In May (2019), our community received 69 reports of burglaries. Last May we had 83 reported burglaries; thus last month we saw a 17% decrease. Our community has received a total of 367 reported burglaries this year, which represents a 9% increase from the same timeframe in 2018 (338 burglaries from January-May 2018).
What we know about the 69 reported burglaries in May:
- At least 28 burglaries occurred when a resident was home
- At least 34 burglaries occurred due to an unlocked door or open garage
- Three reported handguns were taken
- Three vehicles were taken in the course of a burglary
- Two churches were forcibly entered
- Commercial burglaries and underground parking burglaries went down but residential burglaries increased
- Suspects are targeting offices with electronics and safes containing money
Breakdown of where the burglaries occurred by district in May:
- West: 12
- South: 9
- Central: 9
- North: 13
- East: 14
- Midtown: 12
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.
**Due to technical difficulties beyond our control, the total numbers of calls overnight could not be accessed.
From 6:00 a.m. on 06/09/2019 through 6:00 a.m. on 06/10/2019, MPD received ______ 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 ____ calls for service for the past 24-hours, this is how the calls came in per district: Central ( ), East ( ), Midtown ( ), North ( ), South ( ), West ( ), and Other ( ). 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 calls only from 9:45am-11am due to calls for service (Central, North and East districts).
**Priority calls only from 11:23pm-12:36am due to calls for service.
1) MIDTOWN: Mental Health Conveyance – 7:00 a.m. Officers responded to a local hospital regarding an emergency detention request for a 28-year-old AAM. Journey Mental Health consulted. Emergency detention pending. Investigation continuing.
2) CENTRAL: Information – around 7 a.m. MPD played an assistive role in facilitating traffic flow and other logistical consideration in conjunction with the staging of the Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin event. It should be noted that from a jurisdictional standpoint, the Dane County Sheriff's Department is responsible for events/incidents/crimes occurring on the waterway; MFD has search-and-rescue capacities. During the swim element of the triathlon, two athletes suffered medical events which led to one death and another individual placed in a life-threatening condition.
3) EAST: Death Investigation – 8:22 a.m. Officers responded to an east side residence for a deceased subject (41-year-old AAM). Medical Examiner's office responded. Nothing overtly suspicious identified initially. Investigation continuing.
4) NORTH: Drug Incident/Overdose – 9:06 a.m. Officers responded to a north side residence regarding a subject (24-year-old HM) experiencing an overdose (unintentional overdose involving pills). The subject was revived as he was conveyed to a local hospital. The subject was left in the care of medical staff. No further action deemed necessary by officers.
5) SOUTH: Mental Health Conveyance – 10:28 a.m. Officers responded to S. Park St/Wingra Drive for a report of a subject (73-year-old HF) in the middle of the road. Officers observed the subject to be in a delusional state and refusing to leave the roadway. The subject's family was on scene and reported that the subject was suffering from dementia. The subject was taken into protective custody and conveyed to a local hospital (with support by family). Journey Mental Health plugged in. Emergency detention may be sought. Investigation continuing.
6) NORTH: Weapons Offense – 11:45 a.m. Officers responded to the 500 block of Northport Drive for a disturbance involving a weapon. Investigation revealed that the suspect (22-year-old AAF) got into an altercation with her sister/victim (17-year-old AAF). The suspect grabbed two knives and threatened to kill her sister. The mother/victim (45-year-old AAF) attempted to intervene and was also threatened by the suspect. The suspect was arrested and conveyed to jail on charges of physical abuse of a child and disorderly conduct while armed (two counts).
7) NORTH: Weapons Offense – 1:30 p.m. Officers responded to the 500 block of North Street for a report of a large fight (15-20 people actively fighting with baseball bats, throwing chairs, etc.). As officers arrived in the area, people dispersed. A suspect (17-year-old UF) was arrested on outstanding charges from another county. A second subject/suspect (16-year-old AAF) was cited for disorderly conduct while armed and released to a responsible party.
8) MIDTOWN: Strong Arm Robbery – 2:16 p.m. Officers responded to the Home Depot on Verona Road for a strong arm robbery. The victim (60-year-old WF) reported that a suspect (AAM) stole her purse and cell phone before fleeing in a vehicle. The victim was not injured. The suspect vehicle was located disabled/unoccupied. The vehicle was towed. Investigation continuing.
9) EAST: Information/Check Person – 4:02 p.m. Officers responded to an assisted living facility on the far eastside regarding injuries to a non-verbal resident/victim (96-year-old WF). Investigation continuing.
10) CENTRAL: Check Welfare – 7:35 p.m. Officers responded to the 100 block of State Street to check the welfare of a subject/suspect (54-year-old AAM) who was reportedly intoxicated and out-of-control. The suspect was taken into protective custody and conveyed to detox. During the conveyance to detox, the suspect made threats to the police officer. The suspect was subsequently arrested for threats to law enforcement and conveyed to jail. The suspect was also cited for open intoxicants.
11) NORTH: Hit-and-Run – 10:45 p.m. Officers responded to E. Washington Ave/Lien Rd for a hit-and-run crash with a victim (21-year-old WF) down in the road with injuries. The victim was conveyed to a local hospital with a broken ankle and a non-life threatening brain bleed. Incident Report on MPD's website completed. Investigation continuing.
12) NORTH: Weapons Offense – 11:14 p.m. Officers responded to a north side residence after the caller/suspect (60-year-old WM) made comments about having a gun and going outside armed. The suspect gave conflicting information. Officers made contact with the suspect and detained him without incident. A fully loaded gun belonging to the suspect was recovered. The suspect was arrested and conveyed to jail on charges of going armed while intoxicated.
13) MIDTOWN: Check Person – 3:17 a.m. Officers responded to the Radisson Inn on Grand Canyon Road for a homeless person (36-year-old AAF) sleeping in the hotel. Officers made contact with the subject and arranged for her to stay at a local homeless shelter. The officers provided a ride to the subject. No further action deemed necessary by officers.