Friday, May 7, 2010 - 7:47am
More Than 50 Criminal Charges Filed
Two men have been arrested and charged with multiple counts of breaking into cars following a Madison Police Department (MPD) investigation that began with the arrest of one suspect last December.
Between Eduardo A. Castillo-Martinez, age 18, Madison, and Allen E. Vasquez-Rodriguez, age 20, Fitchburg, there are 55 total criminal charges. They include: Burglary, Entry into Locked Vehicle, Theft of Removable Property, and Criminal Damage to Property.
Mr. Castillo-Martinez was arrested by West District officers on December 10th after a citizen provided a getaway car description following vehicle break-ins at a Sayner Court apartment complex (see Incident Report #2009-364418).
Mr. Vasquez-Rodriguez fled on foot prior to the traffic stop, but was later located by the case detective.
The detective was able to connect stolen items in the get-away car: bowling balls, book bags, a hard drive, stereo equipment, first aid kits, and a brief case to ten victims.
Owners of other recovered stolen property have not yet been located.
The suspects have been connected to "smash-and-grab" style vehicle break-ins in both the West and East Districts, as well as in Fitchburg. The criminals targeted surface and underground parking areas of apartment complexes.
Theft was the one reportable crime category that increased in Madison during 2009.
Often, one or two suspects can be responsible for multiple crimes, spiking the overall theft number.
The MPD remains committed to arresting those responsible for property crimes that negatively impact our quality of life here in Madison. In addition, the department will continue to try to educate citizens on how they can best protect themselves from being victimized (for example: see MPD News Release titled Vehicle Report Cards).Contacts:
- Joel DeSpain, 266-4897