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Pair robs woman who gave them a ride, police say

A woman who offered a casual acquaintance a ride Friday night because of the cold was robbed, police said.

Madison police said a woman was driving on Commercial Avenue and Pulley Drive on Madison's east side when she saw someone she knew walking with another person.

According to the report, the woman asked the man and woman if they'd like a ride to get out of the cold at about 8:20 p.m. The two got in the car, and after a short distance, the man threatened to shoot the driver.

The woman pulled over and the robbers fled with the driver's wallet. Police said no injuries were reported and no weapon was seen.

Zoo announces new polar bears

The Henry Vilas Zoo announced the addition of two polar bears to the new "Arctic Passage" exhibit set to open this summer.

Suka and Sakari are 2 1/2-year-old twins that will come from the Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Once they arrive, the Henry Vilas Zoo will house two of only 60 polar bears in Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos in North America.

A release from the zoo states that the new exhibit is designed to meet or exceed "the most stringent standards in bear care."

The Arctic Passage exhibit is on schedule to open Memorial Day weekend.  About $270,000 is still needed to pay for the project.

Reward for stolen car leads to arrest

An 18-year-old Madison man was arrested after responding to a reward poster for a stolen car.

Madison police said a 44-year-old Madison woman had her car stolen when she left it running in a parking lot outside her residence last week. She put up reward posters around her apartment complex on North Thompson Drive offering $2,000.

A man called and offered to meet the woman near the Hy-Vee on East Washington Avenue Tuesday night. Police said he told the woman he could lead her to her stolen car and he had the key.

Police were there when the meeting happened and Lashaun D. Cole, 18, was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and bail jumping.

Clerks spot masked man, lock doors

Madison police say alert clerks likely prevented the robbery of the gas station they were working in when they spotted someone suspicious and locked the doors.

Officers were called to the Citgo station at 4905 Commercial Ave. at 10:53 p.m. Saturday after the store clerks spotted a man wearing a skull mask about to enter the store.

Police said the business has had robberies before, and employees were on the lookout for another possible holdup.

The clerks locked the doors and the masked man walked away when he couldn’t get in, according to police.

MPD: Armed gas station robber may have been casing other business

Police believe man who robbed an east side gas station at gunpoint was casing another business minutes before the Saturday night robbery.

Madison police responded to reports of an armed robbery at the PDQ at 4741 Lien Road just after 11 p.m., officials said. A man armed with a handgun demanded money and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured.

The robber was reportedly seen casing another nearby business, but an employee was able to secure the main entrance to the business so he couldn’t get inside, according to the release.

The man is described as white, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin build. His age is unknown, but he was last seen wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt and a ski mask. In addition to the handgun, he was carrying a backpack.

Madison police ask anyone with information to contact the Madison Police Department or the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

$2,800 worth of pants taken from Buckle

About $2,800 worth of pants were taken during an early-morning burglary at a store at East Towne Mall.

Employees of the Buckle told police someone pulled up a security gate a few inches and got into the store early Wednesday.

Twenty pairs of Rock Revival jeans were taken, according to Madison police.

Cab slammed into by hit-and-run driver

Cab slammed into by hit-and-run driver

A taxi driver was not seriously injured when a hit-and-run driver slammed into him.

It happened at around 1:15 Friday morning on S. Stoughton Road.

The collision caused significant damage to the cab.

The car that smashed into the cab rolled over, but the driver ran away before police arrived.

The driver has not been located.