Police Incident Reports

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Incident Report for Case #2013-221237

Incident Type

Theft

Incident Date

07/21/2013 - 2:05 AM

Address

603 State St. (State Street Brats)

Arrested

Rodney M. Harris Jr., age 26, Madison
Suspect has been charged with several counts including Theft.

Angelena R. Birt, age 21, Madison
Suspect has been charged with several counts including Theft.

Victim(s)

Female, age 23, Madison
Male, age 23, Madison

Details

"You can do it really fast, right in front of people and they don't even know it," said one suspect, who is quoted in a recently filed criminal complaint.

The defendant was talking to an MPD detective about a rash of downtown bar thefts that took place earlier this summer as victims lost smart phones, credit cards, wallets and purses.

Following an MPD investigation, two suspects have been charged with several counts, including theft, specifically for taking two smart phones from State Street Brats, 603 State St., in the early morning hours of July 21.

A 23-year old man said his phone was taken out of his back pocket. A 23-year old woman said a man grabbed at her wristlet like he wanted to dance. After she rebuffed his overtures, she realized the wristlet had been unzipped; her new smart phone and her credit card were gone.

Suspects were identified thanks to bar surveillance video, and other images captured at a gas station where suspects attempted to use the stolen credit card.

In the criminal complaint, one suspect said several thieves worked in concert with one another taking "more than 50 credit cards and wallets." The defendant said they typically sold stolen phones for $20 each.

The MPD continues to review cases, looking to arrest more suspects.
 

Released 09/04/2013 at 11:42 AM by PIO Joel DeSpain

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