UW-Madison Police investigating “bold” theft, seek public's help

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Posted Thursday, February 6, 2014 --- 12:13 p.m.

UW-Madison Police are asking for the public's help as they investigate what authorities are calling a 'bold' theft case.

On Wednesday, February 5th, A UW-Madison student was studying with friends at the Lakefront on Langdon Café, which is at the Memorial Union.

A man walked up to the table the woman was seated at, grabbed her laptop computer and ran. He said nothing.

Witnesses say they had seen the suspect about 20 minutes earlier acting suspicious, and possibly scoping out the area for potential targets.

UWPD says that while there was no weapon or implied threat, they are concerned about the bold nature of the crime. They are reminding the campus community to always be aware of your surroundings, and immediately call police when something or someone seems suspicious.

Police are releasing photos of the suspect. Officers describe him as a black male, thin build, wearing a green camouflage jacket with red hooded sweatshirt under the jacket, blue jeans, dark shoes and a striped red white and black stocking cap. A possible second suspect is described as a Latino male, heavyset build, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and white shoes.

If you have any information about this crime, call UWPD at (608) 264-COPS.

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