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Police: Teen leads officers on brief car, foot chase

Police: Teen leads officers on brief car, foot chase

Police said a teen stole a vehicle leading to a more than 3 mile vehicle and foot pursuit on Madison's east side Friday morning.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said a 16-year-old stole a vehicle on the 5200 block of Maher Avenue at about 7:10 a.m. The car owner had started the vehicle to warm it up when the teen jumped into it and drove off.

Officers spotted the car near Winnebago and First streets and pursued it, DeSpain said. During the chase, the teen crashed the car into a couple parked vehicles in the 2100 block of Bashford Avenue and took off on foot.

Officers followed and took him into custody, according to the report.

Pizza place robbed by gunman

Pizza place robbed by gunman

An armed man robbed a Papa John?s Pizza on Wednesday night.

Madison police were called to the restaurant at 2604 E. Washington Ave. at 9:12 p.m. for a report of a robbery.

Officers said the man entered the business with a handgun and removed money from the till and a safe before fleeing.

The robber is described at black, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 170-200 pounds and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a nylon mask.

Tow truck driver thwarts would-be robber, officials say

Tow truck driver thwarts would-be robber, officials say

A tow truck driver was robbed while loading a car onto his truck Wednesday night on Madison's east side, according to a release.

The tow truck driver told police the robber put an unknown object into his back and demanded his wallet around 7:35 p.m. at Firestone Auto Care at 4201 Lien Road.

The driver was able to hit the robber, causing him to stumble backward, according to the release. The robber then fled toward East Towne Mall without the man's wallet.

Police said the robber is still at large. He is described as black, in his 20s, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed about 160 pounds.

Police: Man brandishes tire iron during robbery

Police: Man brandishes tire iron during robbery

A robber fled with an undisclosed amount of money after brandishing a tire iron at an east side store Wednesday night, Madison police said.

Officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Tobacco Outlet Plus at 3868 E. Washington Ave. around 7:45 p.m., according to a release.

The robber demanded money from two female clerks after removing something similar to a tire iron from his waistband, police said. The robber also grabbed one of the clerks and pushed her, but she was not injured.

The man, who fled east away from the store, is described as white and in his 30s. He was wearing a plaid jacket or hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a bandana covering his face.

Cab driver robbed at gunpoint on near east side

Cab driver robbed at gunpoint on near east side

A woman pretending to be a customer robbed a Green Cab driver at gunpoint Monday night, Madison police said.

A woman called Green Cab to pick her up in front of an address in the 100 block of Rosemary Avenue around 7:35 p.m., according to a release. When the cab driver arrived, the woman asked for help with a bag.

When the driver got out of the car, the woman pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded the driver's wallet, police said. The woman also took some money that was in the driver's side front door.

The woman then told the driver to get back into the car and drive away, according to the release. A K-9 track was conducted, but it ended in the 3100 block of Webb Avenue.

The woman is described as black, approximately 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. She was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and had a lip piercing.

Woman makes 3 drive-thru purchases using 3 fake $20s, police say

Woman makes 3 drive-thru purchases using 3 fake $20s, police say

A woman went through an east Madison fast-food drive-thru paying with counterfeit bills three times in the same day, according to police. 

The Madison Police Department said a woman used fake $20 bills to purchase inexpensive food items at Wendy's on East Washington Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The woman, driving an older red SUV, made three separate purchases within an hour.

The manager going through the cash from the till found the fake bills and called police, according to the report. The manager said the restaurant's protocol is to ink test large bills, but the three bills that were accepted were not tested.

The woman is described as white, in her 20s to 30s, with long dirty blonde hair and a tattoo on her upper right chest.

Two of the fake $20s had the serial number JE58590236C; the other bill had the number JD95368601C, police said.

Police use tire deflation device to stop suspected impaired driver

Police use tire deflation device to stop suspected impaired driver

Police said officers had to use a tire-deflation device to stop a reportedly impaired driver on the north side of Madison early Saturday.

Madison police said an officer attempted to pull over 27-year-old Chaz Morris, of Madison, on suspicion of speeding as he drove on East Washington Avenue and Reindahl Avenue at 12:37 a.m.

Morris did not stop and fled the officer, according to the report. Another officer was nearby the pursuit and was able to put a tire-deflation device in the roadway that Morris drove over, deflating the vehicles front tires.

Morris pulled over and fled from the car on foot, police said. Officers chased Morris and were able to take him into  custody.

Police said Morris smelled of marijuana and officers found several bags of marijuana on him.

Morris was charged with operating while impaired, possession with intent to deliver, eluding, obstructing and several traffic offenses, according to the report.