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Police: Woman from surveillance photo cleared of wrongdoing

Police: Woman from surveillance photo cleared of wrongdoing

Police said Saturday that the woman officers had sought in connection with a credit card theft in Middleton was cleared of wrongdoing.

The Middleton Police Department sent an alert Friday sharing a surveillance photo of a woman officers wanted to identify in connection with a stolen wallet and credit card case from mid-January. Police had asked for the public's help Friday in identifying the woman.

Police said Saturday that officers were provided the wrong video for the timeframe by the store and the woman pictured was identified and was not related to the case. 

Police are investigating a report of a wallet that was stolen from a patron at a business on the 2500 block of Allen Boulevard in Middleton at about noon on Jan. 19. A customer told police she left her purse unattended briefly and later discovered that her wallet had been stolen.

A short time later, some of the credit cards that were in the stolen wallet were reportedly used, police said.

Burglars targeting homes in rural Dane County

Burglars targeting homes in rural Dane County

Burglars are targeting homes in rural areas of western Dane County, according to a release from the Dane County Sheriff's Office.

Three burglaries were reported Wednesday night and one on Tuesday night. The burglars forced their way into homes and took jewelry, precious coins, electronics, cash and firearms, authorities said.

Witnesses told deputies that the burglars might be knocking on doors of homes first to see if anyone is there. If someone answers the door, they ask for directions to a nearby town and then leave.

The burglaries occurred in the towns of Dane, Middleton, Cross Plains and Oregon.

Deputies are asking residents to immediately report anything suspicious by calling 911. They're hoping to get a vehicle description or license plate information. Businesses are asked to watch for and question customers who consistently sell large amounts of coins or jewelry.

Police ask for help identifying theft suspects

Police ask for help identifying theft suspects

Police are asking the public's help in identifying two men in connection with a theft at a local drug store Monday afternoon. 

The Middleton Police Department provided two surveillance images depicting two men inside the Middleton Walgreens at about 3:30 p.m. 

Sgt. Don Mueller said diapers were stolen from the store. The total worth of the merchandise taken was not immediately clear. 

Police asked anyone who recognizes the men pictured or with information in the theft to call or text 608-824-7300 and mention case number 14-6811. 

Police ask help to ID woman who stole donations

Police ask help to ID woman who stole donations

Middleton police asked help identifying a woman who allegedly stole a box of donated money from a Middleton business counter. 

The Middleton Police Department shared a surveillance image of the woman on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.

Middleton police Sgt. Don Mueller said the woman reportedly stole a donation box for the UW Children's Foundation from the Milio's Sandwiches on the 6200 block of University Avenue on Nov. 26.

Police said the woman is black and between 40-50 years old. Mueller said an exact amount of money in the donation box was not known, but it's estimated there was between $20-30 in it when it was taken. 

Anyone with information about the woman's identity or the theft from Milio's is asked to call or text Middleton police at 608-824-7300. 

Suspected drunken driver almost hits police car on Beltline

Suspected drunken driver almost hits police car on Beltline

A man faces drug charges after almost hitting a police car while an officer was conducting a crash investigation Saturday night on the Beltline.

Around 10:20 p.m. Middleton police were investigating a crash on Highway 12 at Greenway Boulevard that shut down the inside westbound lane, officials said.

During the crash investigation a vehicle driven by Rondale L. Harris, 31, of Madison, was driving west in the inside lane and almost hit a fully-marked squad car with emergency lights on, according to the release.

Harris was stopped, and police said he was intoxicated and had numerous baggies of THC. He was subsequently arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and felony possession with intent to deliver THC.

Skate park temporarily shut down due to vandalism

Skate park temporarily shut down due to vandalism

The Middleton Skateboard Park has been temporarily closed due to vandalism, according to a news alert.

Vandals covered the park in graffiti Aug. 3, but city crews cleaned it up. Vandals hit the park again on Thursday, but this time they also took a sewer grate, which is about a foot in diameter, officials said.

The graffiti has been cleaned up, but the sewer grate won’t be replaced until Monday at the earliest, which is why the park has been closed.

Officials said the graffiti was mostly profanity.

There are security cameras at the park, so authorities are trying to identify individuals involved.

No arrests were made in connection to the vandalism as of Friday afternoon.

Police: Man uses car seat to steal liquor

Police: Man uses car seat to steal liquor

Police asked for help identifying a man and woman pictured in five surveillance images the department released Friday. Police said the man used an infant car seat to take alcohol from an area gas station.

The Middleton Police Department said officers are trying to locate the vehicle or the pair pictured in connection with two recent retail thefts.

The five images show a man and woman exiting a silver or gray vehicle. The man is carrying a baby's car seat with a blanket draped over it and the woman is carrying a tan handbag.

Sgt. Don Mueller said the man and woman are suspected of stealing multiple bottles of liquor from the Kelly Mobil gas station on University Green Thursday night.

Mueller said according to the report, at about 8 p.m. the man put bottles of liquor in the infant carrier and the woman put bottles in her bag and neither paid for the alcohol.