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Incident TypeResidential Burglary
Incident Date07/14/2014 - 3:11 PM
Address7400 block W. Valley Ridge Dr.
ArrestedMale, age 14, Madison
Male, age 14, Madison
The suspects were arrested for Burglary and Obstructing.
Victim(s)Female, age 36, Madison
Male, age 36, Madison
DetailsA number of factors came together Monday afternoon as the MPD arrested two 14-year-old boys for a daytime home burglary on the city's West Side. It occurred in an area where similar crimes have been problematic.
In this case, a 36-year old W. Valley Ridge Dr. resident had left her purse inside her car. She had parked it in the garage, with the door open, and was only inside her home for a few minutes. She was not expecting someone to walk in and steal her purse, in broad daylight, during such a small time frame. But it happened.
Upset, she called her husband and police. There was no suspect description, but the couple was able to provide responding officers with serial numbers to an iPhone and an iPad, both of which were inside the purse.
Officers slowly drove through the area looking for potential leads, and as they did, a woman walking her dog took note. She then spotted a discarded purse beneath a pine tree in a nearby city park. It no longer contained the iPhone, the iPad, or any cash. The alert citizen must have watched a few police shows on TV; because she knew not to touch the purse. A MPD police dog arrived and gave it a sniff, and officers followed the track to a grocery store not far from West Towne Mall.
Officers are aware that inside the mall are businesses that purchase used electronics. As police were entering, the victim's husband called to say the stolen iPhone had just been turned on again, and it tracking software placed it inside the mall.
One officer spotted two teens standing near one of the previously mentioned businesses. One was holding an iPad, the other an iPhone.
"When both of these juveniles saw me, the look on their faces turned from casual to dismay and even shock as their eyes were very wide open at this point in time," wrote the primary investigating officer in his report.
Serial numbers on the electronics matched those stolen from the couple's garage.
The teens maintained they purchased the iPad and iPod on the streets from another young man.
Pressured by his parents, one suspect later recanted and confirmed he and his friend had committed the burglary.
The confession was the result of community and police working together with help from the nose of a well-trained police dog and some helpful modern tracking technology.
Released 07/15/2014 at 10:03 AM by PIO Joel DeSpain
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