Two women were robbed in broad daylight Thursday afternoon in separate incidents on Birch and Lake View avenues.
The first robbery, which took place at about 5 p.m., occurred on Birch Avenue near Shoreland Avenue. A 29-year-old woman walking down the sidewalk said a young man wearing a yellow bandana over his mouth approached her and demanded the two shopping bags in her hands.
The suspect forcibly took one of the bags from her, and she surrendered the second bag. He then ran into the alley of the 5400 block of Shoreland Avenue, where a light blue mini-van was waiting for him. The vehicle headed south through the alley.
Nearly two hours later, at 6:45 p.m., police were called to the 300 block of East Lake View Avenue on report of another robbery with the same suspects involved.
This time, a 66-year-old woman had her purse forcibly taken from her by two young men wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandanas. The two suspects escaped in the getaway vehicle driven by a third young man.
The three suspects – Milwaukee men, ages 16, 17 and 18 – were taken into custody by Glendale Police Department at 37th and Silver Spring. The vehicle, a 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager, was stolen.
The three suspects have not yet been charged as of the time this article was published, but Whitefish Bay detectives are seeking two charges of robbery for the two older suspects. The Children’s Court Center is handling one juvenile case related to the robberies.