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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.

Man Accused Of 6th OWI

Man Accused Of 6th OWI

A Madison man has been accused of his sixth drunken driving charge after he was pulled over for speeding on Highway 51 Thursday night.

Authorities said Todd A. Brown, 45, was pulled over at about 10:40 p.m. near Pflaum Road.

The Dane County Sheriff's deputy said he was able to catch up to the speeding vehicle and make the traffic stop near Buckeye Road.

Brown was also cited for speeding. Authorities said he was traveling 84 mph in a 55-mph zone. 

Man With Gun Threatens Bouncer At Madison Bar

Man With Gun Threatens Bouncer At Madison Bar

A 21-year-old man was told to leave Club LaMark on Madison's far east side after causing a problem, according to Madison police.

Police said Justin C. Garcia returned a short time later, but was refused entry by the bouncer. Police were called just before 9:30 p.m. after Garcia made threats to the bouncer while displaying a handgun.

Garcia and the bouncer struggled, then Garcia ran away toward the rear of another business, police said. 

Officers said they found Garcia in the area. He was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested Near East Towne Mall

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested Near East Towne Mall

A man entered a gas station on East Washington Avenue Monday evening, pointed a gun at an employee and two customers and demanded money, according to the Madison Police Department.

Police said John Hoffman, 18, took the money and left the store. He was followed by another employee for a short time, police said. The employee was able to call police and offer a description of the man.

Hoffman headed toward other area businesses and then went towards the Best Western Hotel, police said.

A Madison police officer, three Dane County Sheriff's Office deputies and an Oregon police officer, who just happened to be in the neighborhood, assisted in taking Hoffman into custody without incident.

Police said they recovered a loaded gun and money.

Authorities recognized the work of all of the law enforcement officers involved for keeping everyone safe as the situation unfolded during a busy time not far from East Town Mall.

Madison Police Ask Residents For Feedback

Madison Police Ask Residents For Feedback

The Madison Police Department said it is looking for input from residents to help make the community safer.

Madison police are once again conducting community surveys to gauge residents' opinions on neighborhood safety and their beliefs regarding the priorities of the Madison Police Department.

The surveys are broken down by police district. Police said the data will help them focus their efforts.

"It's important for us to know what they view as the major issues in their neighborhood, to know if they feel safe; to know if we are doing a good job; if they feel they can work in a team with the police with other stakeholders to fight for positive change in their neighborhoods," said Lt. John Patterson, of the Madison Police Department's West District.

Residents have until the end of December to fill out the survey.

Each police district has its own survey for 2011:

Police Investigate Morning Bank Robbery

Police Investigate Morning Bank Robbery

Madison police are investigating an armed bank robbery that occurred on Saturday morning in the 3300 block of East Washington Avenue.

Police said the man entered the Associated Bank at 3394 E. Washington Ave. and showed a note to the teller demanding money at about 9:35 a.m.

The man implied he had a weapon, although a weapon was not seen, police said.

Police said after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank and headed west on East Washington Avenue.

The man is described as black, in his 40s, about 6 feet, 1 inch tall, 210 pounds with an unshaven face, police said. They said he was last seen wearing a gray or white sweatshirt, dark pants and black baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at608-266-6014.

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.