One, a 15 year old, ‘wanted in multiple jurisdictions’
is restorative driver’s ed the answer?
11:50 in the morning on Friday, 11/01/2019, a school day. Straight from the Madison Police blotter:
Three teens, all believed to be involved in a rash of area burglaries, car thefts, and other crimes, are in custody following a purse snatching and the crash of a stolen car.
At 11:50 a.m., a woman had her purse taken while she was in the parking lot of Hy-Vee, 675 S. Whitney Way. The criminal was seen jumping into a getaway car. A witness was able to provide a good description of it as well as provide police with a license plate number.
The car was already on the MPD’s “Hot Sheet.” It was reported stolen yesterday morning after homeowners on Nottingham Way awoke to find they had been burglarized. A criminal got into an unlocked car which was parked in the driveway. Like so many other recent pattern crimes, a garage door opener was used to access the garage with a criminal entering the house through an unlocked door between the attached garage and the house. A victim’s wallet and car keys were stolen along with the car.
This afternoon, after it fled the Hy-Vee crime scene, officers spotted it on John Nolen Dr., and then on East Washington Ave. They attempted to stop it, but did not pursue it.
The car was found crashed at Atwood Ave. and Dunning St. Witnesses said four teens — all males — took off running from the wreckage. MPD officers, with help from K9 Bowie, were able to run down and apprehend three suspects.
One, a 15-year-old from Madison, is wanted by several jurisdictions. The MPD has probable cause to arrest him for burglary while armed and for dropping a handgun outside of Leopold Elementary School on October 22nd. A five-year-old child found the weapon and picked it up.
Inside today’s crashed stolen car, officers found another handgun, the Hy-Vee victim’s purse, as well as other purses and credit cards. This investigation is in its early stages and will involve other law enforcement agencies.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Guns, stolen cars, robbery and 15 year olds!
- Would Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway’s rapid bus transit solve this problem?
- Still think monitoring the police is the priority?
- School board members Ali Muldrow and Ananda Mirilli: how about offering restorative driver’s ed?