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Area police continue to warn residents of IRS scam

Police in two area communities are warning residents of a phone scam that is targeting taxpayers, according to news releases.

Middleton police sent out a news alert Tuesday saying a sophisticated phone scam has been making the rounds throughout the country has now hit the Middleton community.

According to the alert, callers claim to be employees of the IRS, can sound convincing when they call, use fake names and may know a lot about the people they are targeting. The callers also usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer, police said. If the victim refuses to cooperate, the caller threatens them with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver?s license.

Small aircraft flips in Middleton injuring 2

A Monona couple was injured after a small aircraft flipped Saturday afternoon at the Middleton airport.

Middleton police Sgt. Don Mueller said the department responded to a report of an airplane crash at Morey Airport, 8300 Airport Road, at 3:14 p.m.

Mueller said the 70-year-old pilot, a Monona man, told police he was practicing landings in his Carbon Cub SS Sport two-seat airplane on the airport's grass field. The man made a pass to land but the propeller hit the ground, dug in and caused the aircraft to flip. The man and a passenger, his 66-year-old wife, were injured.

According to a news alert, the landing was the pilot's second attempt after having to abort his first attempt for reasons unknown at this time.

The man suffered a head injury but was out of the plane and walking when police arrived, according to the report. The woman suffered a possible neck injury and broken ribs, Mueller said. Her injuries were serious but non-life-threatening.

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. 

Former Badgers cornerback, twin brother formally charged

A former Badgers football player and his twin brother were formally charged in a string of armed robberies Tuesday.

Jack Ikegwuonu, 28, and his brother William Ikegwuonu both entered not guilty pleas for misdemeanor theft charges.

Police caught the twins last Wednesday after an armed robbery at Klinke Cleaners on the west side, but they are also suspects in four other thefts.

Police said the SUV was the suspected getaway vehicle in a string of robberies, so officers obtained a warrant and placed a GPS device on the SUV just before the Klinke Cleaners robbery.

Officers tracked the SUV as it drove toward downtown Madison after the robbery, police said.

Police said the twins were using money from the robberies to buy heroin.

They will be back in court Dec. 9.

Police: Alert neighbor helped catch jewelry store burglars

Two of three men suspected of burglarizing a jewelry store were caught thanks to an alert neighbor, according to a release from Middleton police.

Officers were called to Chalmers Jewelers at 6202 University Ave. at 4:45 a.m. on Monday for a report of a burglary in progress. Police said a neighbor saw the crime, called police and told them where the burglars were headed.

Officers arrived within minutes and saw suspects getting into a vehicle at a property adjacent to Chalmers Jewelers. The suspects fled on foot, and after a short chase, two out of the three suspects were taken into custody.

James D. Thompson, 26, of Madison, and Dewayne Williams, 39, of Fitchburg, were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Anyone who may have information or witnessed the burglary is asked to contact Middleton police at 608-824-7300, tipster line at 608-824-7304 or text at 608-824-7300.

Former UW cornerback, twin brother suspected in string of robberies

A former UW cornerback and his twin brother were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of five robberies.

Madison police said Jack Ikegwuonu, 28, and William Ikegwuonu were arrested on University Avenue by a team of officers who were looking for an SUV tied to the armed robbery of Klinke Cleaners at 1003 North Gammon Rd. on Wednesday.

Police said the SUV was the suspected getaway vehicle in a string of robberies, so officers obtained a warrant and placed a GPS device on the SUV just before the Klinke Cleaners robbery.

"At the time that the vehicle was pulled over, we did recover a handgun and other evidence from the Middleton robbery," Madison Police Department spokesperson Joel DeSpain said. "So, at this time they've been arrested and tentatively charged with the robbery in Middleton and are suspects in the other four Madison cases."

Officers tracked the SUV as it drove toward downtown Madison after the robbery, police said.

Police: Drunken driver hits street sign, light pole

A Middleton woman who collided with a street sign and street light pole Saturday night faces drunken driving charges, according to a release.

Sarah J. Leale, 28, was driving west in the 5600 block of University Avenue at Hickory Hollow Drive when she lost control of her vehicle, went onto the median and continued driving until she hit a street sign and light pole, Madison police said.

The collision caused the pole to collapse onto the roof of her vehicle, but she was not injured, according to the release.

Leale failed field sobriety tests and was arrested on a tentative charge of first-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, police said.