Three men face first looting charges in Milwaukee for breaking into liquor store

Prosecutors have charged three men in the looting of a liquor store during the unrest that followed the police shooting of a black man in Milwaukee.

The first men to be arrested in connection with the Sherman Park lootings were snagged early last Sunday as police arrived after a call of an unauthorized entry at Clark Beer and Liquor at 2am.

Cops ordered everyone inside to come out but when there was no response, a canine entered to search, reported WDJT.

Three men inside were charged: Durrell Jones, 45, of West Allis, was charged Friday with burglary, while Joseph Lindsey, 22, and Devon Love, 20, both of Milwaukee, were charged with unlawful entry into a locked building.

Arrested: Durrell Jones, Joseph Lindsey, and Devon Love - inside Clark Beer and Liquor at 4728 W Burleigh St

The mob smashed a door inside of the store but Spencer said they couldn't get behind the counter to the register

The three suspects were arrested for unlawfully entering Clark Beer and Liquor in Milwaukee

April Dovorany, reporter for CBS 58, showed how liquor shelves had been bared during the looting - three suspects were arrested

The criminal complaint filed Friday says the defendants told police the windows were already shattered and other people were looting the store when they went inside.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Jones told police he had gone inside the liquor store to get beer, Love admitted being inside but said he had no intent to steal anything, and that Lindsey said he went inside but didn’t take anything.

Online court records don’t list attorneys for any of the three men.

Each face up to nine months in jail and up to $10,000 in fines if convicted, reports WISN.

Because Jones’ charge is a felony, punishable by more than 12 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.

The store’s owner, Paul Spencer, doesn’t blame the protesters, but says surveillance video shows the group who looted his store were just opportunists from outside the area.

Riots in Milwaukee following a shooting resulted in destruction of neighborhood businesses   Riots in Milwaukee following a shooting resulted in destruction of neighborhood businesses

Burning and looting in areas of Milwaukee after the shooting of Sylville Smith, whom police say pointed his gun at an officer

‘The minute you’ve got a little social unrest with some issue, then there’s people who don’t care about the issue. They don’t even pay attention to that. Now they can loot. They can steal,’ he told the outlet.

He says he won’t leave the area and put his employees out of work. ‘The residents that live here, yeah, they have their problems. They have their social issues. They don’t do it this way. They don’t burn the town down. They live here. They’re terrified of all this,’ he said.

WISN-TV reported that an arson charge was filed Friday against Dale Folley, 19, of Milwaukee, who allegedly set fire to a van in a convenience store parking lot during the unrest. Court records don’t list an attorney for him.

The unrest started after Sylville K. Smith, 23, was shot August 13 after what police said was a brief foot chase when he fled a traffic stop.

Police say body-camera video from the black officer who shot him shows that Smith was holding a handgun and had turned toward the officer.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner said Friday that Smith was shot once in the chest and once in the arm.

A few hours after Smith’s death, a protest on the city’s largely black north side erupted into violence.

The unrest left several businesses burned and assorted other with damage that federal officials said could amount to several million dollars.

Among the businesses destroyed was a BP gas station owned by Pakhar Singh, who has lived and worked in Milwaukee for 37 years.

He told the newspaper that bond is why he has no plans to leave Milwaukee, even after vandals looted and burned down his station, which was a couple blocks away from the shooting.

‘No way,’ Singh said Friday, when asked if he’s inclined to move. ‘We love Milwaukee. There’s nice people here. We never had problems.’

While he said he has insurance on the building, he also said it’s too early to say whether he will rebuild.

Source: The DailyMail

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