, is charged as a repeat offender and would face additional prison time if convicted.

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