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Video shows alleged members of 'Paper Team' crew beat store employee with belt

Two store employees were hurt
Watch: Alleged thief attacks employee with belt
Posted at 1:22 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 19:25:33-05

WAUWATOSA -- Police are asking for the public's help to locate three suspects after surveillance video captured two of them stealing from an outlet store last month and attacking two employees.

The suspects have all been charged in connection with nearly two dozen retail thefts going back to November 2017. 

Charles Porter, 24, Kendall Strickland, 24, Tyron Richardson, 17 and Devonte Thomas, 17, are all allegedly part of the "Paper Team" crew. While Richardson is in custody, police are still looking for the other three. 

The surveillance video, shared with TODAY'S TMJ4 by the Wauwatosa Police Department, shows the suspects running out of Saks Off 5th Avenue on December 3 with armfuls of clothing.

As they tried to make their escape, the store's cleaning employee attempted to stop them and was struck with one of the men's belts. The outlet's loss prevention officer was also punched.

Both men reported experiencing pain after the incident. The cleaning employee also reported swelling and cuts.

Minutes after the parking lot fight, the suspects led a Wauwatosa Police officer on a brief chase, driving onto the lawn of Mount Mary University to get away. 

According to a criminal complaint, the officer stopped pursuing the car after it reached speeds above 80 miles per hour. 

The theft from Saks Off 5th was just one of more than 20 incidents across Milwaukee County dating back to early November. The crew is accused of stealing more than $70,000 in merchandise. 

They mainly targeted cell phone stores and other major retailers. Several thefts occurred at stores in the Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa. 

In addition to thefts, the crew is accused of threatening store employees with weapons, driving in stolen cars, and participating in drug dealing activity. 

According to the complaint, the suspects have posted numerous videos online, including a music video confirmed by Wauwatosa Police as belonging to the "Paper Team" crew. 

The video shows massive amounts of cash, weapons and according to police, some of the stolen merchandise. 

Porter, Strickland and Richardson are all convicted felons according to the complaint. Police say none of the suspects have legitimate jobs. 

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of the suspects in this case, please contact Wauwatosa Police at 414-471-8430.