Police: Madison man arrested after stealing from unlocked cars on city's Near-East Side

Steven M. Willems arrested for theft and for a probation violation on Sept. 3, 2019.
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- A 31-year-old Madison man is behind bars after police say he was entering unlocked vehicles and stealing items in Madison's Near-East Side.

According to Madison Police Department's Public Information Officer, Joel DeSpain, people saw Steven Willems opening unlocked car doors in the area of North Sixth Street and East Mifflin Street around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

DeSpain said officers found Willems with a black athletic bag and Willems admitted to entering the vehicles.

DeSpain said officers are in the process of returning the stolen items.