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MPD Significant Calls 01/09/2019 to 01/10/2019

January 10, 2019 10:21 AM

December (2018) data on Stolen Autos –

Our officers received 32 reports of stolen autos in December (2018); compared to December (2017) when we had 44 (27% decrease last month). 

Through the end of the year (2018), our community experienced 417 reports of stolen autos.  This is a 2% decrease from 2017, when we had 427 reports of stolen autos. 

More information on the reports from December –

  • Of the 32 stolen autos reported, 30 of them had keys left inside!
  • Of the 32 stolen autos reported, 10 vehicles were unlocked and running!
  • Of the 32 stolen autos reported, 26 have been recovered
  • East District reported the most incidents (13), followed by North/West (6 each), Central/South (3 each) and Midtown (1)

**The provided stats are based upon the best data available at the time of publication. 


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 6:00 a.m. on 01/09/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 01/10/2019, MPD received 436 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 436 calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central (66), East (85), Midtown (77), North (67), South (45), West (71), 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". 

**Priority only calls from 2pm-3:30pm due to staffing shortages.

**Priority only calls from 7:10pm-8pm due to calls for service.

1) EAST: Recovered/Stolen Auto – 3:08 a.m.  An officer observed a vehicle suspiciously parked in the East Towne Mall area.  A data check of the vehicle revealed that the vehicle was stolen.  The vehicle drove away from the area and a traffic stop was initiated.  The driver/suspect (16-year-old UM) lied about his identity and was found to have an outstanding warrant from Illinois.  A passenger (17-year-old WF) claimed to have been given the vehicle several days ago and she denied knowing the vehicle was stolen.  A second passenger (16-year-old WM) was also in the vehicle.  The driver/suspect was conveyed to the Juvenile Reception Center on charges of operating a motor vehicle without consent (OMVWOC) and the outstanding warrant.  The female passenger was arrested for operating a motor vehicle without consent – party to a crime.  The male passenger was conveyed to a local youth shelter.  Investigation continuing. *This was a late call that did not make the previous 24-hour cycle call notes due to officers being involved at the scene and reports from the field were not yet typed.  

2) MIDTOWN: Crash with Injuries – 5:50 a.m.  Officers responded to the Hammersley Ave/Speedway Rd for a crash.  The victim (35-year-old WM) was driving his moped and turned onto Speedway Rd from Hammersley Ave when he was struck by a driver/suspect (22-year-old AAF).  The suspect reported not seeing the victim/moped.  The victim was conveyed to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The suspect was cited for following too close. *This was a late call that did not make the previous 24-hour cycle call notes due to officers being involved at the scene and reports from the field were not yet typed.  

3) MIDTOWN: Intoxicated Person – 10:49 a.m.  Officers responded to a bar on S. Park St for an intoxicated/injured subject (37-year-old WF).  The subject was taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital for an evaluation.  The subject will likely be conveyed to detox, once released from the hospital.  Investigation continuing.    

4) North: Check Person – 2:20 p.m.  Patrol Officers responded along with a Mental Health Officer (MHO) to Hayes Rd for a welfare check with a subject (37-year-old WF).  Contacts were made through a family member as well as reviewing previous experiences with MPD.  Apparently the subject has goes through ideation issues when under stress.  Officers attempted to make contact with the subject but she refused to open the door.  After consulting with Journey Mental Health, a decision was made to leave without further action.   Investigation continuing.

5) WEST: Check Person – 3:30 p.m.  Officers responded to a residential address on the west side after parents called concerned about their child's welfare (17-year old WM).   Apparently, the child was having a melt-down and trying to harm himself.  An MPD/MHO was aware of the situation and assisted responding officers in placing the child under protective custody and taking him to a hospital for a medical evaluation.  Subsequently, a commitment order and transfer to Winnebago occurred.

6) MIDTOWN: Assist Citizen – 5:15 p.m.  Officers were in contact with a constituent on Mineral Point Rd who called  MPD to check on an old grenade that had been obtained through a family member's military collection.  MPD enlisted the assistance of the Dane County Bomb Squad/EOD unit to transfer the grenade in order to avoid any potential harm.       

7) MIDTOWN: Sexual Assault of a Child/Information – 6:25 p.m.  Officers took a report from a subject (32-year-old AAF) after the 9 year old daughter reported she was being touched inappropriately by the mother's boyfriend (47-year old AAM).  Investigation continuing.

8) WEST: Domestic Disturbance – 6:31 p.m. Officers responded to a west side residence for a domestic disturbance between family members (44-year old AAF/victim) and a (20 year-old AAM/suspect).  The two were involved with a verbal argument which turned into physical violence and criminal damage to property. Officers arrested the suspect and he was charged with Arson, 2nd degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property, burglary, and trespassing -- all of which are domestic -related.  Incident report on MPD's website completed.  Investigation continuing.  

9) WEST: Death Investigation – 7:21 p.m. Officers responded to a west side nursing home regarding an 86-year-old WM in medical distress.  MFD also responded and attempted life-saving measures but were unsuccessful.  The subject had a long medical history with nothing suspicious observed on scene.  Medical examiner notified.  

10) WEST: Criminal Damage to Property/ Graffiti – 12:31 a.m. Officers responded to 7050 Watts Rd, The Home Store,  where it was reported that three males (2 19-year-old WM's and a 18-year old WM) were seen walking around the property and acting suspiciously.  Subsequent investigation reflected that the suspects were tagging the property.  All three suspects were arrested and given misdemeanor citations for graffiti. 

11) EAST: Burglary Residential – 5:12 a.m.  Officers responded to an east side residence after the homeowners reported hearing a loud crash in the garage.  Field reports are not in at this time.  Investigation continuing.


Posted by: Chief Koval

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