BURGLARS HIT GREENTREE NEIGHBORHOOD
December 2, 2009
SPIKE OCCURS OVER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
The Madison Police Department is investigating a recent series of home burglaries in the West District's Greentree Neighborhood. Around a dozen break-ins have occurred in the past couple of weeks in an area generally bordered by Hammersley Road, Schroeder Road, Whitney Way, and Gammon Road. In most cases crooks are gaining entry by forcing open garage doors, or breaking out windows located at the back of homes. Small electronic items, laptop computers, flat screen televisions, and money are being taken. In two cases guns were stolen. In addition, two vehicles - a minivan and a car - were driven away by the burglar/burglars. Both were later recovered.
Some homes that have been hit are located in the:
• 1500 block of Frisch Road (reported to police on 11/30)
• 1500 block of Cameron Drive (reported to police on 11/30)
• 1100 block Woodland Way (reported to police on 11/29)
• 5800 block Suffolk Road (reported to police on 11/29)
• 660 block Regis Road (reported to police on 11/29)
• 5900 block Meadowood Drive (reported to police on 11/28)
• 6400 block Woodington Way (reported to police on 11/28)
• 660 block Sutton Road (one reported to police on 11/19, a second resident - in the same block - reported a burglary on 11/22)
On November 25th, a 23-year old woman was awakened to the sound of someone trying to break a basement window at her residence on Westover Court. When she yelled, "who is it?" the burglar fled. A neighbor reported seeing someone running from the scene. He was described as a male black between 14 and 17 years old,
One detective working the cases indicates some homes have been targeted in the late afternoon or early evening perhaps because no lights are on, as residents are not yet home from work. He recommends having a timer system so that an outside light goes on when citizens are away. As for car keys, it would be preferable not to leave them inside vehicles, or on hooks inside homes, as it appears burglars found keys in those places in order to steal the minivan and car. Best practices would also be to not keep purses, wallets, credit cards, etc. inside parked vehicles. It is also good to keep garage doors closed and locked, as well as doors from garages into homes.
The Madison Police Department is actively pursuing leads on these cases, but more information is needed. If you see anything suspicious taking place near your home please call 911. Anyone with information on these burglaries is urged to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014 or text "Dane" and your message to CRIMES (274637). Individuals contacting Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.
- Joel DeSpain, 266-4897