Hold teenage car thieves responsible? In Madison?

Quite a haul: three cars!

Grand Theft AutoFrom WKOW TV-27: Authorities say a family in the Hawks Landing subdivision was asleep early Friday morning when a team of burglars stole three of their vehicles: a 2019 Honda HRV, a 2015 Acura RDX and a 2014 Audi Q5.

“I’m furious, violated, very upset,”  Debbie Schlapia tells 27 News on being victimized. She also says whoever’s responsible needs to be held fully accountable, within juvenile justice system rules if they are not adults.

The thieves found an unlocked car in the victims’ driveway, which contained a garage door opener. From the garage, they got into the home, according to Madison Police.

The early investigation suggests a group of teens had been in the Hawks Landing neighborhood for at least 30 minutes checking for unlocked cars. A person of interest, a Madison teen, was found in the area by responding officers. He has been detained.

Meanwhile on North Shore Drive: near Brittingham Park at 4:30 Friday morning, a resident on Proudfit Street called for police after hearing the sounds of screeching tires and a crash. Police officers found a stolen 2016 Chrysler 200 crashed into a light pole  near the intersection of North Shore Dr. and W. Brittingham Place. Airbags had deployed. The smoking car was empty. The light pole was down.

The Chrysler was reported stolen Monday morning. The victims, who live on Stonebridge Drive, said a burglar got into an unlocked van that was parked in the driveway. The van had a garage door opener, and soon the criminal was inside their home. They never woke up, and discovered the break-in while getting ready for work.

Duck and cover!

GunfightThursday afternoon in the 500 block of Northport Drive, an apartment complex maintenance worker locked himself in an office and called 911 after seeing a young man waving a handgun around in a parking lot where two groups of teens were posturing to fight. When police arrived, all involved had fled. Surveillance video captured much of the disturbance. It shows the confrontation between the two groups. The dispute ends when the weapon is produced. Some fled on foot, others in cars. Officers will be reviewing the video with hopes of identifying the gunman.

Wednesday afternoon on the far southeast side, several concerned callers contacted 911 after hearing a gunshot Wednesday night (09-25-19) at 9:36 in the 4200 block of Owl Creek Dr.

Officers spoke with a woman who saw a young man point a handgun into the air and pull the trigger. The witness said there had been a group outside causing a disturbance. When the shot was fired she grabbed her family members and took cover. Another caller, a mother, said she had recently moved to the area to escape gun violence that was plaguing her prior neighborhood. She said she would now have trouble sleeping, worrying about the safety of her children.

Comment, respond, what do you thinkA responding officer assured there would be extra patrols and that the MPD takes weapons offenses very seriously. Officers did pull over a car witnesses thought might be involved in the incident. A handgun was found and seized, but officers were unable to develop sufficient probable cause to make an immediate arrest.

Shortly after midnight this morning (09-28-19) a 19-year-old male told police his vehicle had been shot at while he was driving outbound on E. Washington Ave. near Hwy 51.  None of the four occupants in the victim vehicle were injured.  The suspect vehicle was described as a dark-colored Lincoln SUV and was last seen driving southbound from E. Washington Ave.  The victim claimed to have no idea why his vehicle was targeted.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: We’re at the point where Madison schools should offer restorative driver’s ed classes. At least the young car thieves won’t be as likely to kill someone on the road. And don’t they know shooting a gun in the city is against the law!

What do YOU think?

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15 Responses to Hold teenage car thieves responsible? In Madison?

  1. Carmine Giannattasio says:

    Lock it or lose it and take advantage of your 2nd amendment rights and Wisconsin’s Castle law.


  2. David Green says:

    I think get the kids off the street. As. Many as you can lock them up in an adult prison for 3 months so the little gang want a bees can see what happens when they go to jail for real. Then put ankle monitors on them until they turn 18. Then probation until they turn 21. If they screw up before they turn 18 then the parents should be held responsible and be slapped with fines. If that doesn’t work put the parents in jail. I’ve been a believer that it starts at home with the parents!!

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  3. Larsen E. Whipsnade says:

    There must be swift, sure and severe consequences to modify this behavior, or it will continue to get worse.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Madison Police: Car That Struck Bicyclist In South Side Hit-And-Run Tuesday Night Was

    Glass half full?

    At least these criminal thug wannabe miscreants are having their NEED to steal vehicles met…

    The Gotch

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    • White Hills says:

      There is a reason the Bikies list serve didn’t light up about victimhood when this happened, like it usually does. Can anyone guess why? Hint… Conflicting narratives.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. libertyordeth says:

    Around the corner from us. These punks have seriously targeted our neighborhood for years.

    On Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 11:17 AM Blaska Policy Werkes wrote:

    > David Blaska posted: “Quite a haul: three cars! From WKOW TV-27: > Authorities say a family in the Hawks Landing subdivision was asleep early > Friday morning when a team of burglars stole three of their vehicles: a > 2019 Honda HRV, a 2015 Acura RDX and a 2014 Audi Q5. “I’m furiou” >


  6. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Dave, your list of car thefts by juveniles could be ten times longer than it is and the pious loons who run this city still wouldn’t respond. The only thing to do is wait until the inevitable death of an innocent pedestrian or–preferably–a thief. Then and only then might some common sense break through the thick fog of the restorative justice approach to crime. (Just curious: How are the thieves, if apprehended, expected to restore the victims’ sense of violation?)

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    • Tom Paine says:

      As a former homeowner in Hawks Landing, I am pleased to learn the libtards finally are experiencing the implications of CHICAGO and Milwaukee. Glad that we left. We’re now saving a net $7k in property taxes, yearly, by moving out of the MSD and Hawks Landing..

      No refuge from crime, regardless property tax levels!!!

      Madison should welcome more poor and inner-city youth. More drug dealers and abusers.



  7. George's Son says:

    “Nuthin’ to see here, folks, just move along…. ” Dane county judges and the DA’s office would truly appreciate it, too. Madison Progressives AND the MMSD are so “woke” now that it can only get better. Why needlessly tilt at windmills? BTW, facetiousness warning, A-Bob…..


  8. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    ”Madison schools should offer RESTORATIVE driver’s ed classes.” (bolds/caps mine)

    On that subject:

    California Shocked To Find Bill Decriminalizing Retail Theft Resulted In……..MORE RETAIL THEFT

    Who’da thunk THAT, am I right?

    The Gotch


  9. Batman says:

    Word on the street:

    This is just a part of karmic payback for white supremacy and will not be ending anytime soon because there be a very big score to settle and these youngsters are considered great SJWs by some within their community.


  10. Batman says:

    Well jeepers; apparently stolen/crashed cars is just a warm up:

    Yet key parts of the intersectional narrative are not born out by data. It is now a standard trope, implanted in freshmen summer reading lists through the works of Ta-Nehesi Coates and others, that whites pose a severe, if not mortal, threat to blacks. That may have once been true, but it is no longer so today. Just this month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released its 2018 survey of criminal victimization. According to the study, there were 593,598 interracial violent victimizations (excluding homicide) between blacks and whites last year, including white-on-black and black-on-white attacks. Blacks committed 537,204 of those interracial felonies, or 90 percent, and whites committed 56,394 of them, or less than 10 percent. That ratio is becoming more skewed, despite the Democratic claim of Trump-inspired white violence. In 2012-13, blacks committed 85 percent of all interracial victimizations between blacks and whites; whites committed 15 percent. From 2015 to 2018, the total number of white victims and the incidence of white victimization have grown as well.

    Blacks are also overrepresented among perpetrators of hate crimes—by 50 percent—according to the most recent Justice Department data from 2017; whites are underrepresented by 24 percent. This is particularly true for anti-gay and anti-Semitic hate crimes.

    You would never know such facts from the media or from Democratic talking points.
    Heather MacDonald, 09/23/2019



    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      Heather MacDonald, per one local Conservative luminary, is, and I quote: ”A National Treasure.

      Who’s The Gotch to disagree.

      The Gotch


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