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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on July 27, 2012, a criminal complaint was filed against Milwaukee resident Keith Smith. At the initial appearance on Saturday, July 27, 2013, Milwaukee Circuit Court Commissioner Rosa Barillas found that the complaint stated probable cause. A preliminary hearing examination has been set for August 12, 2013.
According to the criminal complaint, Smith committed five thefts during which he approached female victims and stole their cell phones from their hands. Smith did this from July 7, 2013, until his apprehension on July 20, 2013, according to the complaint. Smith ultimately admitted that he was stealing the phones and selling them on craigslist, according to the complaint.
A criminal complaint is a document that alleges that a crime was committed by a person or a corporation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the City of Milwaukee Police Department. Assistant Attorney General Eric D. Défort is representing the State of Wisconsin as special prosecutor in this criminal prosecution.
A copy of the criminal complaint is available here.