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Homeowner wallops would-be thief with flashlight, police say
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Homeowner wallops would-be thief with flashlight, police say

A Madison man was treated for facial injuries and cited with attempted theft after police said he was rifling through a car on the city's east side early Thursday.

There had been a rash of car break-ins recently in the Valor Way neighborhood, so when a 31-year old man living on the 4800 block of Valor Way heard his car alarm blaring shortly after 3 a.m., he grabbed a flashlight and went out to investigate, Madison police said.

There was no one near his car, but he told police he saw a person inside his neighbor's vehicle.

Police said the man in the vehicle was 30-year-old Travis P. Sackett.

Sackett was rummaging through a purse, police said. When Sackett exited the car, the homeowner questioned him, according to the report. Sackett claimed he lived at the residence and had just moved in the day prior. The homeowner told police he knows his neighbors well and that the stranger was lying.

The homeowner told police Sackett lunged at him and he was afraid Sackett might be armed. Fearing for his safety, he swung the flashlight and hit Sackett's face. Police officers were already on their way, as the witness had told his wife to call 911 before he ventured outside. The homeowner held Sackett down until officers arrived.

Sackett was taken to a hospital for facial injuries, and was cited on suspicion of attempted theft and disorderly conduct, according to the report.

Police also said Sackett is on probation and his agent was notified of his arrest.

University of Wisconsin-Madison police spokesman Marc Lovicott confirmed that Sackett was formerly a security supervisor with the department. Lovicott said Sackett was arrested on suspicion of felony theft in 2012. Sackett resigned and has not been affiliated with UWPD for more than a year, Lovicott said.

Online court records indicate Sackett lived in the Valor Way neighborhood as recently as March 2013.

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