Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2014 --- 11:23 a.m.
Madison Police say a suspected thief was caught red-handed trying to steal a laptop from a Madison law firm.
A manager at the Axley law firm at 2 E. Mifflin St. left a meeting Tuesday morning. She was returning to her office when she found a stranger coming out of it holding her laptop, iPhone and makeup bag.
The manager confronted the man, but he said he was trying to return the items to their rightful owner.
He claimed he had come to Axley in search of a lawyer for a relative. He said he encountered a man who dropped the victim's property. He said he picked it up and was doing the right thing, and that this was just a misunderstanding.
Staff at Axley and responding police officers didn't buy it, especially after finding out the man had another laptop. He claimed he bought the second one at Best Buy.
After turning on the computer, police discovered whoever owned it had been using it to Skype. Police asked the suspect if he Skyped with anyone. He had a hard time explaining that. He reportedly told police he didn't know what Skype is.
It turned out the computer belonged to a 76-year-old woman who has an office inside 30 W. Mifflin Street. The laptop was stolen a short time before the attempted crime at Axley.
A staff member told police she had encountered the suspect roaming in their building a couple of weeks ago. Officers believe he was casing the place.
Police say the suspect struggled with officers after they told him he was going to jail. Police later found out the man had many items with other people's names on them, including a VISA card.
Officers determined the card had been inside a backpack stolen off of a Madison Metro bus last October. Police checked surveillance video, and the man taking the backpack appeared to be the same suspect.
Officers arrested 21-year-old Adrian Jamison for felony theft, attempt to commit theft, resisting/obstructing and on a probation hold.