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Incident Report for Case #2013-368311

Incident Type


Incident Date

11/22/2013 - 10:30 PM


20 W. Mifflin St. (Cooper's Tavern)


Heather M. Dubeau, age 39, no permanent address
Suspect was arrested for Theft and on a Probation Hold.


Female, age 27, Madison


Moments after the crime, the victim's boyfriend went outside and was able to track down the thief. She was trying to conceal his girlfriend's purse under her jacket, and there was soon a struggle for who would control it. As he tried to wrestle the purse from the woman, she yelled that she was being assaulted.  Ultimately, the boyfriend ended up with the purse, as the suspect jumped into a getaway car and fled.

The confrontation took place Friday night after the suspect lifted the purse from the back of a bar chair at Cooper's Tavern 20 W. Mifflin St.

Its 27-year old owner and her boyfriend were able to provide the MPD with a very good description of the suspect. Among other details, the woman was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the name "Melanie" on the back.

North District officers were on an unrelated call, later in the night, when they came across a woman wearing the "Melanie" sweatshirt.  She initially denied being downtown earlier, but when told of the detailed information provided by the victim, she admitted to taking the purse.

Released 11/25/2013 at 10:49 AM by PIO Joel DeSpain

The location shown is approximate & may not be accurate.