Robbery crew with gang ties busted after spree in three counties
According to police, these suspects are believed to be responsible for more than a dozen armed robberies in Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, and Racine County, with most taking place in District Two on Milwaukee's South Side.
Officials from Milwaukee Police, Racine Police, Greenfield Police, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office, the FBI, and Wisconsin HIDTA took part in the operation.
The suspects started their crime spree in late fall of 2014 with their crimes stretching into January of 2015 (see partial list below).
The suspects used different members and vehicles to conceal their patterns and spread their crime spree throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. This robbery crew is connected to a group of Spanish Cobra gang members imprisoned in 2013.
During the execution of today's search warrants, evidence related to the robberies and firearms were recovered.
Of the eleven suspects taken into custody, five are males and six are females, ranging in age from late teens to early twenties. Ten of the suspects were arrested in the City of Milwaukee and one was arrested in Waukesha County.
All of the suspects are being held on state charges. MPD is working with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office and federal indictments may be sought.
MILWAUKEE ROBBERIES SUSPECTS ARE BELIEVED TO BE CONNECTED TO:
*December 3, 2014 at Taqueria El Cabrito at 1100 S. 11th Street
*December 13, 2014 at Advance Auto Parts at 1331 W. Burnham Street
*December 18, 2014 at Advance Auto Parts at 1920 W. National Avenue
*December 22, 2014 at Family Dollar 3045 S. 13th Street
*December 23, 2014 at Brew City tap at 3105 W. Forest Home Avenue
*December 25, 2014 at One Stop Outlet at 809 S. Cesar Chavez Drive
*December 26, 2014 at El Local Restaurant at 1801 S. 11th Street
*January 9, 2015 at Mimas Food Mart at 2420 S. 6th Street
*January 10, 2015 at Taqueria Arandas Restaurant at 1531 W. Lincoln Avenue
*January 20, 2015 at Fiesta Garibaldi at 821 W. Lincoln Avenue
*January 23, 2015 at Puerto Escondido Restaurant at 1116 W. Historic Mitchell Street
According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's office these suspects are connected to the Sky Zone robbery in Pewaukee back in December of 2014.
The Department's Detective Bureau worked closely with District Attorney Sue Opper to obtain several search warrants that proved critical in their local investigation.
Evidence located from the warrants will allow for potential prosecution of many more robberies in Milwaukee and Racine Counties.