Teens get angry after having to leave Bayshore

Jan. 19, 2011

Glendale — Police are calling the commotion caused by a group of teenagers outside of Bayshore Town Center a one-time occurrence, but it generated multiple 911 calls from concerned onlookers and nearby businesses.

According to the police report:

A number of businesses called 911 after a "large group" of juveniles, about 12 boys and three or four girls, entered stores and threatened patrons and employees at BP Gas, Taco Bell, Subway, Walgreens and McDonald's in the 5200 to 5600 blocks of North Port Washington Road about 6 p.m. Jan. 9.

Bayshore Town Center security had contact with the group about 3 p.m. telling them they had to leave because of the mall's curfew on underage shoppers. At 5:49 p.m., police dispatch began fielding numerous calls from businesses and citizens along Port Washington Road south of Silver Spring Drive about a large group of juveniles yelling, making obscene gestures, jumping on parked cars and entering stores.

At Subway, an employee who was threatened by a boy with a large stick said some boys grabbed bags of chips and fled. The employee also told police an elderly man approached him after the group had left and told the employee the boy with the stick threatened to beat and stab him if he got out of his vehicle.

Police Capt. Mark Ferguson said there have not been any similar problems since the incidents.

"Basically, you had a bunch of kids running up and down the street and being unsocial," he said. "From our view, it was a one-time incident."

Two Milwaukee boys, 14 and 16, who had a few of the bags of chips, were arrested for being party to a crime and the younger for resisting arrest. The boys denied stealing the chips, one saying he was "just holding them" for the person who took them.

There was also a report that the group battered a citizen with ice balls, but no victim has come forward, Ferguson said.

- Maureen Mertens

and Mary Buckley

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