Our Burglary Crime Unit (BCU) has a Pawn Program Administrator position assigned to it. What does she do? We have one employee (civilian) who takes on the responsibilities of monitoring the pawn process for the secondhand and scrap/recycling industries in our community. She works with the Leads Online program (which is the nationwide databases for pawn transactions) to ensure business and agency compliance. In 2017, there were 114,405 pawn, secondhand and scrap transactions reported in Madison (this includes the Town of Madison).
Since 2014, MPD has identified and recovered over $400,000 worth of stolen property using Leads Online. We have recovered everything from cell phones to crossbows to a concert-quality bassoon. The most valuable item recovered was a $65,000 Breitling watch, which had been stolen out of Milwaukee and sold to a local secondhand dealer.
Some helpful tips to protect your personal items:
- Know what you own – write down (or photograph) serial numbers of your televisions, gaming systems, etc.
- "Report It" is a free property inventory system from Leads Online that is available to community members in Madison to securely store serial numbers, photographs, receipts, etc. - https://reportit.leadsonline.com/
- Photograph your jewelry.
- Register your bike.
The information contained in my blog is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts. Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases. The OIC is sharing what they were being told, in the moment. In many instances, facts and circumstances, even the type of crime listed, can change as officers, detectives and investigators continue their work.
From 5:00 a.m. on 07/29/2018 through 5:00 a.m. on 07/30/2018, MPD received 404 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials. For purposes of clarification, the following abbreviations are short-hand for race designations: W=White, AA=African American, NA=Native American, H=Hispanic, ME=Middle Eastern, A=Asian, MR=Mixed Race, U=Unknown. MPD shifts are staggered as follows: 1st detail=7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2nd detail=12 p.m. to 8 p.m., 3rd detail=3 p.m. to 11 p.m., 4th detail=8 p.m. to 4 a.m., 5th detail=11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
To further break down the 404 calls for service for the past 24-hours this is how the calls came in per district: Central (58), East (84), Midtown (60), North (76), South (46), West (55), and Other (25). Other=these are calls for service that either do not have a sector listed or the sector is not in the City. For example, if one of our officers assists another law enforcement agency, their sector is not listed in our districts so therefore it is listed under "other".
1) CENTRAL: Strong Arm Robbery – 7:20 a.m. Officers responded to N. Lake St where a suspect (AAM) attempted to grab a bag from a victim (25-year-old WF). The victim struggled over giving the bag to the suspect. The suspect fled without the bag. Press release completed. A person of interest (32-year-old AAM) was identified, located and arrested on a probation hold. Charges forthcoming. Investigation continuing.
2) MIDTOWN: Disturbance – 10:46 a.m. Officers responded to a disturbance between two subjects (23-year-old AAF victim and 24-year-old AAM suspect). The victim and suspect are in a relationship. The suspect became upset with the victim and started to punch himself in the head. The suspect picked up a knife, made some concerning statements and fled in a vehicle (without the knife). Areas checked for the suspect. The suspect was not located. Once located, the suspect will be charged with disorderly conduct while armed as well as a pending charge from a previous incident (domestic-related charges). The suspect also has a pending probation/parole hold. Investigation continuing.
3) CENTRAL: Disorderly Conduct – 12:58 p.m. Officers responded to the 500 block of State St for an unwanted subject (61-year-old WM) who refused to leave the premises when asked by store personnel. The subject pulled out a knife when confronted by the store personnel. The subject/suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed. The knife was recovered from the scene.
4) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 1:55 p.m. Officers responded to an east side residence for a domestic disturbance between two subjects, husband/wife (34-year-old HF victim and 37-year-old HM suspect). The victim reported being pushed and held to the ground by her husband during an argument. Attempts were made to make contact with the suspect, which turned out to be unsuccessful. Once located, the suspect will be charged with domestic disorderly conduct and theft. Investigation continuing.
5) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 2:19 p.m. Officers responded to an east side residence reference a domestic disturbance between three subjects (two victims – 64-year-old WF and 36-year-old WM; one suspect – 30-year-old WM). The suspect was at a family member's residence along with the two victims (his mother and brother). The suspect was intoxicated and upset. The suspect strangled his mother. The suspect's brother intervened and locked his brother out of the house. The suspect kicked the door in and went after his mother again. The suspect was arrested and charged with domestic strangulation (2 counts), domestic disorderly conduct (2 counts), damage to property and domestic battery.
6) EAST: Disturbance – 3:22 p.m. Officers responded to the 2400 block of LaFollette Ave reference a disturbance between two subjects (two 26-year-old AAFs). The subjects were engaged in a verbal argument which escalated into a physical altercation. One suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct. The other suspect was cited for disorderly conduct and released from the scene.
7) NORTH: Domestic Disturbance – 3:51 p.m. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance on East Bluff after receiving a call from neighbors about a fight. Officers made contact with the victim (23-year-old AAF) who denied anything occurring other than a verbal argument. Witnesses reporting seeing the suspect (25-year-old AAM) hit, slap and throw the victim to the ground. The suspect was not on scene. The suspect later turned himself in and was booked into jail for domestic battery and disorderly conduct. Child Protective Services notified as there were children in the home.
8) SOUTH: Disturbance – 4:24 p.m. Officers responded to the 1800 block of S. Park St for a disturbance between two subjects (35-year-old AAF victim and 36-year-old AAM suspect). The victim reported being strangled and bit by her boyfriend. The victim also reported that the suspect took her phone away when she said she was going to call the police. The suspect was not on scene. Once located, the suspect will be charged with strangulation, battery and intimidation of a victim. Investigation continuing.
9) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 6:42 p.m. Officers responded to an east side residence for a domestic disturbance between two subjects (38-year-old WF victim and 38-year-old AAM suspect). The victim and suspect are in a relationship and were involved in a verbal argument the day prior which continued. The victim reported that the suspect grabbed her phone and was yelling at her. The suspect was arrested for domestic disorderly conduct and theft.
10) WEST: Missing/Runaway Juvenile – 7:32 p.m. Officers responded to Schroeder Rd for a report of a missing/runaway juvenile (14-year-old AAF). The juvenile has a history of running away. No immediate concerns for her welfare noted. Attempt to locate aired. The juvenile was listed as missing in the appropriate databases. Investigation continuing.
11) MIDTOWN: Death Investigation – 7:51 p.m. Officers responded, along with MFD, to N. Allen St to check the welfare of a subject (37-year-old UM). It was determined that the subject jumped off a pedestrian bridge and died as a result of injuries sustained. Medical Examiner's office responded. Investigation continuing.
12) WEST: Battery – 11:41 p.m. Officers responded to Hammersley Rd for a battery that occurred between two subjects (40-year-old AAF victim and 38-year-old AAM suspect). The suspect was intoxicated and assaulted the victim. The suspect is at-large. Once located, the suspect will be charged with battery, disorderly conduct and strangulation. Investigation continuing.
13) CENTRAL: Missing Adult – 1:29 a.m. Officers responded to take a report of a missing subject (19-year-old UF). Phone was pinged and the subject appears to be in the Madison area. Attempts to contact via phone were unsuccessful. Investigation continuing.
14) WEST: Attempted Residential Burglary – 3:46 a.m. Officers responded to a west side area after the caller reported seeing three subjects with flashlights in the backyard. The subjects attempted to enter the home but were scared off by the caller. Investigation continuing.