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Man Faces Retail Theft, Drug Charges After Pawning Stolen Merchandise, Police Say

Man Faces Retail Theft, Drug Charges After Pawning Stolen Merchandise, Police Say

A Best Buy loss prevention employee called police the East Towne Mall location on Saturday after a man shoplifted a $650 camcorder, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said the man, Andrew J. Brechtl, 25, of Madison, was found at a nearby business. They said he had heroin, syringes and other drug paraphernalia in his pockets, as well as a Pawn America receipt for the sale of the camcorder.

Staff at Pawn America said Brechtl was paid $175 for the camcorder. He was also in possession of other pawn receipts for electronics and jewelry, police said.

Brechtl faces charges of retail theft, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police Investigate Attempted Robbery At Bank Drive-Thru

Police Investigate Attempted Robbery At Bank Drive-Thru

A 54-year-old Madison man called police after he was approached by two men while using a drive-thru ATM at the UW Credit Union on Commercial Avenue, Madison police said.

The man told police that two men approached by from the behind his car at about 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. He said he noticed that one of the men was carrying a handgun.

The man immediately drove away and called police, officials said.

When officers responded to the area they found two men who matched the description of the suspects, police said. They said they recovered a stolen revolver.

No one was injured in this incident and no shots were fired, police said.

The names of the men are not being released as the investigation continues.

Madison Purse Snatching Suspect Arrested In Indiana

Madison Purse Snatching Suspect Arrested In Indiana

Authorities say the woman accused of snatching the purse of an 87-year-old Madison shopper may be connected to a similar theft in another state.

The victim had just left the east side Walmart, 4198 Nakoosa Trail, on Thursday when she said the suspect approached her in the parking lot and offered to help her load groceries into her SUV. After the Madison woman said, "no, thank you," the suspect grabbed her purse from the cart and ran away.

Some of the Madison woman's belongings were located on Friday by a member of the Maquoketa Police Department in Iowa. The officer contacted Madison police after investigating a similar purse snatching at their local Walmart. The stolen purse in that case was found 10 miles south of Maquoketa and included items belonging to the Madison victim, investigators said.

Madison Nonprofit Victimized By Burglars

Madison Nonprofit Victimized By Burglars

Two large-screen televisions were stolen from a nonprofit group that helps adults with developmental disabilities.

On Friday, Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers on Lien Road had a 60-inch television valued at $1,995 and a 42-inch television valued at $1,200 stolen, police said. 

There was no sign of forced entry, and it is possible someone had a key to get in after hours, police said.

According to the group’s website, Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers is the largest provider of community and center-based employment, day services and personal care for adults with developmental disabilities in Dane County. Officials said they support nearly 300 adults at five Dane County locations and at 100 community-based job sites. 

If you have information on the crime, call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Unconscious Woman Found In Convenience Store Bathroom

Unconscious Woman Found In Convenience Store Bathroom

A 21-year-old woman found unconscious in a convenience store bathroom was revived by emergency responders on Thursday afternoon.

Police said Melane Kolodziej, of Madison, had a syringe in her purse and heroin paraphernalia in the trash when crews arrived at the Open Pantry store on South Park Street.

Kolodziej was revived and transported to a hospital where she cried while explaining how she is struggling to kick a drug habit, police said.

Kolodziej faces charges of possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. They said she also faces drunken driving charges stemming from an incident last May after she was found slumped over the wheel in the middle of traffic on Buckeye Road on Madison's far east side.

Police said Kolodziej also admitted to shoplifting in the past to get cash.

Man's Identifiable Teeth Leads To Retail Theft Arrest

Man's Identifiable Teeth Leads To Retail Theft Arrest

A man with bright silver teeth was spotted putting cigarettes and other items inside his coat at a Walgreens on East Washington Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said Ronald Watson, 47, of Madison, was seen at the Walgreens at 2909 E. Washington Ave. at about 2:20 p.m. Store managers spotted him shoving merchandise into his jacket including two cartons of cigarettes, which he had to reach behind the counter to grab, police said.

When confronted, the suspect turned over some razors, saying he was sorry and that was all he had taken, police said. About that time, he bent over, and carton of cigarettes fell from his clothing, they said. A manager asked him to open his coat, and another carton tumbled forth, police said.

The suspect next handed over a DVD player he had tucked into his sweatshirt or trousers and then left, police said.

Madison Police Search For 3 Suspects Following Retail Theft

Madison Police Search For 3 Suspects Following Retail Theft

Madison Police are looking for three suspects in connection with a retail theft that happened Nov. 30 at the East Towne Mall.

The 24-year-old store manager told police the group of female thieves had threatened to beat her before leaving East Towne’s Victoria’s Secret with $600 worth of merchandise.

The female victim said she recognized the women because of past disturbances in the store.

She said her staff offered to help them, but they were dismissive and loud. The group said they hated “white people.”

The manager then told the women they needed to monitor their words as they were disturbing other customers.

She said one of the suspects then got in her face and threatened her with bodily harm.

She said the women then grabbed merchandise and ran from the store.