Man allegedly steals jacket from Downtown Madison Ambassador

Posted Friday, February 14, 2014 --- 4:40 p.m.

Madison Police have arrested a man who allegedly stole a jacket from a Downtown Madison Ambassador.

The theft happened at the Downtown Visitor Center at 452 State St. on February 8th.

A 64-year-old woman was working in the center when a visitor walked into the reception area. He saw the woman's jacket, and said he was its rightful owner.

The Ambassador assured him that was not the case, and held it up to try and prove it to him. That's when the man “launched himself onto the counter, reached out with both hands, and violently yanked it away,” according to the victim.

The woman and a couple of bystanders tried to stop the thief, but he got away. The thief was recorded on some downtown surveillance cameras, and an officer was able to identify the suspect.

Wednesday afternoon, the officer was monitoring some of the cameras as he wrote up a probable cause affidavit calling for the man's arrest. As he was writing, he heard a call for a “man down.” On the camera he saw the man was already up, and the officer could see he was the suspected jacket thief.

Police on scene took the man into custody. 41-year-old William Hunter, Jr. was arrested for theft. He allegedly had two open bottles of alcohol and an almost empty pack of synthetic marijuana at the time of arrest.

The jacket was returned to the Downtown Visitor Center Thursday.

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