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Police investigate armed bank robbery

Madison police are investigating an armed bank robbery.

Police responded to a hold up alarm at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at AnchorBank, 333 S. Westfield Road.

A man walked up to a teller's window and demanded money while displaying a handgun, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

The robber placed the money in a bag he had with him and left the bank on foot, heading west, police said.

No injuries were reported.

Police said the robber was described as a white man, standing 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a heavier build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a black cloth covering a portion of his face, police said.

Late-night caller impersonates grandson, gets money wired to Mexico

A west-side Madison woman wired money to Mexico Nov. 1 to a person claiming to be her grandson but it turned out it was an imposter, police said.

The 86-year-old victim received a call from someone she told police sounded like her grandson at 11:40 p.m. The caller stated he was in a car crash in Mexico and after leaving the hospital would be forced to go to jail. The caller stated the police needed money wired from the U.S. to Mexico in order to bail her grandson out of jail.

After the woman electronically transferred funds, the fraudster called again asking for more money. The victim became suspicious and hung up. After she talked to family and confirmed her grandson was never in Mexico, she called police.

The report did not indicate how much money was sent to the man impersonating the grandson.

The Madison Police Department offered tips on how citizens can avoid similar scams:

Man arrested at gunpoint after burglary

The burglary of a west side convenience store in Madison led to the arrest of a man at gunpoint, according to police.

Police were called to a Mobil station at 901 S. Gammon Rd. at 12:39 a.m. Saturday to a report of a burglar alarm.� Officers said they found a door window shattered and a fire extinguisher lying nearby.

A store employee gave police surveillance video of the crime and police released a description of the burglar, according to police.

An officer said a man matching the description was spotted walking near Park Edge Drive and Park Ridge Drive and he was arrested at gunpoint.

Police said Scott A. Alton, 24, of Madison, claimed to be out drinking with friends, but changed his story when police said the burglary was captured on video and pointed out the bar he said he was at with his friends had closed months ago.

Woman mugged at gunpoint in garage

A woman on the west side was mugged at gunpoint in her garage Thursday at about 6 p.m.

The Madison woman, 39, told police she and her young daughter had just returned to their home on Cimarron Trail Thursday evening when, after parking the car, a man approached her in the garage, pointed a gun at her and demanded her purse.

Police said the man grabbed her wallet and left. Another man was also standing nearby, according to the report.

One man was described as a thin-built black man, possibly in his teens, about 6 feet tall wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The other man is described a black man with a stocky build.

Police said no one was injured in the incident.

Recruits to practice in supervised house burn on Junction Road

Firefighters in training will participate in a live interior practice operation on the west side Thursday morning.

A house on the 3700 block of Junction Road will serve as the Madison Fire Department?s burn location, with the exercise set to begin at 10:30 a.m.

The class of 20 students will practice firefighting tactics, safety and the use of personal protective equipment under controlled circumstances, the department said. Using the example of two furnished bedrooms on the first floor of the burn house, trainees will be able to observe the importance of keeping bedroom doors closed to block smoke. It is safer to sleep with bedroom doors closed, the department said, to help to slow the travel of toxic fumes and smoke during a fire.

The MFD Training Division is also preparing scenarios for fire investigators to study fire behavior and burn patterns.

Citizens help MPD make arrest at West Towne Mall

Madison police are giving citizens credit for an arrest made in a stolen vehicle case Wednesday.

According to police, a Jeep was reported stolen at 7:19 a.m. in the 7300 block of Sawmill Road, and after 11 a.m. an officer spotted the Jeep driving on Gammon Road near Memorial High School.

The officer followed the Jeep into the West Towne Mall parking lot where the driver fled, according to police.

Officers said alert citizens told police the direction the driver fled and the man was arrested inside the mall.

Jamal S. Jackson, 21, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle without the owner?s consent and on a parole hold.

Police said Jackson has been arrested on other occasions on suspicion of thefts and burglaries.

Man uses radar gun to try and slow down traffic

A man learned the hard way that police need to be notified before you start using a radar gun to slow down speeders.

The man's efforts led to a high profile police action last week on Chapel Hill Road on Madison's southwest side.

According to police, police responded to the location after getting a report of a man pointing a gun at passing traffic. Police ordered the 70-year-old man out of his car and told him to put his hands behind his head and kneel on the ground.

The man asked police politely what was going on, and police told him about the report of the gun being pointed at passing traffic. That's when another officer saw the older radar gun in the back of the car.

The man was very apologetic, and police said he was very complimentary of the traffic enforcement police were doing, Officers asked the man to let police know the next time he planned to use his radar gun in public.