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Incident Report for Case #2018-34040

Incident Type

Non-Residential Burglary

Incident Date

01/28/2018 - 1:14 AM


901 E. Johnson St. (Burnie's Rock Shop)


Richard A. Lynch, age 53, Madison
Suspect was arrested for burglary.


(Third update)

The City of Madison Burglary Crimes Unit and City of Madison Engineers recovered stolen merchandise from Burnie's Rock Shop underwater in Starkweather Creek Tuesday morning. The merchandise was inside a bag under four feet of water and mud. The suspect, Richard Lynch, told Det. Tracie Jokala he had left the bag in a sewer outlet near a bridge over the creek. Det. Jokala initially checked the site described by the suspect herself, but with the water high she called in another favor from City Engineering.


"They've helped us twice now," said Det. Jokala. "We had another case where we hoped to recover some bullet casings but didn't end up finding them so this case was nice – it's such a big win to recover these items for Burnie's."


Det. Jokala said City Engineer Steve Mckenzie came out to the bridge in the 3000 block of East Washington Ave. along with other city staff who snaked a camera down the sewer outlet described by the suspect. The bag was not visible at the end of the pipe, leading to Mckenzie donning some waders and jumping in the creek to check by hand. Using a flashlight he eventually located the small bag containing the stolen items exclaiming, "I got it!"

According to Det. Jokala the merchandise was worth more than $10,000 and included several hundred pieces of jewelry which City of Madison Police Department Interns will be sorting through and documenting.

(Second update)

Detectives from the MPD's Burglary Crime Unit arrested a 53-year-old Madison man for the burglary this afternoon. Richard A. Lynch was already in custody for a parole violation and now faces tentative charges of burglary, possession of burglarious tools and felony theft. BCU detectives are still working to recover the stolen merchandise. Anyone with information is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.

(First update)

A description and surveillance photo have been added to this Incident Report. It is believed the burglar injured a hand or arm while committing the crime. Tips can be called into Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608)266-6014.

Last updated 07/10/2018 at 7:27 PM by PIO Kimberly Alan


 Employees at Burnie's Rock Shop, 901 E. Johnson St., estimate a burglar got away with tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise during a weekend break-in.

The MPD was called to an alarm around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. Officers found a window to the business shattered as well as glass to a display case. A concrete landscaping brick was found inside, as was blood, and it appears the crook was injured during the commission of the crime. Anyone with information is urged to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.

Released 01/29/2018 at 10:17 AM by PIO Joel Despain

The location shown is approximate & may not be accurate.

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