Police Incident Reports

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Incident Report for Case #2013-400101

Incident Type


Incident Date

12/23/2013 - 4:40 PM


131 East Towne Mall (Gordmans)


Brittany D. James, 19-year-old female of Hazelcrest, IL
CHARGES: Disorderly Conduct & Retail Theft




Police responded to Gordmans reference an uncooperative female inside of the store. Officers arrived, and determined that Brittany James selected a variety of clothing apparel, and began filling empty bags with unpaid store merchandise. Loss prevention observed James callously leave the store; an exit that was believed to be calculated on her part. 

Loss prevention contacted James outside the store, and she attempted to leave both the stolen items on the ground and the mall. She was verbally directed back into the store, but that option was not readily accepted. Loss prevention stated James began to scream loudly and fight; creating a huge disturbance in the midst of families and small children.  Police tried to explain to James how this process worked, but she continued to talk over officers. She was confined at The Dane County Jail on charges listed, and didn't know when she would be returning to Chicago; as she claimed to be in Madison to visit friends.

PO Howard Payne

Released 12/27/2013 at 3:09 PM by P.O. Howard Payne

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