Family Dollar Robbed at Gunpoint

Man with a handgun makes off with undisclosed amount of cash.

The Waukesha Police Department is looking for a suspect after Family Dollar, 139 E. Broadway, was robbed at gunpoint, according to the Waukesha Police Department.

The store was robbed at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday by an unknown man with a handgun. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured in the incident, according to Police Sgt. Joe Hendricks.

Hendricks provided the following information about the robbery:

Officers searched the surrounding area with the assistance of a Waukesha County Sheriff K-9 unit but did not locate the suspect.  Anyone with information in regards to this incident should call 262-524-3831.

A description of the suspect is an unknown male, approximately 6 feet tall, average build, wearing a dark jacket, black ski-mask, and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Allyson Carter January 17, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Umm...is it PC America that leaves out the RACE?? Kind of important in a suspect description...
Allyson Carter January 17, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Even with ski mask, you know if they are white or not
michelle January 17, 2013 at 03:21 AM
What's with this world. It's a good thing nobody got hurt.
Sarah Millard (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 03:28 AM
Just providing what the police provided for the description, Allyson. And I've never seen them not list the race in a description, so maybe they don't have that?
Amy Gilgenbach January 17, 2013 at 03:48 AM
A dollar store?! Really?! How much did they expect to get?
Pennyluhu January 17, 2013 at 04:11 AM
I've often seen the media omit skin color when it comes to descriptions of suspects. Describing one's skin tone isn't anti-pc, it's common sense, like listing ht and wt. Not from around here, Amy? Family Dollar is NOT a dollar store
michelle January 17, 2013 at 04:21 AM
I understand it's a dollar store. But to be robbed at gun point. How crazy. But put it this way. NOBODY got hurt. Like they say you can replace everything but you can't replace a person.
Becky Lyon January 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM
I guess someone was desperate for a little cash. I don't think the Family Dollar keeps much cash in the register. It is a sad day when a little store like this is robbed.
Monica Macleod January 17, 2013 at 12:12 PM
It's not a dollar store, that's just the name. What is this world coming too? Way to close to home. A block from my house
Amy Gilgenbach January 17, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Actually, I am from around here. I live just a few blocks away. So, yeah, not happy about it, either.
Waukesha Girl January 17, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Ridiculous what is happening in our wonderful City of Waukesha. Sickening is more like it. It makes me angry, and yet what can we do about it. It just seems like so many people have mental health issues, drug issues, mommy issues, whatever issues, but this nonsense has GOT TO STOP.
Sharon Clark January 17, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Cannot believe what this city is turning into...May 29th, the clerk at Petro Mart, right across the street from Family dollar, was shot and killed after being robbed...I live on McCall Street and use the Family Dollar store for my "quick' needs, pet food and treats, tings like that and my childrena d grandkids, go there, too. the people that run it are very nice, and the store is way more than a dollar store...can't tel you how many times it saved my butt when I got unexpected company or needed Advil or cough drops...all around kind of store when I was a kid, like a Woolworth's or Schultz Brothers dkime store...So, sorry to hear that and so sorry this stuff is getting closer to home...literally! Hope they catch the person responsible...
Aaron Perry January 17, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Although crime in Waukesha is much lower that other cities of comparable size, it is alarming the trend that is happening. I believe we should have a much higher standard. As in the Gamestop and Associated Bank robberies I'm curious if the need for money related to drugs as it did in those cases. The crime issue may be more related to drug use that we think.
Abe Van Dyke January 17, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Well said Aaron. ~Abe
robert williams January 17, 2013 at 06:42 PM
yes even with a mask we know his race but the police do not want to hear it because we did not see his skin and cant positivly id him but i say he was black. and i was there when it happened.
Jon Heil January 17, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Sad how many idiots have to rob others and can't work hard to get their money. Like I posted on my Muskego Tech Blog, hope more Waukesha businesses too get stronger and install security cameras. If you need help, check out the blog, but perfect for any business and not a days why take the chance. CHeck out the article at: http://muskego.patch.com/blog_posts/muskego-undercover-smile-youre-on-camera Just wish Craig at the Liquor store in Muskego read the blog post because they got broken into on 1/2.
Ron Williams January 18, 2013 at 08:19 AM
There is crime every where, I live full time in a Chicago suburb and part time in Waukesha. Waukesha crime rates are much lower. I can not help but think that as the economy goes so does the rate of robberies and theft.The more people of the community watch out for suspicious activities and behaviors, and report them to the police, the safer we make it for every one.
Tim January 18, 2013 at 08:17 PM
I wonder how many of these people comitting these crimes are from Waukesha. I have lived in different areas of the country and have seen, especially near major cities, that criminals travel to the suburbs because they are easier marks.
Sarah Millard (Editor) January 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Tim, while some people do come from the city to commit crimes, a large portion of them are committed by people who live in Waukesha. The two people charged in the recent robberies of GameStop and Associated Bank were Waukesha residents.
CJ January 19, 2013 at 02:06 PM
We have to watch some blame here -- I see a mention of drug issues -- sure that could be, race -- sure but hasn't seem to be the total issue, and mental health issues. Folks, keep in mind a mental health problem isn't by choice, unfortunately! I wish mental illness upon nobody, not even my worst enemy! I have STRUGGLED to survive myself somedays, not in that essence but because I CHOOSE to deal with my mother whom has been committed for 4 plus months (court ordered), keep in mind; the mother I had was no longer my mother anymore after 23, yet she was still alive! It was rough, secondly; My sister has a mental health issue as well, has recently been divorced and was promised to NEVER see her youngest children in her life again, nor her family... Guess what, I haven't seen my younger nieces in over a year, and nor has their sibling because I decided to take on the role of foster care/ gain guardianship over my teenage niece...
CJ January 19, 2013 at 02:09 PM
... Now keep reading because by all mean I am not looking for sympathy or empathy because guess what SOMEONE out there has it worse, right. I took my sister into a mental health facility in Waukesha through the ER and she was DENIED, denied when she begged, pleaded, to be committed to get back on meds, needless to say a 5th doctor/social worker/nurse came in the room and by this time she was upset and the doctor felt 'threatened' and called the officers. THREATENED because she was crying and was lost and had enough, she did not THREATEN anyone or herself. Yet they were almost going to give her a disorderly ticket when the doctors just got done saying she is not a threat to herself or society...
CJ January 19, 2013 at 02:20 PM
...Now folks I witnessed this in the hospital room that night, while I have guardianship of my niece that is currently in high - school, I have realized I am in over my head... My mom besides her mouth hadn't/hasn't hurt a fly, though needed some meds. but refused! People, our minds are like an organ, very fragile, if it is not taken care of, properly, effectively, and efficiently we can obviously have issues; and HAVE had issues. Please, I ask by all means don't judge a book by its cover -- or better yet, labels are for jelly jars! I have had a roller coaster of two-three years and still manage to be a support of 2 close family members with an illness, am a co-guardian to my niece that is a high- schooler so have dealt with the transition, am not nearly as close with my nephew, now 18 due to my sisters situation. And, not one of us has seen the younger nieces/siblings in over a year now because the father PROMISED that my sister NOR her family would ever see HIS girls again. Mind you, the court system doesn't justify this he has paid a lawyer over 80,000 in divorce (that he doesn't have) to make someone else miserable! I AM SICK AND TIRED OF PEOPLE PUTTING BLAME ON THOSE WITH A MENTAL ILLNESS -- these are humans too and they are a family member, friend, loved one, mother, father, brother, sister, etc. These issues don't just go away, Lets get the facts first before we blame.
CJ January 19, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Also, statistics show that those WITH a mental health issue tend to use and abuse drugs -- they are easier to GET -- psychiatrist wait on badgercare is 9 months in waukesha, needless to say that is JUST badgercare, psychiatrists are the ONLY individuals who can prescribe needed medications which have run 300$ plus! -- I'd like to advocate for less blame on guns and the laws, perhaps lets get some of these individuals THE actual help that they need and quite frankly deserve.


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