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Incident Report for Case #2015-125263

Incident Type

Residential Burglary

Incident Date

04/21/2015 - 4:00 PM


Mallory Circle


Female, age 37, no permanent address
Suspect was arrested for Burglary.


Male, age 39, Madison


It was – in part – the scent of a woman that helped police capture a burglary suspect Tuesday afternoon, and no tracking dogs were needed.
The break-in that took place on Mallory Circle was not only aromatic, but it also possessed Dairy State nuances – beer and cheese - with a twist of Irish.
The caper began to unravel when a homeowner returned from work. He realized he had forgotten to lock the front door. And now, as he tried to open it, there was someone on the other side intent on keeping it shut. Determined to find out what was going on, the victim used the weight of his body to push forth, and that is when he came face-to-face with an intruder.
It was a woman, and she had his backpack slung over her shoulder. It contained his laptop computer. He reclaimed the backpack, and pushed her outside, ordering the suspect to stay put while police were called.
She responded by eating a chunk of cheese, cheese that had been in the victim's refrigerator.
By the time officers arrived, remnants of the dairy product had been tossed, and witnesses were directing police to a bike path and into some woods where the woman had fled.
They not only spotted her hiding, they could smell her, and what they whiffed was surprisingly pleasant.
In the woman's pocket was an unopened can Guinness. The victim said one was missing from his home.
She also had other items believed to have been stolen: money and electronics.
While officers were taking inventory, she asked about her cell phone. She thought it too was in a pocket, but police could not find it. So they called her number, and back at the victim's home a phone began to ring inside a living room cabinet. It had been rifled through during the burglary and now contained the suspect's phone.
It was an unusual burglary, to say the least. In fact, the suspect seemed quite pleased with its outcome, saying several times to officers: "What does it take to get arrested around here."
While the Guinness can was full, it did appear she had been drinking.
The puzzled victim told police the stranger not only stole his cheese and beer, but he believes she also used his bathroom, and entered his daughter's bedroom. That is where the essence of freshly sprayed perfume hung in the air.
Not that more clues were necessarily needed, but the fragrance was a match. The suspect and the bedroom smelled the same, and it was the scent of a woman that helped make the case.

Released 04/22/2015 at 1:51 PM by PIO Joel Despain

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