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CrimeTracker15: Man charged with purse theft

Demetrius Smith

Demetrius Smith

Posted Saturday, January 11, 2014 --- 7:20 a.m.

According to the Madison Police Department, 18-year-old Demetrius Smith was arrested after allegedly stealing a woman's purse.

A woman reported that her purse was taken from a laundromat on Verona Road in Madison, on December 30th. The evidence, included surveillance photos of the suspect wearing distinctive clothing, officials said.

On Friday, January 10th, an officer was on a routine patrol on State Street and recognized the suspect from the photos and the case became more clear as the suspect was again wearing the same distinctive clothing.

From the time of the theft to the time of the arrest, the suspect, identified as Demetrius Smith, used the stolen credit cards from the purse several times. Smith was charged with theft and taken to the Dane County Jail.

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