|By Lawrence Sussman, Milwaukee Journal
SentinelMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Apr. 2, 2008 - Police in metro Milwaukee are investigating a string of armed robberies at hotels, the latest occurring early Saturday in Grafton and Mequon.
The weekend robberies occurred within 20 minutes of each other, , said Capt. Joseph Gabrish of the Grafton Police Department.
Gabrish said the robberies are likely related and the circumstances were similar to robberies in Wauwatosa and the Town of Brookfield in the past 30 days.
At 12:32 a.m. Saturday, two males robbed the Baymont Inn and Suites at 1415 Port Washington Road in Grafton, Gabrish said. One of the males was armed with a silver handgun.
About 20 minutes later in Mequon, two males robbed the Best Western Quiet House at 10330 N. Port Washington Road. One of the robbers pointed a handgun at a clerk and demanded money, said Mequon Police Chief Steve Graff. The pair got an undetermined amount of money and fled on foot.
One of the Mequon robbers was described as black, 16 to 20 years old, wearing a black winter jacket with a fur-lined hood pulled over his head and a white scarf over his face. The other robber was described as black, 16 to 20 years old and wearing a dark winter jacket with the hood pulled over his head and a black scarf over his face.
In the Grafton case, one robber was described as black, wearing a skull cap, 18 to 21 years old, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a thin build and very short hair. The other robber was described as black, 16 to 20 years old, and about 5 feet, 5 inches tall with very short hair. He covered his face with a dirty white towel.
The robbers may have fled in an older black Chevrolet Blazer with tinted windows and red stripes running down the sides of the vehicle.
Two men robbed the Days Inn at 11811 W. Blue Mound Road in Wauwatosa on March 15, and "we believe that this robbery may be related to the Grafton and Mequon robberies," Wauwatosa police Lt. Dominic Leone said.
On March 5, an armed robbery occurred at the Motel 6 at 20300 W. Blue Mound Road in the Town of Brookfield. Gabrish said there were similarities to the Grafton holdup.
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