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Store Manager Smells Trouble; Parolee Ends Up in the Pits

Police say a Milwaukee man caught stealing sticks of deodorant from a Tosa drug store told them he did so because he needed to repay someone.

You can’t help but wonder what this guy borrowed, and why, that this was deemed the best way to pay it back.

Derrick Ramon Robinson, 37, of Milwaukee was charged Wednesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with one count of retail theft after police said they caught him stealing sticks of deodorant from a Wauwatosa Walgreen's store. If convicted, he faces up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Tuesday, the manager of the Walgreen's saw Robinson in the store sticking multiple sticks of deodorant down his pants, so he called the police. Robinson then purchased one travel-sized tube of toothpaste and left the store.

Officers arrived and found Robinson outside the store with the deodorant bulging in his pants. He admitted to stealing the items, saying he took them because he needed to pay someone back – presumably meaning in cash, not in deodorant, although the criminal complaint did not say.

Robinson is currently being held in Milwaukee County Jail.

The complaint also did not say why Robinson was dealt with so harshly. Typically, shoplifting a few sundries from a drug store would rate a municipal citation, not a trip to jail.

A check of the Wisconsin circuit court records provides the answer. Robinson was still on parole after being sentenced to prison 2½ years in prison followed by 2½ years extended supervision in 2008 for burglary. In the meantime, in 2010, he had already reoffended once when he was convicted of theft and criminal damage to property.

Robinson had also been convicted of theft and battery in 2005, was given work release, and then convicted of escape in 2006 after abusing the privilege.

In 2001, he was convicted of possession of cocaine, and going back to 1998, he had another burglary conviction for which he was sentenced to 2½ years in prison and three years extended supervision.

pupdog1 December 13, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Please tell us they impounded the bulging deodorant as evidence, and didn't give it back to the store.
Jim Price December 13, 2012 at 03:43 AM
We're a full-service Patch. I'll check the police report and get back to you on that.

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