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Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

Madison police bring awareness to open garage burglaries

The Madison Police Department's Burglary Crime Unit hit the streets Thursday to bring community awareness to open garage door burglaries, said police.

According to police, five detectives, one detective sergeant and two analysts went to sections of the city that have had an increase in open garage burglaries. In three hours, police contacted over 60 homes with open garage doors to bring the problem to residents' attention.

MPD: Argument escalates to physical fight at South Transfer Point

MPD: Argument escalates to physical fight at South Transfer Point

Two juvenile girls were cited after an argument turned into a physical fight at the South Transfer Point Wednesday afternoon, Madison police said.

Around 3:25 p.m., an officer working a special assignment at the South Transfer Point noticed two female juveniles who were fighting with a third juvenile, according to a release.

When the argument escalated into a physical fight the girls were detained and separated, police said. Two girls were cited and released to a family member.

Robbers shock man with stun gun

Robbers shock man with stun gun

A 20-year-old man was punched, kicked and shocked with a stun gun by two men who robbed him near a bike trail, according to a release from Madison police.

The man told police the attack happened Saturday night near a bike path off Verona Road and near Freeport Drive.

The robbers fled with his cash, according to police.

The robbers are each described as black, 15 to 18 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 150 pounds. One of them had dreadlocks and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The other had orange Afro hair on the top of his head with shaved sides, and was wearing a navy blue polo shirt.

Police believe 2 vehicle crashes involved heroin

Police believe 2 vehicle crashes involved heroin

A man police believe had ingested heroin careened off of Watts Road Wednesday morning and crashed into a light pole, according to a release.

The man was pinned inside his car for a significant amount of time while Madison Fire Department crews worked to get him out, officials said. The 24-year-old suffered serious leg injuries, but was listed in stable condition.

He is expected to be cited for operating while under the influence.

Police are also investigating a second traffic incident that happened Wednesday morning that they believe also involved heroin.

A 29-year-old man was taken to a hospital for observation after he nearly drove a vehicle into the side of a car wash in the 600 block of South Gammon Road around 11:40 a.m., according to the release.

Robbery victim put in headlock, suffered cuts to back

Robbery victim put in headlock, suffered cuts to back

A Madison man was put in a headlock and suffered cuts to his back while he was being robbed early Friday.

Madison police said the 45-year-old man was approached from behind and placed in a headlock as a robber demanded money in the 4700 block of Crescent Road at about 4:25 a.m. He told police he felt something poking his back which he believed was likely a knife, but he said he never saw a weapon.

The robber took the man’s money and car keys.

A police dog tracked the area, but no suspect was found.

The robber is described as black, 6 feet tall with a medium to muscular build. He was clean shaven, wearing dark hooded jacket or sweatshirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

Man suspected of 8th OWI after Beltline crash

Man suspected of 8th OWI after Beltline crash

A man involved in a crash just off the Beltline Thursday night was arrested on suspicion of eighth-offense operating while intoxicated.

Madison police were called to a crash on the Rimrock Road exit ramp from West Beltline Highway at 9:30 p.m. They said the driver of the truck struck a guardrail, causing extensive damage to the truck.

Christopher J. Doyle, 49, Belleville, was found lying in the traffic lane, according to police. He suffered a non-life-threatening head injury.

Police: Man’s cash stolen as he tries to buy cellphone back from thieves

Police: Man’s cash stolen as he tries to buy cellphone back from thieves

Several teenagers robbed a man after taking his cellphone and then agreeing to sell it back to him Thursday night on Madison’s south side, according to a release.

The man was sitting on a bus around 5 p.m. when a group of teens gathered near the exit door, Madison police said. One of the teens grabbed the man’s cellphone and several of the teens got off the bus near Rimrock Road and Kent Lane.

The man followed the teens off the bus, and was approached by three other teens who exited the bus after him, according to the release. The man was told he would be able to buy his cellphone back from the group, but they eventually stole his money too.

No one was injured in the robbery, and the teens have not been located, officials said.

Police did not provide a description of the teens.