Madison Police arrest theft suspect during court appearance

Posted Thursday, January 9, 2014 --- 12:37 p.m.

Madison Police arrested a theft suspect inside the Dane Co. Court House Wednesday as she was making an appearance for a previous arrest.

Officers say they used used surveillance video and store records to connect 17-year-old Akayja Retelle to a crime spree in November.

That month, a 31-year-old Madison woman had her wallet stolen while riding a Metro bus. Police say bus video shows Retelle taking an object from the victim's backpack. Hours later, the victim's credit card was used in a West Towne Mall shopping spree.

Police say UGG boots were among the items purchased, and the suspect was wearing them during her court appearance yesterday.

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