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.