Our community saw a 51% increase of burglaries in July (2018) when compared to the month of July, 2017. We ended the month with 119 reported burglaries (79 were reported in July of 2017).
We continue to see burglaries occur due to unlocked doors/open garage doors (this MO accounted for 46 of the burglaries in July). Our records reflect that in 51 instances residents were at home when the burglary occurred. There were 8 vehicles stolen during the course of these burglaries, as well as 2 guns.
Our City has experienced 539 reported burglaries, year-to-date (through the end of July). This results in a 5% increase from the first seven months of the year in 2017 when we had 515.
Where the burglaries are occurring per district:
- West: 29
- South: 8
- Central: 41
- North: 7
- East: 12
- Midtown: 22
The information contained in my blog is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts. Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases. The OIC is sharing what they were being told, in the moment. In many instances, facts and circumstances, even the type of crime listed, can change as officers, detectives and investigators continue their work.
From 5:00 a.m. on 08/13/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 08/14/2018, MPD received 489 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials. For purposes of clarification, the following abbreviations are short-hand for race designations: W=White, AA=African American, NA=Native American, H=Hispanic, ME=Middle Eastern, A=Asian, MR=Mixed Race, U=Unknown. MPD shifts are staggered as follows: 1st detail=7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2nd detail=12 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd detail=3 p.m. to 11 p.m., 4th detail=8 p.m. to 4 a.m., 5th detail=11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
To further break down the 489 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (97), East (81), Midtown (77), North (86), South (38), West (63), and Other (47). Other=these are calls for service that either do not have a sector listed or the sector is not in the City. For example, if one of our officers assists another law enforcement agency, their sector is not listed in our districts so therefore it is listed under "other".
**Priority only calls from 10:57am-12:35pm due to resources needed for the fire call on Cricket Lane.
1) MIDTOWN: Intoxicated Driver – 6:29 a.m. Officers responded to the McDonald's on Odana Rd for a driver/suspect (19-year-old HM) who almost hit their building, was parked across two handicap parking spots and was passed out in his vehicle. The suspect was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (1st offense).
2) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 8:04 a.m. Officers responded to Vera Court for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (18-year-old HF victim and 23-year-old AAM suspect). The subjects have been involved in an on-again/off-again relationship. The victim reported that the suspect threatened her with a knife. The suspect was not on scene when officers arrived but was located and arrested on domestic-related charges.
3) WEST: Assist MFD – 10:32 a.m. Officers responded, along with MFD, to Cricket Lane for a report that a condo building was on fire. MFD has the lead on this investigation. Officers assisted with perimeter security and traffic control. Investigation continuing.
4) NORTH: Drug Incident/Overdose – 2:02 p.m. Officers responded to Northport Drive (parking lot of Culver's) for a subject (26-year-old WM) experiencing an overdose. MFD arrived first and the subject was up and walking around. Probable cause was developed and the subject was arrested and charged with possession of heroin/drug paraphernalia. The subject was also referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI). Investigation continuing.
5) CENTRAL: Mental Health Conveyance – 3:15 p.m. Officers responded to Butler St for an out-of-control subject (41-year-old AAF) causing a disturbance. The subject was conveyed to a local hospital where she was initially voluntarily admitted for an evaluation. Once at the hospital, the subject's behavior/voluntariness changed and she began to threaten officers. Journey Mental Health consulted. An emergency detention was sought and approved. The transport to Winnebago is pending as of 4:50 a.m. (almost 12 hours later). Investigation continuing.
6) CENTRAL: Weapons Offense – 3:40 p.m. Officers responded to E. Washington Ave for a subject (54-year-old AAF) reportedly armed with a box cutter and pepper spray. Investigation revealed that the AAF and another subject (22-year-old WF) had been involved in an on-going verbal argument the previous day. The dispute continued on this date. No charges were substantiated at this time. Subjects were separated. Investigation continuing.
7) EAST: Drug Incident/Overdose – 7:31 p.m. An officer was notified of an unconscious subject (32-year-old WM) in a parked vehicle. The subject was conveyed to a local hospital and cited for possession of heroin/drug paraphernalia. The subject was also referred to the Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI).
8) SOUTH: Weapons Offense – 7:37 p.m. Officers responded to a south side residence for a disturbance between two juveniles (11-year-old AAM and 10-year-old AAF). It was reported that the female juvenile pointed a knife at the male subject after the male subject won a bike race. The female denied having a knife. No witnesses observed a knife. The two juveniles were separated and counseled about conflict resolution (legal guardians were involved in the conversation). No charges were substantiated. No further action deemed necessary by the police.
9) MIDTOWN: Drug Incident/Overdose – 8:14 p.m. Officers responded to Allied Dr for a subject (31-year-old AAF) experiencing an overdose. Naloxone was administered to the subject prior to the arrival of MPD/MFD. MFD also administered additional doses of Naloxone to the subject. The subject was conveyed to a local hospital where she was cited for possession of heroin and bail jumping.
10) NORTH: Hit and Run – 8:55 p.m. Officers responded to the area of Northport Dr/Dryden Dr for a hit-and-run crash. The victim driver's (24-year-old WF) vehicle was struck by the suspect's vehicle. The two occupants in the suspect vehicle fled from the scene. The suspect vehicle was discovered to be stolen out of Sauk County. The victim was not injured. Investigation continuing.
11) WEST: Weapons Offense – 11:03 p.m. Officers responded to Schroeder Rd/Gammon Rd where a juvenile (9-year-old) was struck by a paintball from a vehicle passing by. Press release completed. Investigation continuing.
12) EAST: Death Investigation – 11:20 p.m. Officers responded to an east side residence for a down subject (67-year-old WM). Lifesaving measures not successful. The decedent had health issues. Nothing suspicious on scene. Medical Examiner's office responded. Investigation continuing.
13) NORTH: Armed Robbery – 2:16 a.m. Officers responded to a motel on W. Washington Ave for an armed robbery where a handgun was reportedly displayed. The victim (18-year-old AAF) reported that an acquaintance came to visit her, asked her for money and was observed sitting on the victim's wallet holding a gun. The victim stated the gun was never pointed at her. She said she wanted to leave the room but the suspect would not let her leave. The victim was eventually able to get away from the hotel room and called police. The suspect (AAM) was not on scene when officers arrived. The victim discovered cash missing from her wallet. Press release completed. Investigation continuing.