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Incident Report for Case #2014-218145

Incident Type


Incident Date

07/09/2014 - 1:28 PM


132 West Towne Mall (Best Buy Mobile)


Marilyn A. Bell, 25-year-old female of Fitchburg, WI
CHARGES: Theft (Misdemeanor)


Best Buy Mobile
40-year-old male of Madison, WI


Madison Police responded to Best Buy Mobile in West Towne Mall reference a stolen iPhone, and associates had suspect information that they wanted to turn over to the police. Officers responded, and obtained a very detailed description of a suspect, later identified as Marilyn Bell. Bell. BellĀ had been a customer of Best Buy Mobile earlier in the day, and had been shown phone products by a sales associate.

When the associate went to show products to another customer, who had entered the store and needed attention, Bell left the store with the $999.00 iPhone; as she moved to sell the item within the same hour for a mere $35.00! A Verizon Wireless kiosk employee had a similar iPhone, valued at over $700, to be taken by Bell, so it was very apparent that criminally deliberate acts were occurring quickly.

Through investigative measures by officers in the West District and the Fitchburg Police Department, the identity and location of Marilyn Bell was developed. Officers responded to Bell's residence, but she had very little recollection about her whereabouts on this date; none of which correlated with being at West Towne Mall. Officers recovered the stolen iPhone, and placed Bell under arrest for charges listed.

PO Howard Payne

Released 07/10/2014 at 3:57 PM by P.O. Howard Payne

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