CrimeTracker 15: One Arrested After Theft Attempt at Sears Store

POSTED: June 8, 2012 --- 9:45 a.m.

From the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type
Retail Theft

Incident Date
06/07/2012 - 10:24 AM

East Towne Mall (Sears store)

Russell J. Tschopik, age 23, McFarland
Mr. Tschopik was arrested for Retail Theft, Disorderly Conduct, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Brianna L. Hughes, age 21, Madison
Ms. Hughes was cited for Disorderly Conduct.

A Sears security guard tackled a suspected shoplifter and held him down until police arrived at East Towne Mall Thursday morning. While this was happening, the security guard said a female friend of the suspect threatened to stab him if he did not let the man go. The guard ignored her threats.

The suspect had attempted to steal a DVD player. It was evidently his second attempt that morning. Another security guard, from the Nakoosa Trail Walmart store said, 20 minutes earlier, the suspect tried to steal a DVD player from that store, but dropped it and ran when ordered to stop.

Drug paraphernalia commonly used for the ingestion of heroin was found in the suspect's vehicle.

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