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Thief breaks into parked cars, steals cash

Thief breaks into parked cars, steals cash

Cash was stolen from several vehicles parked at a condominium on Madison's west side Saturday, police said.

Madison police said a thief entered an underground parking garage on the 7200 block of Flagship Drive at about midnight.

According to the report, the man broke windows out of four parked vehicles and stole small amounts of money.

One of the victims told an officer that there had been a problem securing a pedestrian door that's next to the main garage door, and that's likely how the thief accessed the parking area.

Man wearing scarf as mask attempts to rob Subway

Man wearing scarf as mask attempts to rob Subway

Madison police are looking for a man who attempted to rob a Subway restaurant on the west side Saturday night, according to a release.

An officer went into the Subway at 7011 Watts Road just before 6:30 p.m. and was told that a few minutes before he got there a man had tried to rob the store, officials said.

The man demanded money, but when the employee went to the back of the store the man left, according to the release. The attempted robber may have left the area in a gray or light blue mid-90s Honda Accord.

The man is described as white, in his early 20s and was wearing a blue flannel shirt, blue jeans and a white scarf as a mask.

10 gun violence incidents reported over 4 days in Madison, Fitchburg

10 gun violence incidents reported over 4 days in Madison, Fitchburg

Police from multiple jurisdictions are working to identify individuals involved in a rash of recent gun violence.

Over the course of four days, starting on Christmas Day, police in Madison and Fitchburg have responded to 10 reports of shots fired.

?We?ve seen a serious spike in gun violence this past weekend. Fortunately at his point we don?t believe anyone has been shot,? said Joel DeSpain, spokesperson for the Madison Police Department. ?Certainly several people have been targeted but we also know that there have been bullets flying in areas where people are inside their homes asleep, people are playing, they are working. So this is a very serious situation that we find ourselves in.?

Police believe the incidents are being sparked by a dispute between gang members. They say it is not a turf war and that gang members are using cars to move throughout the area to find their targets.

Police: Woman drives away from crash on flat tire

Police: Woman drives away from crash on flat tire

A Madison woman faces her fourth drunken driving charge after allegedly driving away from a crash and only stopping because her vehicle would no longer drive, Madison police said.

A former police officer told authorities a red Chevrolet Cavalier crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Regent and North Park streets around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, according to a release.

The Chevrolet spun around, and the driver attempted to leave south on Park Street, officials said. The former officer followed the vehicle until it had to stop in the 1200 block of Park Street due to a flat tire and structural damage.

Officers contacted the driver, Debora Lichtfeld, 49, of Madison, and they said they could smell a strong order of alcohol, according to the release. Lichtfeld told police that she had consumed nothing except antibiotics.

Crowd chants protest slogans as officers arrest teen, officials say

Crowd chants protest slogans as officers arrest teen, officials say

A crowd yelled 'Hands up, don't shoot' and 'I can't breathe' during an incident at a Madison Metro transfer point Monday afternoon, Madison police said.

A Madison Metro driver and supervisor called Madison police to the West Transfer Point around 3:30 p.m. to help with a 17-year-old who refused to get off a bus, according to a release.

The 17-year-old had been asked to leave because she was talking loudly and swearing, which was something she had been warned about in the past, officials said.

An MPD officer offered to give the teen a ride home, but she refused and started verbally abusing the Madison Metro employees while wildly swinging her arms in their direction, according to the release.

At that point, officers said they decided to remove her from the bus, but she started to scream, yell obscenities and struggle with them. Officials said she was eventually put in handcuffs and arrested on tentative charges of disorderly conduct and resisting.

Woman fights off possible robbery, sexual assault, police say

Woman fights off possible robbery, sexual assault, police say

Police said an incident that happened on Madison?s west side Saturday night was either an attempted robbery or an attempted sexual assault.

A 46-year-old woman was walking in the 6700 block of Mineral Point Road around 11:10 p.m. when a man grabbed her from behind, according to a release.

The woman was able to elbow and punch the man and ultimately get away with only minor injuries, officials said. No specific threat or demands were made by the attacker, and nothing was taken from the woman.

The man is described as white, 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds with a medium build, short black hair, dark eyes and no facial hair. He was wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Police: Sign of attempted break-in where suspicious man spotted

Police: Sign of attempted break-in where suspicious man spotted

There are signs of a break-in attempt near where a suspicious man was seen walking through a west Madison neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, police said. 

Madison police said the department received reports of a suspicious man walking in and out of backyards at 4:30 p.m. on the 1000 block of Risser Road and on Tomahawk Trail. 

According to the report, one resident tried to make contact with the man as he walked up her driveway, but he said nothing and ran off. 

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said an officer found pry marks on windows of a nearby house where nobody was home at the time, but it did not appear as though anyone entered the house. 

Witnesses told police the man was driving a dull green conversion van with white stripes down the sides.