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UPDATE: Madison Police investigate more west side burglaries


UPDATED Thursday, April 1, 2014 --- 11:30 a.m.

Madison Police responded to three burglary calls Wednesday night in the same area several other residential burglaries have taken place in the last several weeks.

The April 2st calls came between 9:00 and 10:30 p.m.

The first call came after a resident returned home in the 1300 block of Frisch Rd. to find a garage door kicked in. The door between his garage and kitchen was also forced open. Electronics, money and prescription drugs were stolen.

A second call came in for a home in the 6700 block of Jacobs Way. A neighbor reported seeing a suspicious person lurking around a house next-door. He was described as black male, wearing a dark hoodie, dark hat and dark jeans. Officers discovered a rock had been thrown through a patio door, but no entry was made. Officers say the neighbor's actions caused the burglar to run away.

A third call came from a home in the 6500 block of Piping Rock Road. A front door had been pushed in and valuable were found to have been moved by not taken. Police believe the burglary was interrupted.

A police dog track indicated criminals were likely moving around in backyards and green spaces behind homes.

Madison Police say resolving these break-ins is a top priority for the West District. They are using additional resources and strategies to try and solve these crimes and identifying any suspects.

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UPDATED Thursday, March 27, 2014 --- 5:17 p.m.

A rash of burglaries is hitting Madison and Fitchburg. Four calls came in Tuesday night-all on the west end.

In three of the situations the burglar broke down the back door of the house and in once situation got in through a window.

Cash, electronics and jewelry were taken.

Madison Police say this is the second cluster of similar burglaries in the same general area in the past few weeks. Officers say residents should report suspicious activity immediately.

And with all the burglaries, are families worried about packing up and heading on that spring break vacation? We look into what some local PD's do to make sure your stuff stays safe while your gone.

With the snow and rain we've had, it's hard not to want to hop on a plane to sunny Florida and forget about the Wisconsin weather. But it's a little bit harder to forget about your belongings you're leaving behind.

"We're kind of an extra set of eyes and ears."

Officer Jay Wilson has been on the job 30 years. He says when it comes to vacation break ins, Fitchburg PD is on it.

"Each shift and officer assigned to the district the person lives in tries to stop by the home and we just check to make sure the house is secure, check the doors and windows."

He says all it takes is a call, or heading into the department to fill out a form. Letting them know how long you'll be gone, which lights you're planning on leaving on, and who to call if anything happens.

"We just look and make sure none of the glass is broken and none of the doors are standing ajar."

But Wilson says, they can't do it all. He says if things get busy the checks could be put off, so he says it's smart to have someone else looking out too.

"We also recommend that if you do know your neighbors that neighbors look out for neighbors neighborhood watch that they can keep an eye on each others homes when they're gone."

If you don't live in Fitchburg, we called around to see which other cities do checks.

Baraboo, Mount Horeb, Platteville, and Portage will all check around your house when your gone if you call in or fill out a form.

Deforest, Dodgeville, McFarland, Monroe, Oregon, Sun Prairie, Town of Madison, and Verona will all drive by the house if you call or let them know you will be out of town.
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Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 --- 3:45 p.m.

Madison and Fitchburg Police are investigating four similar west side residential burglary calls.

The calls came in between 8:00 and 11:00 Tuesday night.

Officers responded to a home in the 6200 block of Pioneer Rd. shortly after 8:00 after a resident heard a bang in the rear of his home. His back door was shattered, and he believes he scared off a burglar.

A short time later, Fitchburg officers responded to an attempted burglary in the 5200 block of Meadowood Drive. Someone tried to get into a home through a window, but a resident was inside and the burglar fled.

A third burglary was reported around 10:00 when a couple returned to their home in the 2200 block of Whitney Way. They found their rear door kicked in. Cash, electronics and jewelry were taken.

An hour later, residents of a house in the 5900 block of Riva Rd. returned home and discovered a burglar got in through a rear door.

Madison Police say this is the second cluster of similar burglaries in the same general area in the past few weeks. Officers say residents should report suspicious activity immediately.

Anyone with information should call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.


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