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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.

Fitchburg Man Arrested In Connection To Tools, Copper Wire Theft In Madison

Fitchburg Man Arrested In Connection To Tools, Copper Wire Theft In Madison

A Fitchburg man faces theft charges after about $8,000 worth of tools and copper wiring was reported stolen on Tuesday morning, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police were called to All Comfort Services, a company located at 5245 Voges Road on Madison's Far East side, at about 8:15 a.m. after after employees discovered $3,000 worth of tools and $5,000 worth of copper wire had been taken from a company van.

While the MPD was investigating, Fitchburg police called All Comfort Services.

Fitchburg police said they had received a citizen's tip leading them to an SUV containing some of the stolen items. They said the van was parked near a residence where the Kevin L. Jones, 30, of Fitchburg, was staying.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Madison Police Investigate Man's Death

 Madison Police Investigate Man's Death

Madison police are investigating after a 41-year-old man was found dead on the city's far East Side.

The man's body was found about 12 p.m. Tuesday the clearing behind the State Hygiene Lab, at Agriculture Drive and World Dairy Drive.

Police said the cause of death will be determined by the Dane County Coroner's Office.

Madison police said they don't believe there is a threat to the public.

The man's identity is being withheld pending notification of family.

Drunken Driver Pulled Over While Driving Purple Cadillac, Police Say

Drunken Driver Pulled Over While Driving Purple Cadillac, Police Say

A 41-year-old Madison man, pulled over on a sixth offense drunken driving charge, yelled obscenities while struggling with officers Sunday evening, according to the Madison Police Department.

The man was pulled over after weaving in and out of traffic on Atwood Avenue at about 7:15 p.m., police said.

They said the man, later identified as Steven D. Heimann, had three male passengers in the purple Cadillac he was driving.

In addition to the OWI charge, Heimann also faces charges of injuring an officer while resisting arrest, resisting arrest and bail jumping, police said.

Man Falls Asleep During Armed Robbery, Police Say

Man Falls Asleep During Armed Robbery, Police Say

A 36-year-old man, facing a slew of charges, was found asleep on a bus at the East Transfer Point on Madison's far east side Wednesday morning.

Madison police said Gerald R. Hopewell, of Madison, sold fake marijuana, which turned out to be oregano, to another man while at the South Transfer Point on Wednesday morning.

The two men then got on a Metro bus, police said. While traveling, Hopewell started to demand more money from the victim, police said. He then pointed the barrel of a handgun at the man he had just done business with. Luckily for the victim, Hopewell kept nodding off.

Hopewell soon passed out, allowing the victim to grab the cord to stop the bus, police said. He got off and called 911.

Police found Hopewell sound asleep at the East Transfer Point at about 8:30 a.m. Police said they found a .357 magnum handgun from the backpack of the sleeping criminal.

Police Seek Man In Connection To Child Enticement Investigation

Police Seek Man In Connection To Child Enticement Investigation

A 14-year-old girl said a man in a white van called out to her and made lewd remarks as she walking on Madison's far east side, according to the Madison Police Department.

The incident occurred at about 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday in the 600 block of Cottage Grove Road.

Police said the man was originally parked in a gas station parking lot. They said he drove slowly, following the girl with his left hand out the window. The man was mumbling as he kept pace with the girl, police said.

The girl was able to duck away from the sidewalk and get help at the YMCA, police said.

The man is described is white and about late 30s to early 40s with short hair, police said. He was wearing a white T-shirt and driving a white, cargo-style van with tinted back windows and some rust.