Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 --- 9:30p.m.
From Columbia County Sheriff's Department facebook:
A white male driving an older 80’s style mini-van stopped at a City of Portage residence and knocked on the door. The homeowner answered the door and the suspicious male subject told the homeowner he had been selected to receive free groceries and gas for the year. The homeowner asked the suspicious male for the homeowners address and the suspicious male could not provide it without looking for the number on the house. The homeowner had not entered any contest related to this offer and felt the subject suspicious. The homeowner had been in a different part of the home when the suspicious subject knocked on the door. It is possible that the suspicious subject believed no one was home.
Columbia County has recently experienced several burglaries. It is common for burglars to try and determine if a resident is home prior to committing a burglary. It is unknown if this subject intended to commit a crime.
As always please secure your residences and report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement. If you have any information about this incident or any crime please call your local law enforcement or Columbia County at 608-742-4166. You may also call crime stoppers at 1 800-293-TIPS.
Posted: Saturday, October 27, 2012 --- 2:30p.m.
Information from Columbia County Sheriff's Department facebook:
Columbia County has experienced several residential burglaries in the past several weeks. Many of the burglaries were daytime burglaries where the front door was forced open. It is believed that some nighttime burglaries where residents were home and asleep at the time are related. Many of the burglaries happened in close proximity to State Highways. The suspects are stealing el
ectronics, jewelry and firearms.
Other possible related crimes:
Dodge County has recently experienced some nighttime burglaries in recent weeks to businesses where safes were stolen.
Sauk County has had three recent daytime burglaries where electronics, jewelry, firearms and female shampoo was taken. A small blue car was observed in the area. It is unknown if the Blue Car is related.
Residents are cautioned:
Residents should be certain to secure their homes when gone and report any suspicious behavior in their neighborhood.
If you have any information related to this crime or another you may call the Detective Division at 608-742-4166 or crime stoppers at 1 800-293-TIPS. Callers to crime stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for an award.