Suspect breaks through roof of Milwaukee liquor store and steals thousands of dollars in cash

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — A Milwaukee family business was robbed last week, a liquor store run by a couple on the northwest side of town. Police are hoping you can identify the suspect, who did a lot of damage overnight.

Surveillance video shows the suspect heading towards a building at 29 and Lisbon. Less than a minute later, he scales the roof just before knocking the camera over.

Milwaukee police said he spent two hours fighting his way through the roof of the Lisbon Liquor & Food Mart on the night of March 28.

“Around 8 a.m. the business owner walked in and found his business had been burglarized,” said Detective Shawn Halverson of the Milwaukee Police Department.

Another photo shows the suspect ransacking the interior and taking his time.

“I guess what was particularly troubling about this case was the amount of time and effort the suspect took to get into the business and then activated an alarm…stayed inside for another 45 minutes,” Detective Halverson said.

During those 45 minutes, the suspect stole two very specific items.

“The suspect got $1,000 worth of Newport cigarettes and cash,” Detective Halverson said.

Over $10,000 in cash was stolen.

“The business doesn’t usually keep that much money in and won’t from now on,” Detective Halverson said.

The burglar tried to take even more.

“He tried to take alcohol but couldn’t crawl out the roof opening and had to leave it behind,” Detective Halverson said.

Detectives have suspects in mind, but are hoping someone recognizes him, exposes him, and brings justice to the owners of the store.

‘It was a young couple who started the business, they are trying to start a family and it has put a strain on their lives losing a significant amount of money,’ Detective Halverson said.

If you know anything about the March 29 and Lisbon burglary that occurred on March 28, you are encouraged to call Milwaukee Crime Stoppers at 414-224-TIPS (8477). Your call is always anonymous. If your tip leads to an arrest, you get a cash reward in a secret location.

Mark M. Gagnon