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MPD Seeks Input Through Survey

MPD Seeks Input Through Survey

Each year, the East Police District ask readers of its newsletter, as well as other residents and business owners, to complete a survey.

The survey is conducted as another way to gauge opinions on neighborhood safety and beliefs regarding the priorities of the Madison Police Department.

Portage Man Suffers Drug Overdose In Fast Food Restaurant Bathroom

Portage Man Suffers Drug Overdose In Fast Food Restaurant Bathroom

The Madison Police and fire departments were dispatched Monday afternoon to a public bathroom inside Arby's in southeast Madison.

They were called to the Arby's located at 4 Collins Court, after a 39-year-old Portage man was found unconscious inside a bathroom stall.

The man was given Narcan and taken to a local hospital, authorities said. There he admitted to shooting heroin in the bathroom, police said.

Police said the man was in and out of consciousness, but was somewhat alert when he made the statement, "I'm an idiot. I'm an idiot. I shouldn't have done that. I'm stupid. I was stupid."

Car Dealership Scam Costs California Man Big

Car Dealership Scam Costs California Man Big

Madison police are warning residents to be aware of a phony car dealership website.

The company, Solan Motors, claims to be located on 350 Atlas Ave. on Madison's far east side.

It offers expensive used cars at discounted prices, but after a California man thought he landed a good deal on an SUV, it quickly became clear it was scam.

Madison police were able to track the website and find the bogus business was based out of the Ukraine, but not before the victim wired $63,000 to a Wells Fargo account that was set up in Madison, police said. The man arrived in Madison on Tuesday to pick up the car, but there was no dealership at the address.

He went went to police, but the money had been removed before police discovered the scam.

The victim said he found what he thought was a deal through Cars.com. The company is no longer appearing on that website.

Counterfeit Bills Passed On Drug Store

Counterfeit Bills Passed On Drug Store

Three counterfeit $20 bills were used at a Walgreen's on East Washington Avenue last week, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the assistant manager of the store at 3710 E. Washington Ave. called police on Oct. 4 to report the phony bills.

Two bills had the serial number 1k08539088C, and one had the serial number gk69201673b, police said.

Anyone with information about the counterfeit money is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Heroin Addiction To Blame For Pair Of Business Robberies, Police Say

Heroin Addiction To Blame For Pair Of Business Robberies, Police Say

A man, who blamed an addiction to heroin for a pair of business-related burglaries, was arrested on a burglary charge on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Madison Police Department.

The man was found in the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn on Madison's far east side with a significant gash on his arm at about 4 p.m., police said.

Wasim Hakim, 19, of Monona, was cooperative and remorseful, police said.

Police said Hakim was linked to the burglary at a hotel as well as a burglary at an auto repair shop on Stewart Street on Madison's south side.

Police said that Hakim smashed a window and stole a safe from the business.

Hakim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his cut prior to going to jail, police said.

He also faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of bail jumping.

Craigslist Posts Lead To Armed Robberies In Grocery Store Parking Lots

Craigslist Posts Lead To Armed Robberies In Grocery Store Parking Lots

Madison police were called to a pair of armed robberies in grocery store parking lots on Thursday, one on the city's far east side and the other on the city's south side. Police said in both cases the victims were responding to a Craigslist ad about buying an iPad.

The first incident occurred at about 11 a.m. at the Copp's at 1312 S. Park St., police said. They said the second occurred at about 2:45 p.m. at the Woodman's at 3817 Milwaukee St.

The man was described as black, about 19 to 25-years-old, abut 6 feet 1 inch tall, between 180 to 190 pounds. The victims said he had a goatee and was wearing a gray sweatshirt, burgundy pants and a black stocking cap. He was carrying a black backpack, and had a yellow and black-handled knife, police said.

Police are urging people to use caution when considering a deal on Craigslist.

Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Overdose Victim Revived, Hospitalized

Overdose Victim Revived, Hospitalized

A 30-year-old Eau Claire woman was revived by paramedics after she was found unresponsive in a public restroom at a fast food restaurant on Thursday night, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the woman was at the Arby's near the Beltline Highway at 4 Collins Court at about 10:15 p.m.

Paramedics revived the woman, police said. She was later taken to the hospital where she indicated that she had ingested heroin, police said.