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Police investigate string of burglaries

Police investigate string of burglaries

Middleton police thanked the public for its help identifying a man from a photograph Wednesday and said the department's investigation is ongoing.

On Wednesday morning, Middleton police provided a photo and asked for help identifying the man pictured. Police said officers were seeking the man in connection with multiple burglaries in the city.

The Middleton Police Department said it responded to reports of three residential burglaries in the 2100 block of Gateway Street North from March 4 through Monday.

Police said investigators said the man pictured was a person of interest who was believed to be in the area around the time of one of the burglaries.

On Thursday morning, police said the man was identified and the investigation continues.

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

County approves additional funding to increase emergency radio coverage

The Dane County Board of Supervisors approved an additional $3.75 million in funding Thursday to increase radio coverage in rural areas and inside large buildings, according to a release.

The allocation was approved as part of a larger resolution approving the issuing of bonds to pay for commitments already approved in the 2015 capital budget, officials said. The new funding is in addition to the $3 million already dedicated to improvements in the DaneCom radio system.

News 3 reported in December that parts of DaneCom would be taken offline at the beginning of 2015 to determine if the county’s new emergency communication system was causing emergency radio problems.

Officials seek woman in near-overdose incident at Arby's

Officials seek woman in near-overdose incident at Arby's

Officials are looking to talk with a woman who fled before paramedics arrived to revive a man who was overdosing on a street drug at a Middleton restaurant Friday.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said deputies and Middleton EMS responded to a report of an unconscious man who was not breathing and found in the men's bathroom at the Arby's on Gammon Road at 9:36 a.m.

Middleton paramedics administered the anti-opiate drug Narcan to 32-year-old Jesse L. Sparks, of Madison, who was overdosing on heroin, according to the report.

Sparks was taken to the hospital.

The sheriff's office said a woman was with Sparks in the restroom but fled before first responders arrived. Deputies would like to speak with the woman. 

Sparks consented to a blood draw and the sheriff's office referred a possession of heroin charge to the Dane County District Attorney's Office.

Mailbox theft rising in Middleton

According to an alert to Middleton area businesses this week, there has been an increase in stolen mail from business mailboxes in the Middleton area.

The alert said the thefts appear to be part of a group that steals business checks and creates authentic-looking false checks, that are then cashed by group members, who give most of the proceeds to the leader. The subjects cashing the check generally provide their actual IDs, and attempt to do so at a variety of Middleton-area banks.

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.