Alert clerk's detective work and thief's gaffe lead to arrest

Posted Monday, August 26, 2013 --- 5:01 p.m.

An alert State St. clerk's detective work and a suspected thief's gaffe helped Madison Police make an arrest.

The incident happened August 16th at Tech Heroes.

A man entered and asked to buy two iPods with a credit card. The name “Kieran” was on the credit card.

The clerk knew who Kieran was, and he was not the man trying to make the purchase. The clerk asked the would-be buyer how he came across the card, and the suspect said Kieran was his stepmother. The clerk knew Kieran was a man.

Turns out, the credit card was a company card, and had been stolen from an unlocked company truck just hours before.

When the clerk discovered the man was trying to use Kieran's card, he didn't hand over one of the iPods. But the suspect ran away with the other one.

The clerk discovered the man had written his real name on the credit slip. The clerk also took a digital photo of him. He also looked the name up on Facebook, and found another picture of the suspect.

A police officers tried to find the suspect, who was identified as 19-year-old Jake Woelffer, but the address that was on file turned out to be old.

The same officer spotted Woelffer on State Street this past Saturday. He was stopped, and police say he had the stolen wallet that had contained Kieran's credit card on it.

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